Close one in Tennessee
Nov. 19, 2017
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - In a game that saw eight ties and 12 lead changes, East Tennessee State was able to hang on to defeat Duquesne 81-77 on Sunday afternoon at the Brooke Gymnasium.
Conor Richardson scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Kadri-Ann Lass recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds and tied her school record with eight blocks for the Dukes (2-2).
Buccaneers guards Tianna Tarter (33) and Erica Haynes-Overton (21) combined for 54 points to lead ETSU to their fourth (4-1) straight victory.
With the Dukes leading 66-64 in the 4th quarter with 6:33 remaining, ETSU would score the next six points to take a 70-66 lead with 4:21 left to play.
A Julijana Vojinovic 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining ended the Duquesne scoring draught at 2:08 and helped the Dukes score 11 of the next 18 points to tied score at 77-77, capped by a pair of Richardson free throws.
However, on the ensuing possession, Dean hit a 3-pointer from the left side with 24.7 seconds remaining to put the Bucs ahead for good.
"We are really disappointed in our defense today," said head coach Dan Burt. "Teams are attacking us in the post and understandably so we allowed offensive players to catch and give ground after the touch."
ETSU had 38 points in the paint and 24 points off Duquesne turnovers.
"We are not where we need to be and lots of work needs to be done by everybody heading into Tuesday."
The Dukes host Iona (0-3) on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.