East Tennessee State defeats Kennesaw State 76-62

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KENNESAW, Ga. (AP)—Mike Smith and Kevin Tiggs scored 19 points each and East Tennessee State defeated Kennesaw State 76-62 on Tuesday night.

Smith scored 12 of his points in the first half to lead the Buccaneers (8-3, 2-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) to a 34-26 lead at the break.

East Tennessee State scored 20 points off of 19 turnovers, and picked up 40 points in the paint in the win.

Isiah Brown added 18 points and Courtney Pigram chipped in 15 for the Buccaneers.

The game remained in reach for the Owls (5-5, 1-1) for most of the game, as they pulled within 39-37 on a Jon-Michael Nickerson layup with 15:31 left to play.

The Buccaneers then increased their lead to 44-39 with 14:01 left before breaking the game open on a 9-3 run.

Kevin McConnell led the Owls with 18 points and seven assists.

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