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Bucs spread the wealth in blowout victory

Joe Avento • Nov 8, 2018 at 9:57 PM

East Tennessee State threw a little bit of everything at Hiwassee on Thursday night and the result was the expected blowout.

All 13 players on the active roster scored and the Bucs ran away from Hiwassee for a 109-44 victory in a non-conference basketball game at Freedom Hall.

“I wish every game was like that,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said. “If you could script one of these type games and do it, I thought we did that tonight.”

Nobody on the ETSU roster played more than 23 minutes and everybody played at least 11. The result came close to a school record for margin of victory. ETSU’s biggest win, a 109-41 decision over Warren Wilson, came during the 2000-01 season.

SHOOTING STARS

Bo Hodges and Mladen Armus, who missed 25 shots between them in the season-opening loss at Georgia State, were the model of efficiency. Hodges went 6 of 8 and scored 12 points, while Armus was 7 for 9 and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

In addition, Tray Boyd III made 5 of his 7 shots after going 1 for 6 in the opener. He finished with 13 points.

“That was great to see them make shots and have a smile on their faces,” said Forbes, whose team improved to 1-1. “I was surprised they didn’t make those shots at Georgia State. They’re very good shooters.”

Overall, ETSU made 61 percent of its shots and went 7 of 14 on 3-pointers.

BY THE NUMBERS

Jeromy Rodriguez, playing his first game in Freedom Hall after sitting out last season with a shoulder injury, finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was really good,” Rodriguez said. “I was waiting for this. Lats year I got hurt. Now I’m excited to be back.”

Daivien Williamson, a freshman point guard, added 11 points and five assists.

When walk-on Myles Rasnick connected on a nifty reverse layup with 4:31 left, the Bucs surpassed the 100-point mark.

“We love when people who don’t play that much come on the court and score,” Hodges said. “Sometimes they don’t want to shoot the ball. I told Myles ‘Just shoot the ball.’ ”

ETSU out-rebounded the Tigers 56-22.

Jamal Weaver led Hiwassee (3-3) with 10 points.

BIG MAN PLAYS BIG

Octavion Corley, ETSU’s 7-foot center, finished with 10 rebounds and nine points. He was a point away from giving the Bucs three double-doubles. He also had five blocked shots.

Corley had been out of action with an injury and recently returned to action.

“I was really excited to play him tonight because he hasn’t had a chance to play,” Forbes said. “He’s athletic. You see what you get there. He can’t keep his shirt tucked in because he’s got no girth on him. He’s got a chance to be a really good player.”

UP NEXT

The Bucs won’t be home again until Nov. 19 when they play host to Chicago State. Before that, they hit the road for games at Creighton on Sunday and at Winthrop on Nov. 17.

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