ETSU 71, Chattanooga 70

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP)—Courtney Pigram had a career-high 29 points and hit a 3-pointer with less than two seconds left in overtime to lead East Tennessee State to a 71-70 win over Chattanooga Wednesday night.

East Tennessee State (2-1) was down 70-68 after the Mocs’ Casey Long scored four straight points in the final minute. After a timeout, the Buccaneers set up the shot for Pigram, a sophomore averaging 19 points so far this season.

“That was a great shot. I was amazed myself,” said Pigram, who missed 3-pointer at the end of regulation that would have won the game. “I’m glad I got a second chance. I rushed the first one, but that last play was a set play and we ran it. I was open and came through.”

Brad Nuckles, who had a double-double for 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, tied the game for the Bucs by hitting a pair of free throws in the last minute of regulation.

Pigram shot 9-of-21 from the field, including 7-of-13 from the arc, while Nuckles was 4-of-4 from the line.

Chattanooga (1-1) was led by Keddric Mays with 26 points, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range, and Nicchaeus Doaks with 11 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Bridgewaters hit a jumper at the clock in the first half to tie it at 29.

The Mocs controlled the boards 46-38, led by Long with 11 rebounds.

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8-17,  26 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
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C. Pigram C. Pigram
9-21,  29 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists

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