Men's Basketball Prepares for Southern Conference Tournament
Men's Basketball Prepares for Southern Conference Tournament
Tuesday, February 27, 2001

East Tennessee State Competes in the 2001 Mountain Dew Southern Conference Tournament


Southern Conference North Division Champions ... The Bucs captured their first-ever Southern Conference North Division Championship by going 13-3 in Conference action ... The Bucs earned the best overall Conference record of any SoCon member ... Their SoCon win total equaled a program high that was set in 1993-94 when the Bucs went 13-5 ... ETSUs Conference winning percentage (81.3) was the second best in program history ... The 1989-90 and 1991-92 teams both went 12-2 (85.7) in Conference contests.

Winning Streak ... ETSU enters the Southern Conference Tournament on a four-game win streak -- the longest of any Conference member ... ETSU won seven straight from Jan. 6 to Jan. 27 -- the longest win streak under head coach Ed DeChellis ... The longest win streak in program history, to end the regular season, came in 1992 when the Bucs finished the regular season with five straight victories.

Winning Season ... With its 84-75 win against UNC Greensboro on Feb. 13, ETSU clinched a winning season -- its second in the past three seasons ... It is ETSUs second winning season under head coach Ed DeChellis and its 41st in program history ... The Bucs enjoyed five winning season during the 90s.

Best Defense in Modern Era ... The 2000-01 Buccaneers are -- statiscally speaking -- the best defense in the programs modern era ... The Bucs have held their opponents to 64.9 points per game and a 38.9 shooting percentage this season, well below any of its counterparts ... Before this season, the lowest points per game by ETSUs opponents happened in 1997-98 (66.9) and the lowest field goal percentage by an ETSU opponent happened in 1966-67 (41.1 percent).

A Team Effort ... Although the Bucs enjoyed many stellar individual efforts during the 2000-01 regular season, it was an overall team effort that carried them to the best Conference record in the league ... Five Buc players are averaging more than 8.0 points per game -- led by junior Dimeco Childress 13.0 points per game ... Every player in ETSUs seven-player rotation is averaging more than 7.5 points per game.

Comfort Zone Away from Johnson City ... The Bucs went 7-7 in road games during the 2000-01 regular season ... The seven road wins -- on opponents home floors -- was more than any other SoCon team ... It was the first time an ETSU squad was .500-or-better on the road since going 6-6 during the 1998-99 season.

Is it Really That Simple? ... Looking strictly at a trend from the regular season, ETSU should only have to play 20 minutes to determine the outcome of a game ... The Bucs are 17-2 when leading at the half and 0-7 when trailing at the break ... Once this season, at Davidson (Jan. 8), the game was tied at the break ... ETSU defeated the Wildcats, 59-55.

On Television ... The Bucs television debut for the 2000-01 season came on January 2, 2001 when ETSU fell at Chattanooga, 67-58 ... ETSU evened its television record with a 62-47 win against the College of Charleston in the Mini-Dome (Feb. 6) ... The quarterfinal and semifinal round of the Southern Conference Tournament will be telecast by CSS while the Championship Game will be carried by ESPN. Top 25 ... The Bucs are tied for 25th in this weeks College Hoops Insider Mid-Major College Basketball Poll.

Streaks ... Senior Renaldo Johnson and Dimeco Childress are the only Bucs to score at least one point in all 27 games this season ... Johnson has grabbed at least seven rebounds in each of the last nine games ... He has averaged 8.7 rebounds during that span ... senior D.J. McDuffie and junior Cliff Decoster have both scored in double-figures in each of the last two games ... ETSU has produced more steals than its opponent in each of the last five games and 11 of its last 12 contests.

On a Neutral Court ... The Bucs are 2-5 in neutral court games under head coach Ed DeChellis ... Six of the seven neutral-court games have been played in the Southern Conference Tournament ... ETSU was 1-1 in neutral-sight games last season -- an 85-71 win against The Citadel and a 65-51 loss against the College of Charleston -- in the Southern Conference Tournament.

The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 67-71 (.486) record at ETSU ... He now ranks fifth all-time in victories ... Madison Brooks won 370 games from 1948-73 ... DeChellis came to Johnson City after 10 years as an assistant at Penn State University ... He is 2-4 all-time in the Southern Conference Tournament.

On the Bench ... Joining head coach Ed DeChellis and second-year assistant Hilliary Scott are two new assistant coaches for the 2000-01 season ... Tom Conrad comes to ETSU after serving the past four years as head coach at Charleston Southern ... Conrad led the Buccaneers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 1997 ... Scott Wagers also joins the staff, after serving as a high school head coach for the past nine years ... Wagers compiled a 120-24 record at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida in his five-year tenure.

The Buccaneer Radio Network ... WJCW-AM is the flagship station of the Buccaneer Radio Network. The network will broadcast every mens basketball game and the coaches show. Chip Kessler will serve as the Voice of the Bucs.

Medical Report ... The Bucs enter the Southern Conference Tournament at full strength.

Tournament Headquarters ... The Hyatt Regency will serve as the headquarters for both the ETSU mens and womens teams during the Southern Conference Tournament ... The phone number to reach Simon Gray is 1-800-233-1234.

Single-Game Accomplishments From This Season

First Win Against College of Charleston ... For the first time in program history, the Bucs defeated College of Charleston, 62-47, on Feb. 6 ... ETSU never trailed and outrebounded the Cougars by 21 (43-22) -- its largest margin of the season ... ETSU held the Cougars to 34.0 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from 3-pt. range ... With the Bucs leading by seven (49-42) with 6:07 remaining, Dimeco Childress scored the games next eight points and scored ETSUs next 10 points to secure the win.

A Rare Win in Boone ... The Bucs 72-67 win against Appalachian State (Jan. 27) marked the programs first victory in Boone, N.C. since the 1994-95 campaign ... It also marked the first time ETSU swept the Mountaineers since 1994-95 (61-56 on Jan. 15 in Johnson City) ... The Bucs defeated App. State 74-68 in Boone and 83-74 in Johnson City that year.

A Dominating Performance ... The Bucs played an almost flawless game in defeating Western Carolina, 98-47, on February 3 ... The 51-point victory was the largest in a Southern Conference game in program history ... The previous mark was 36 points in a 102-66 win against Western Carolina in 1992 ... ETSU tied a season-high with 23 assists and its 18 steals was the second highest of the season ... The Bucs nailed nine three-pointers, their most since hitting 13 against Warren Wilson on Dec. 5 ... The ETSU defense held the Catamounts to 25.5 percent from the field, the lowest by an opponent this season.

Margin of Victory ... ETSU captured its biggest victory in program history (68 points), 109-41, against Warren Wilson on Dec. 5 ... ETSU led 59-17 at halftime and opened to a 72-point advantage, 101-29, with 4:38 remaining in the second half ... Dimeco Childress netted a team-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting ... point guard Cliff Decoster dished five assists and thieved five steals ... Jerald Fields (13) and Ryan Carson (11) also scored in double figures ... freshman Zakee Wadood grabbed seven rebounds ... ETSU shot well (57.1 percent) from the field while holding Warren Wilson to 28.8 percent.