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E. Tennessee St. 82, Charleston Southern 65

December 19, 1997

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) _ Greg Stephens scored 25 points Thursday night as East Tennessee State cruised past Charleston Southern 82-65.

ETSU (5-4) opened up an early 20-8 lead after a free throw by Stephens with 11:37 left in the first half and held a 41-30 edge at the half.

After falling behind 53-36, Southern (1-9) made a run at the Bucs, trimming its deficit to 60-51 on a jumper by Vincent Mitchell with 9:11 remaining.

East Tennessee then began to pull away and led 79-57 after a pair of free throws by Gareth Davis with 2:05 to play.

Reggie Todd added 15 points to the Bucs’ total while Kyle Keeton finished with 13 points and Adrian Meeks with 12. Meeks and Todd each pulled in 11 rebounds.

Adam Larrick topped Charleston Southern with 24 points and Nick Mitchell scored 10 points.

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