JOHNSON CITY — When East Tennessee State needed help, it turned to the bench. The trio of Wilson, Riley and Poderis certainly delivered.
Combining for 42 points and contributing key plays during a pivotal second half stretch, the trio helped the Bucs to their first win of the season, besting future Southern Conference foe Samford 89-75 Thursday in the first of a three-game stretch at Freedom Hall.
“Obviously, when you’ve lost four any win feels good,” said ETSU coach Murry Bartow, whose team avoided the program’s first 0-5 start since 1942. “It was a tight game. We’ve been in five tight games, fortunately, we played better in the last 10 minutes of this one