The Bucs, who were already missing point guard Allen Strothers, were also playing without reserve forwards Brock Jancek and Josh Gregory, neither of whom was on the bench. Strothers missed the team’s last game after reportedly taking an elbow to the head in practice.
ETSU coach Desmond Oliver said Jancek suffered a concussion and Gregory would be “taking some time away from the team.” Amid reports that some kind of fight took place, Oliver said, “No comment on that.”
“He can’t react like that,” Oliver said. “That can’t happen. It changed the game. We were up 17 points at one point and all of a sudden it gets tight.”
Josh Taylor made an appearance for the Bucs after missing seven games with a broken left wrist. With a heavy cast on his arm and playing basically one-handed, Taylor scored one point and had three rebounds in 17 minutes.
Early in the second half, The Citadel’s Austin Ash went down hard trying a layup as a foul was called. He was in obvious pain, but managed to get up and make both free throws before heading to the bench for good. The Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer finished with 13 points.
Saturday is Senior Day for the Bucs as they take on UNCG at Freedom Hall. Jancek, Hairston and DeAnthony Tipler will be honored for their one season of service. If ETSU wins, it would be assured of finishing fifth in the SoCon and avoiding the dreaded play-in game at the conference tournament.
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