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Good has record-breaking night in Bucs' win at WCU

Jeff Birchfield • Jan 27, 2019 at 1:36 AM

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Patrick Good and his East Tennessee State teammates made it look easy Saturday night.

The sophomore guard broke the school record with 11 3-point goals and scored a career-high 35 points in the Bucs’ 91-69 Southern Conference basketball win over Western Carolina at the Ramsey Center.

At one point, the former David Crockett star was 9-for-10 from 3-point range. He finished 11-for-17, breaking Courtney Pigram’s school record of 10 set against Mercer on Feb. 28, 2009. It was the 34th time an ETSU player has scored 35 or more points, and Good became the 16th player to do so.

“This was a blessing tonight,” Good said. “I grew up watching Courtney Pigram play in the Mini-Dome. Just to go out there and play Division I basketball with my teammates is something I’ve dreamed of and everything just played out. I haven’t had the best January shooting the ball, but tonight changed everything.

“I give the glory to God and I have to thank my teammates and coaching staff.”

It was fun for the coaching staff as well after Good and his teammates turned an expected tough road game into an ETSU romp.

“It was great to see Pat have a special night like that,” Bucs coach Steve Forbes said. “You’re always happy for your players when something like that happens. It couldn’t have come at a better time as we were prepared to come in here for a battle.”

ETSU (17-5, 7-2) got started on a new winning streak by scoring the first eight points of the game and taking an early 17-3 lead. The Bucs led 45-31 at halftime one week after having their eight-game winning streak snapped by UNC Greensboro.

The performance also came after Forbes reinserted Mladen Armus and Isaiah Tisdale into the starting lineup. Armus, the 6-foot-10 forward, responded with a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, his fourth career double-double. He was able to best the Catamounts’ Carlos Dotson, who ended with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

“As great as Pat was, Mladen also had a great night with the 21 and 12,” Forbes said. “Dotson is one of the biggest guys in the league and he did a great job guarding him. We put Mladen and Tisdale in there because they’re a little thicker, a little more physical, and I thought we needed that on the road. They did a great job as we started three point guards with Pat, Daivien (Williamson) and Tisdale.

“We were able to just go and play, and we had a great flow with our offense.”

Matt Halvorsen, a sophomore guard from Kingsport, was matched up with Good for part of the first half. Halvorsen scored 16 points for the Catamounts (5-17, 2-7). Kameron Gibson led Western Carolina with 28 points.

Western couldn’t stand up to the Bucs’ barrage from the inside as well as the outside. ETSU outscored the Catamounts 44-26 in the paint, including seven dunks — three of them from Armus. Teammate Jeromy Rodriguez joined in on the fun with his own pair of dunks and 14 points overall.

“We had the whole week of practicing hard and it showed up on the court,” Armus said. “We had some good days of practice and we tried to treat this like a practice.

“Jeromy and I played together all summer and we know where each other is going to move. He knows how to find me and I know how to find him. We make a good team.”

ETSU held advantages of 12-2 in steals, 16-4 in second- chance points and 18-7 in assists with six assists from Williamson. The sharing of the basketball paid off and the Bucs finished 36-for-65 shooting from the field (55.6 percent).

NEXT UP

The Bucs have a two-game road trip coming up with games at Samford on Thursday and Chattanooga on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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