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Good scores 24 to lead Bucs over Skyhawks

Johnson City Press • Nov 9, 2019 at 10:41 PM

MARTIN — Patrick Good and his East Tennessee State basketball teammates were back on target Saturday night.

The redshirt junior scored 24 points to lead the Bucs to a 92-75 win at UT-Martin.

Good, a former David Crockett High School standout, had hip surgery in March and had been battling back problems over the past week. He showed no ill effects of either Saturday, hitting 8 of 10 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range on Pat Summitt Court.

“You can’t predict how you’re going to shoot. You have to be ready every single moment,” Good said on the post-game radio interview. “You have to shoot every single shot the same. Bo (Hodges) found me early in the corner. Then I got a steal and got a quick couple of buckets there.

“Then the juices got going and they started running plays for me. I just had to keep knocking down shots because I didn’t want the lead to slip away.”

As a team, the Bucs (2-0) hit 35 of 56 attempts from the floor — going 10-of-20 from 3-point range.

Hodges came through with 15 points and five assists while Jeromy Rodriguez had 14 points and 10 rebounds. ETSU, which got 11 points from Davien Williamson, dominated the second half — hitting 70 percent over the last 20 minutes.

“I thought the second half we played a lot harder,” Forbes said. “We played better and shot the ball at a high clip. We hit 50 percent from the three and our defense did some nice things to push them out and make them take tough shots.”

Quintin Dove led the Skyhawks (1-1) with a game-high 25 points.

The Bucs opened up a seven-point lead (29-22) in the first half with a steal and layup by Good. ETSU led 34-29 after a Vonnie Patterson layup before the Skyhawks went on an 11-1 run.

UT-Martin led 42-39 at the half.

ETSU stormed out of the locker room, scoring the first 10 points of the second half. The Bucs didn’t look back, stretching the lead to as many as 22 points.

For the game, the Bucs notched a 40-27 rebounding advantage and held the Skyhawks to 27-of-67 shooting. Craig Randall II finished with 17 points and Derek Hawthorne Jr. added 15 for UT-Martin.

While the Bucs forced 19 turnovers, Forbes believed the defensive pressure and ETSU’s depth with a 37-9 advantage in bench points played even more of a factor in the final result.

“Just because you’re not getting steals … you’re wearing them down,” Forbes said. “I thought we did a good job of wearing them down tonight.”

The Bucs will return to action Thursday, hosting Winthrop at Freedom Hall. It will be a rematch of last season’s 76-74 ETSU win in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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