Mike Smith scored a career-high 26 points and East Tennessee State won its first game of the season on Saturday, 73-60 over in-state rival Tennessee Tech.
Justin Tubbs added 13 for the Buccaneers (1-2) and Isiah Brown and Micah Williams had 10 apiece.
East Tennessee State used a 16-0 run to pull ahead 20-12 and led 32-25 at halftime.
The Golden Eagles (0-2) closed to 58-54 with 5:43 left after 3-pointers from Zach Bailey and Zac Swansey, but the Buccaneers hit 3 of 4 free throws and Tubbs made a 3 to extend the lead into double figures for good.
Tennessee Tech shot just 36.5 percent from the floor (19 of 52) compared to 40 percent for East Tennessee State (22 of 55). The Buccaneers made 24 of 30 free throws.
Kevin Murphy and Alfred Jones scored 13 apiece for Tennessee Tech.
East Tennessee State leads the series 36-33.