East Tennessee St. tops S.C.-Upstate 66-61

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP)—Kevin Tiggs matched his career high of 32 points as East Tennessee State held off South Carolina-Upstate 66-61 on Thursday night, ending a three-game skid.

Mike Smith scored 20 points to become the third active Buccaneers player to reach the 1,000-point mark, joining Tiggs and Courtney Pigram.

Smith singlehandedly outscored the Spartans 6-2 to help ETSU (18-9, 12-5 Atlantic Sun Conference) extend a 55-54 lead to 61-56 with 1:15 left. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Buccaneers needed the win to stay in the hunt for the conference regular-season title and No. 1 tournament seed.

S.C.-Upstate (7-19, 6-11) took a 54-53 lead on a De’Marion Gordon layup with 5:50 left, but ETSU quickly regained the edge with a Greg Hamlin jumper.

Bobby Davis led the Spartans, who have lost three straight, with 16 points and eight rebounds.

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 Top Performers
 E. Tennessee St.
Kevin Tiggs Kevin Tiggs
11-21,  32 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
 South Carolina Upstate
Bobby Davis Bobby Davis
6-10,  16 Pts
8 Rebs, 2 Assists

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