Tennessee Tech 65, ETSU 62
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP)
Dennis Ogbe and Jeremia Samarrippas added 11 points apiece for Tennessee Tech (3-0).
Both teams shot an identical 44.4 percent (12 of 27) from the field in a close first period. East Tennessee State (0-2) led at halftime 29-26.
Tennessee Tech trailed early in the second half but took the lead with 17:08 left in the period with Dillard's layup.
The Golden Eagles would push the lead to as much as 13 points but the Buccaneers would fight back.
Samarrippas converted a free throw to push the lead to 65-62 and Cooley missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left to seal the victory.