Men's Basketball Prepares for Appalachian State
Men's Basketball Prepares for Appalachian State
Thursday, January 25, 2001

ETSU (11-7, 6-1 SoCon) vs. Appalachian State (6-14, 3-4 SoCon)

January 27, 2001 - 1 p.m.

Boone, N.C. - Seby Jones Arena

Tonight's Game ... ETSU is enjoying its longest win streak (six games) under head coach Ed DeChellis ... The Bucs havent won seven straight since the 1991-92 season when they won nine consecutive games before falling to Michigan in the NCAA Southeast Regionals second round ... ETSU has won eight of its last nine games ... ETSU is 5-5 on the road and 6-1 in the Southern Conference this year ... The Bucs are 4-0 against SoCon North teams ... The Bucs 6-1 Southern Conference record is their best start since going 6-1 to start the 1992-93 Conference campaign.

Quite a Performance ... Junior point guard Cliff Decoster enjoyed a career game in the Bucs 74-60 win at VMI (Jan. 24) ... The Miramar, Fla. native, netted 19 points, one short of his career high set at VMI on Jan. 29, 2000, on a career-high seven field goals ... Decoster set a career mark with seven steals and added five rebounds ... He also produced four steals and had a key block late in the contest ... The junior led the team in steals for the seventh time this season -- the Bucs are 6-1 in those games.

During the Streak ... ETSU is enjoying its longest win streak (six games) since 1991-92 ... Four players -- Renaldo Johnson (10.8), Dimeco Childress (10.0), D.J. McDuffie (9.8) and Cliff Decoster (9.5) -- have averaged more than nine points per game during the streak ... ETSU is averaging 67.8 ppg while holding its opponent to 57.0 ppg (+10.8) ... The Bucs have outrebounded their opponents 244-207 (40.7-34.5 rpg) ... Adrian Meeks (6.8) and Johnson (4.8) have led the rebouding effort.

More Streaks ... Senior Renaldo Johnson and junior Dimeco Childress are the only two Bucs that have scored at least one point and grabbed at least one rebound in all 18 games this year ... The Bucs have outrebounded their opponent in each of the last six games and eight of the last nine contests ... The only time the Bucs were outrebounded (Chattanooga on Jan. 2) was the only loss in that stretch ... The ETSU defense has held its opponent to fewer than 40.0 percent shooting in each of the last four games ... The Bucs have produced more steals than its opponent in nine of the last 10 contests ... senior Adrian Meeks has grabbed double-digit rebounds in each of the past two contests.

The Magic Number....60 ... The Bucs have held their opponent to 60-or-fewer points in each of the last five contests .... ETSU is 7-0 this winter when holding its opponent to 60-or-fewer points ... The Bucs are 1-2 when scoring fewer than 60 points ... During ETSUs six-game win streak, the opposition is averaging 57.0 points per game.

Stingy Defense ... After 18 games this season, the Bucs lead the Southern Conference in field goal percentage defense (40.0 percent) and second in scoring defense (64.7 ppg) ... ETSU has not allowed its opponent to convert 25-or-more field goals in 13 consecutive games ... The Bucs have allowed its opponent to shoot above 45 percent only once in the past eight games ... After seven Conference contests, ETSU is holding its opponent to 39.1 percent from the field.

On His Way to 1,000 ... Senior D.J. McDuffie needs 107 points to become the 21st player in ETSU history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark ... With 10 regular season and at least one Southern Conference Tournament game remaining, McDuffie has to average 9.7 points/game to reach 1,000 ... The Greensboro, N.C. native, has netted 893 career points (124 as a freshman, 298 as a sophomore, 313 as a junior and 158 as a senior) ... Trazel Silvers is the most recent entrant to the 1,000 point club, tallying 1,257 career points fom 1991-94.

Away from Home ... Since Coach Ed DeChellis arrived in 1996-97, the Bucs are 19-44 away from Johnson City ... They are 5-5 this year and 5-9 last season, 6-6 in 1998-99, 2-12 in 1997-98 and 1-12 in 1996-97 ... The Bucs have won their last two Southern Conference road games.

Southern Conference Leaders ... After 18 games this winter, ETSU ranks among the Southern Conference leaders in many categories ... The Bucs lead the Conference in field goal percentage defense (40.0 percent) and steals/game (9.00) ... ETSU ranks second in scoring defense (64.7 ppg), scoring margin (+7.7 ppg) and turnover margin (+2.39) ... The Bucs rank fourth in scoring offense (72.4 ppg) and third in rebounding offense (39.4 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.6).

Individual Leaders of the SoCon ... Junior Dimeco Childress ranks 10th in the Southern Conference in scoring (13.4 ppg) ... Childress ranks third in the 3-pt. field goals made per game (2.11) and sixth in 3-pt. field goal percentage (39.2) ... junior Cliff Decoster ranks 13th in assists (3.06 apg) ... Decoster ranks sixth in steals (1.78 spg) ... senior Renaldo Johnson ranks third in field goal percentage (55.0 percent).

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 12 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 - 9-3 / Games 7-18).

In the Southern Conference ... ETSU is 31-37 (.456) in the Southern Conference since head coach Ed DeChellis took over in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are 6-1 this winter ... ETSU opened this winters campaign with 11 consecutive non-conference games, going 5-6.

On Television ... The Bucs have two scheduled appearances on television during the 2000-01 season ... Their TV debut came on January 2, 2001 when ETSU fell at Chattanooga, 67-58 ... ETSU will also be televised when it hosts College of Charleston at 7:30 p.m. on February 6 ... Both games are carried by Comcast/Charters Sports Southeast (CSS) ... In addition, the Southern Conference Tournament will be telecast.

The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 60-69 (.465) 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.