East Tenn. St. 82, Morehead State 70

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Tim Smith and Travis Strong combined
for 44 points to lead East Tennessee State past Morehead State
82-70 Thursday.

Smith had 24 points and Strong 20 as the Buccaneers (3-6) held
off a late rally by Morehead State (1-9).

ETSU led 63-50 with 8:40 left, but the Eagles cut it to 71-66
with 3:35 left. Smith then hit a basket and two free throws in the
next 30 seconds as the Bucs pulled away for good.

Ben Rhoda added 14 points for ETSU and Brad Nuckles had 12.

Quentin Pryor led the Eagles with 21 points, Shaun Williams had
17 and Cordaryl Ballard had 12, including 5-of-7 from the floor.

Morehead State's last lead was 42-40 early in the second half.

ETSU led 36-34 at the half on Smith's jumper at the buzzer.

The Bucs had a big advantage at the line, making 21-of-34
compared to 6-of-8 for the Eagles.