JOHNSON CITY — Dunk City never took flight.
Leading from the opening tip until the final horn, East Tennessee State’s men put together arguably its best game of the season against 2013 NCAA Tournament darling and Atlantic Sun Conference co-leader Florida Gulf Coast.
While limiting the fast-paced, breakaway game of the Eagles, the Buccaneers combined 12 treys with five scorers in double figures in an 89-81 upset Thursday at MSHA Athletic Center.
“I’m really proud of my team,” said ETSU coach Murry Bartow. “We got off to a good start and led the entire game. We had a great 48 hours leading into the game. Rashawn (Rembert) was great, Lester (Wilson) was great, Hunter (Harris) was great … I thought all seven of our guys played well. It’s one (win), but it’s a nice one.”
Earning a measure of revenge from a 28-point road loss earlier in the season against FGCU, Rembert tallied a career-high 31 points while Wilson added 18 — each landing six treys apiece — to spark an offensive effort from the Bucs despite the absence of injured senior Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard.