ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WJHL) – Devin Robinson tied his career-high with 24 points, Kasey Hill added 14 and No. 4 seed Florida used a second-half surge to beat 13th-seeded East Tennessee State 80-65 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
Robinson, an NBA prospect who had been relatively quiet late in the season, scored his most points in nearly two months. He made 10 of 17 shots and chipped in seven rebounds. The speedy Hill reached double figures for the fourth consecutive game. He also added six rebounds and five assists for his most complete game in a month.
Kevarrius Hayes, filling in for injured center John Egbunu, finished with seven points, seven rebounds and six steals. He broke the school record for steals in an NCAA Tournament game.
All week long, Bucs fans in our region have been prepping for the big game.
News Channel 11’s Justin Soto spoke with excited ETSU students who boarded a bus Wednesday night bound for Orlando.
ETSU freshman, Kyler McKeel said he’s grateful for the opportunity to see the Bucs play at this level during his first year of college.
“It’s awesome, I’m blessed that this happened my first year here,” McKeel said.
Also on Wednesday, News Channel 11 Sports’ Kenny Hawkins and Kane O’Neill brought you a recap of the Bucs’ season during our “ETSU – Road to the Tournament” special that aired at 7 p.m.
Kane also brought you the story of ETSU’s “Land of Misfit Toys.”
“We have some guys from the land of misfit toys,” said Forbes. “If you ever watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you know what I’m talking about. We all need homes here. We all have a story and we’ve come together for a common goal though, and that is to win and to go to the NCAA tournament.”
On Tuesday afternoon, News Channel 11’s Jordan Moore captured fans and students who gathered on campus to wish the ETSU Men’s basketball team good luck in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
News Channel 11’s Curtis McCloud spoke with the 50 students who were able to secure their seat on the free charter bus sponsored by Mountain States Health Alliance.
Curtis also reported on the newly energized ETSU campus, a result of the success of the men’s basketball team this season.
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