Kevin Tiggs’ 26 points help ETSU top Mercer 85-79

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP)—Kevin Tiggs had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift East Tennessee State to an 85-79 win over Mercer on Friday night.

After watching a nine-point lead dwindle to one, Buccaneers (12-9, 6-2 Atlantic Sun) senior Andrew Reed hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left to help outlast Mercer.

James Florence led the Bears (9-12, 4-4) with 20 points, and Shaddean Aaron added 17 points.

Kenyona Swader was 8-for-13 shooting, scoring 22 points and grabbing 9 rebounds for East Tennessee State, which forced 16 turnovers. The win was the fourth straight for the Bucs.

Meanwhile, the Bears shot 41 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Bucs 49-44.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Mercer
Shaddean Aaron Shaddean Aaron
6-12,  17 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
 E. Tennessee St.
Kevin Tiggs Kevin Tiggs
11-16,  26 Pts
12 Rebs, 2 Assists

Team Stat Leaders

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Rebounds
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