JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2014) – Building a substantial lead early in the game and then never relinquishing a double-digit advantage the rest of the way, the ETSU men’s basketball team cruised to a 93-66 win over Stetson Saturday on Senior Day inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
Junior guard Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) powered the Buccaneers with a game-high 21 points and freshman guard A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) finished with a double-double thanks to 13 points and 10 rebounds, as the Buccaneers improved to 16-12 overall, 9-6 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. Meanwhile, Stetson dropped to 7-18, 5-8.
“This is a great win and we are really happy to get this one for our seniors, but we’re hoping this won’t be their last home game,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team now holds a half game lead over USC Upstate for third place in the league and can secure a home tournament game by finishing fourth or higher in the league standings.
“This was one of the best rebounding performances of the year, but we’re still not defending great. Thankfully, we are scoring the ball well.”
With seniors Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.), Hunter Harris (Nashville), Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) and Todd Halvorsen (Kingsport, Tenn.) playing their final regular season game inside the Dome, the Buccaneers sent their teammates out in style.
For the second straight game, the Bucs’ offense was clicking, as the team shot 63 percent from the field in the first half and 57 percent for the game. ETSU also hit 41 percent of its shots from 3-point range, with Rembert going 5-of-7 from long range, and the Bucs out-rebounded the Hatters 38-22.
In the first half, the Bucs trailed 10-9 before going on a 13-0 run to take a 22-10 lead. From there, the advantage grew to 19 points at 33-14, and ETSU eventually led 44-30 at the break. After the intermission, Stetson got to within 11 at 56-45, but another 11-2 run by the Bucs ended any hopes of a comeback for the Hatters.
Along with Rembert and Merriweather, ETSU also got double-digit efforts from sophomore forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) with 15, while junior guard Jalen Riley (Racine, Wis.) and Gadsden-Gilliard finished with 10 points apiece.
With his five 3-pointers, Rembert now has 83 on the season and has moved into third place on the program’s all-time, single season list for made 3-pointers. He is now just four away from breaking the school record of 86 set by Courtney Pigram (Memphis) back in the 2006-07 season.
Stetson got a team-high 17 points from guard Raymone Andrews, while forwards Willie Green and Brian Pegg netted 14 and 12, respectively.
The Bucs will now return to the road to finish out the regular season, beginning Thursday night at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., with game time set for 7:15 p.m. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2013-14 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.