JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2007) -- Riding an eight-game winning streak and enjoying a two-game lead in the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season standings, the ETSU men's basketball team will return home to face league rival Gardner-Webb Friday evening, as well as honor the fifth and final Top 5 fan favorite selection.
Former Buccaneer standout Tom Chilton burned the nets inside Brooks Gym from 1959 to 1961, scoring a remarkable 26.1 points per game. His per game scorning mark ranks five points better than the next nearest player, and his 1,801 points still stands fifth all-time, even though he played without the benefit of a 3-point line and did not play a full four-year career. Those numbers made Chilton an easy pick for ETSU fans, and the first 2,000 fans to enter Memorial Center will receive a free commemorative lapel pin designed to honor Chilton's No. 42 jersey.
As for the game itself, the Bucs (16-7 overall, 10-1 A-Sun) and Bulldogs (7-15, 5-6) will tip at 7 p.m., as the two teams rekindle what has become a significant rivalry in just two seasons. ETSU dropped G-W 66-63 in a hard-fought contest early in January, with senior Brad Nuckles (Council, Va.) leading the way in a winning effort thanks to a career high 31 points. The two teams are 2-2 all-time.
For more on the game, click on the game notes link located above. ETSU fans unable to attend the game can watch live via the video streaming broadcast at ETSUBucs.com. Click on the above link to access the streaming order page.