JOHNSON CITY, TN — If you were in Freedom Hall Saturday, ETSU’s gold uniforms weren’t the only pretty thing you saw. The Bucs and UNC Greensboro put on a show, and lucky for us, it was the home team who had the final answer.
TJ Cromer’s three pointer with six seconds left gave ETSU the 86-83 win.
That was just the exclamation point on a big day from the perimeter. The Bucs, who really haven’t been prolific from long range this year, tied the school record with 15 made three pointers, allowing them to overcome a Spartans team that is very good in the post.
“That’s great coaching, I think,” Head Coach Steve Forbes joked afterward. “I don’t know. No, it’s not. Those guys made…and they were big shots. They weren’t just horse shots. Those guys were making pressure shots. It’s not a blowout. They had to make them to win the game, so I’m really proud of them for that.”
Now the Bucs get the quick turnaround again. For the second straight week, they follow up a Saturday game with one on Monday night.
The good thing, of course, is both games are at home. ETSU welcomes VMI into Freedom Hall this year, and it’s a much different bunch of Keydets coming in.
Duggar Baucom and his 100 point per game offense has moved on to The Citadel, and VMI is all the worse for it so far. They’ve lost three straight and six of eight, and the Bucs are just glad to be entering the game on even footing.
“It’s just a quick turnaround. They’re going to be just as much at a disadvantage as we are. I’m glad that they didn’t have seven days to prepare while we had one,” Forbes said. “We got in that situation this year with Wilmington, and they came in here and kicked our butt. I’m happy that they have the same type of prep that we do.”
The Bucs and Keydets take the court Monday night at 6:00.