Short-handed ETSU rallies to beat Charleston Southern

POSTED: 11:56 PM Nov 20 2012

Starting three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior, a short-handed ETSU men’s basketball team overcame adversity off the court and rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit to win 59-57 over Charleston Southern in non-conference basketball action Tuesday night inside the Buccaneer Fieldhouse.

While redshirt freshman Lester Wilson led the way with a career high 26 points and junior Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard posted a 12-point, five-rebound effort, it was sophomore post John Walton whose layup was the game-winner with 3.7 seconds left on the clock.

The Buccaneers (1-2), who played the game without the services of senior guards Sheldon Cooley and Marcus Dubose because both have been suspended indefinitely from the team for violations of team rules and policies, battled throughout the contest and got spectacular individual efforts from several players to pick up the win.

“I just told the guys in the locker room that I’ve coached a lot of basketball games and I’ve been a part of a lot of wins in my career, but this is the biggest win and most special one I’ve ever been a part of,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow.