E. Kentucky 70, ETSU 53
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP)—Mike Rose scored a career-high 27 points to lead Eastern Kentucky to a 70-53 win over East Tennessee State on Monday.
Julian Mascoll added 14 points for Eastern (2-0), and Adam Leonard had 12.
Courtney Pigram led East Tennessee (1-1) with 15 points, followed by Brad Nuckles with 12 and Mike Smith with 11.
Rose scored 22 points in the second half, with four 3-pointers, and finished 11-of-13 from the field on the night.
Rose scored 11 in a row during an Eastern spurt that pushed the margin to a game-high 20 points at 63-43 with five minutes left.
Eastern trailed 20-11 with 10:31 remaining in the first half but outscored the Buccaneers 21-11 during the remainder of the half for a 32-31 halftime lead.
East Tennessee tied the score at 32 on its first possession of the second half, but the Colonels scored 10 unanswered points to push the lead to 42-32 with 16 minutes remaining.
The Buccaneers narrowed the lead to seven twice in the second half but couldnt get any closer.