ETSU 81, Mercer 61

MACON, Ga. -- Kevin Tiggs scored a game-high 21 points as East Tennessee State defeated Mercer 81-61 on Thursday night in its Atlantic Sun Conference opener.

Mike Smith added 20 for the Buccanneers, (5-3, 1-0) whose coach, Bob Hoffman, was ejected for his second technical foul with 12:42 left in the game.

East Tennessee State took the lead early building it to seven points on a Courtney Pigram layup with 11:36 left in the first half, which made the score 18-11. The Buccaneers increased the lead in the second half to as many as 22 points.

Micah Williams tallied a season-high 13 points, while Pigram added 12 for East Tennessee State.

Mercer (6-3, 1-1) Daniel Emerson scored 20 points, James Florence added 15 and Calvin Henry had 10.