Men's Basketball Prepares for VMI
Men's Basketball Prepares for VMI
Tuesday, February 20, 2001

ETSU (16-9, 11-3 SoCon) vs. VMI (8-17, 4-10 SoCon)

Wednesday, February 21, 2001 - 7:30 p.m.

Johnson City, Tenn. - Memorial Center

Todays Game ... ETSU is 16-9 overall, 11-3 in the Southern Conference ... With a win tonight, the Bucs will clinch the Southern Conference North Division Crown ... ETSU has already clinched a bye in the first round of the 2001 Mountain Dew Southern Conference Tournament ... The Bucs have swept their season series with Appalachian State, Davidson and Western Carolina and split with UNC Greensboro ... This year marked the first time in program history that ETSU swept both Davidson and Appalachian State in the same season ... ETSU has won four of its last five and 11 of its last 13 games ... Junior Dimeco Childress has made his last nine free throw attempts.

Double-Doubles vs. Davidson ... Senior forwards Renaldo Johnson (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Adrian Meeks (11 points, 11 rebounds) both notched double-doubles vs. Davidson on Feb. 17 ... It was Johnsons team-high fourth of the season, while Meeks notched his second of the year ... It marked the first time two players had reached double-doubles in the same game since Feb. 2, 2000 when Leo Murray (10p, 15r) and Adrian Meeks (10p, 10r) accomplished the feat against Western Carolina.

Home Sweet Dome ... Tonight will be the final home game of the 2000-01 season for ETSU ... The Bucs are 10-2 in the Dome this season and have won their previous nine home contests ... ETSU is 7-0 in Southern Conference home games ... The last time the Bucs were undefeated at home during the Conference slate was during the 1991-92 season when they went 9-0.

Success in Johnson City ... Since head coach Ed DeChellis arrived in 1996-97, the Bucs are 43-20 (.683) in 63 home contests .... ETSU is 10-2 this season and was 8-5 last season, 10-4 in 1998-99, 9-3 in 1997-98 and 6-6 in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are undefeated during the Conference season in the Mini-Dome (7-0).

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.

A Buccaneer Sharp Shooter ... Sophomore Ryan Lawson has tied a career high with four three-pointers in each of the last three games ... The Rogersville, Tenn. native, was 4-of-6 from behind the arc at Georgia Southern, 4-of-5 against UNC Greensboro and 4-of-5 vs. Davidson ... He has led the team in scoring (17, 18 and 19 respectively) in those games ... Lawson ranks second on the team with 38 treys and leads the Bucs with a 41.8 3-pt. percentage.

Entering the Record Book ... Senior Adrian Meeks has gathered 131 rebounds this season and has grabbed 611 in his career ... The Lexington, Miss. native, ranks ninth on ETSUs all-time rebounding list and is 18 boards behind Ernie Sims (1967-68) for eighth ... Junior Cliff Decoster has thieved 86 steals in his career and is one away from tying Buc standout and former assistant coach Jerry Pelphrey for 10th on ETSUs all-time steal list.

An Offensive Glass Cleaner ... Senior Renaldo Johnson leads the Bucs in rebounding (6.2/game) ... He has gathered 155 boards this season, 77 on the offensive end ... Johnson ranks third in the Southern Conference in offensive rebounds/game (3.0) ... The Montgomery, Ala. native, has grabbed seven-or-more boards in each of the last seven games.

Scooter Leads In Southern Conference Games ... Senior Renaldo Scooter Johnson leads the team in scoring with 11.1 points/game in Conference contests ... Johnson also leads the team with 6.4 rebounds/SoCon game ... In 12 Conference contests, Johnson is shooting 64.9 percent (63-97) from the floor.

Recipe For Success ... When the Bucs accomplish certain feats they are a tough team to beat ... ETSU is 12-2 when it outrebounds the opponent and 10-2 when it holds the opponent to 39.0 percent-or-less shooting ... The Bucs are 15-2 when leading at the half ... ETSU is 7-0 when shooting 50.0 percent or higher and 9-0 when holding its opponent to 60-or-fewer points ... On an individual basis, the Bucs are 8-2 when Cliff Decoster scores in double figures and 8-1 when he leads the team in steals.

Southern Conference Leaders ... After 25 games this winter, ETSU ranks among the Southern Conference leaders in many categories ... ETSU leads the SoCon in field goal percentage defense (40.4 percent), scoring margin (+8.1) and steals/game (9.68) ... The Bucs rank second in field goal percentage (44.7), scoring defense (65.0 ppg) and rebounding margin (+5.2) ... The Bucs rank third in scoring offense (73.2 ppg), turnover margin (+2.04) and rebounding (39.3).

Individual Leaders of the SoCon ... Junior Dimeco Childress is tied for 11th in the Southern Conference in scoring (13.2 ppg) ... Childress ranks 10th in 3-pt. field goals made (1.96) ... junior Cliff Decoster ranks 13th in assists (3.08 apg) and fourth in steals (1.88 spg) ... senior Renaldo Johnson ranks fourth in field goal percentage (59.2) and is tied for third with 3.08 offensive rebounds/game.

Starting Lineups ... The Bucs used the same starting lineup in the first five games and have used the same lineup in each of the last 19 contests ... Records of starting lineup: (Decoster, Childress, McDuffie, Meeks, Johnson - 1-4 / Games 1-5); (Decoster, Childress, Carson, Johnson, Seels - 1-0 / Game 6); (Decoster, Childress, Lawson, Meeks, Johnson - 14-5 / Games 7-25).

In the Southern Conference ... ETSU is 36-39 (.480) in the Southern Conference since head coach Ed DeChellis took over in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are 11-3 this winter ... ETSU opened this winters campaign with 11 consecutive non-conference games, going 5-6.

The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 65-71 (.478) 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.

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 are operating at full strength.