Cromer finished with 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 10 of 12 from the line. Deuce Bello had 12 points off the bench for the Buccaneers (6-6), who averaged 46.8 percent shooting from the field and 72.2 percent from the line.
East Tennessee State built a 21-12 lead with 8:25 to play in the first half and led 39-21 at the break.
Morehead State surged late in the second half, going 16-8 to close the gap to eight points, 66-58, with 3:26 to play. A Cromer jumper made it 68-58 and the Buccaneers held on for the win.