Belmont 82, ETSU 70
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP)
Belmont (14-7, 7-2) shot 52.7 percent (29 of 55) compared to 36.8 percent (21 of 57) for the Buccaneers.
The Bruins, coming off a 79-78 loss to South Carolina-Upstate, led 27-12 at halftime and maintained a double-digit lead until Jarvis Jones drained three free throws to make it 79-70 with 36 seconds left.
Sheldon Cooley and Marcus Dubose scored 18 each to lead East Tennessee (10-9, 5-4), whose only lead was at 1-0.
Belmont and ETSU have been the lone A-Sun representatives in the NCAA Tournament the last six years.