CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Peter Jurkin scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as East Tennessee State defeated Chattanooga 85-66 on Saturday, running its win streak to six games.
ETSU (12-4, 3-0 Southern Conference) led from start to finish in its third dominating performance to open SoCon play. The Buccaneers defeated Mercer by 19 and Binghamton by 18 before Saturday's 19-point win. ETSU has won 10 of its last 11 and is ranked in the Mid-Major polls.
Mladen Armus added 14 points and five rebounds in nine minutes, Desonta Bradford scored 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers, Devontavius Payne added 12 points five rebounds and two assists for the Buccaneers.
Nat Dixon led Chattanooga (6-10, 0-3) with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Joshua Phillips scored 17.
ETSU controlled the boards 42-29, blocked five shots and outscored Chattanooga 39-11 in the paint.
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