JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Joab Jerome scored 18 points and Winthrop pulled away from East Tennessee State in a 76-66 victory on Tuesday night.
With a double digit lead in the second half, Winthrop (3-1) allowed 15 unanswered points to East Tennessee State (0-4) and the Buccaneers took a 49-48 lead on Rashawn Rembert's 3-pointer.But Andre Smith responded with a 3-pointer for Winthrop, and the Eagles went on a 14-2 run to open a 62-51 lead. Jerome's 3-pointer with 5:32 left put Winthrop up 68-56, and the Eagles maintained a double-digit advantage from that point forward.Winthrop shot 49.2 percent from the field (29-59) and made 8-of-17 3-pointers, led by Brandon Vega with three.James Bourne scored 12 for Winthrop. Keon Johnson had 11 and Smith added 10.Hunter Harris led East Tennessee State with 18 points. Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard added 16.Winthrop snapped a nine-game road losing streak with the win.