ETSU (10-7, 5-1 SoCon) vs. VMI (5-11, 2-4 SoCon)
January 24, 2000 - 7 p.m.
Lexington, Va. - Cameron Hall
Tonight's Game ... ETSU is enjoying its longest win streak (five games) under head coach Ed DeChellis ... Its their longest streak since winning five consecutive contests in 1994-95 ... The Bucs havent won six 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 seven of its last eight games ... ETSU is 4-5 on the road and 5-1 in the Southern Conference this year ... The Bucs are 3-0 against SoCon North teams ... The Bucs 5-1 Southern Conference record is their best start since going 5-1 to start the 1994-95 Conference campaign.
During the Streak ... ETSU is enjoying its longest win streak (five games) since 1994-95 ... Four players -- Renaldo Johnson (10.8), D.J. McDuffie (10.2), Dimeco Childress (10.0) and Jerald Fields (8.4) -- have averaged more than eight points per game during the streak ... ETSU is averaging 66.6 ppg while holding its opponent to 56.4 ppg (+9.2) ... The Bucs have outrebounded their opponents 208-174 (41.6-34.8 rpg).
More Streaks ... Senior guard D.J. McDuffie has scored 11-or-more points in three consecutive games, five of the last six, and seven of the last nine contests ... 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 17 games this year ... The Bucs have outrebounded their opponent in each of the last five games and seven of the last eight contests ... The only time the Bucs were outrebounded (Chattanooga on Jan. 2) was the only loss in that stretch.
The Magic Number....60 ... The Bucs have held their opponent to fewer than 60 points in each of the last four contests .... ETSU is 6-0 this winter when holding its opponent to 60-or-fewer points ... The Bucs are 1-2 when scoring fewer than 60 points ... During ETSUs five-game win streak, the opposition is averaging 56.4 points per game.
Stingy Defense ... After 17 games this season, the Bucs lead the Southern Conference in field goal percentage defense (40.0 percent) and second in scoring defense (64.9 ppg) ... ETSU has not allowed its opponent to convert 25 field goals in 12 consecutive games ... The Bucs have allowed its opponent to shoot above 45 percent only once in the past seven games ... After six Conference contests, ETSU is holding its opponent to 39.1 percent from the field.
The Double-Double Club ... Senior Adrian Meeks recorded his first double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds) in the Bucs 66-47 win against Furman (Jan. 20) ... junior guard Dimeco Childress entered ETSUs double-double club with a 15-point, 11-rebound performance in a 73-63 win at James Madison (Dec. 30) ... senior center Renaldo Johnson was the first member of the double-double club for the 2000-01 season ... Johnson netted 12 points and grabbed 10 boards in the 87-76 loss at Vanderbilt (Nov. 24) ... During the 1999-2000 season, Leo Murray led the team with six double-doubles while Adrian Meeks notched the teams other three double-doubles.
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 18-44 away from Johnson City ... They are 4-5 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 17 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) ... ETSU ranks second in scoring defense (64.9 ppg), scoring margin (+7.4 ppg) and turnover margin (+2.18) ... The Bucs rank third in scoring offense (72.3 ppg), rebounding offense (39.6 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.6).
Individual Leaders of the SoCon ... Junior Dimeco Childress ranks 10th in the Southern Conference in scoring (13.6 ppg) ... Childress ranks third in the 3-pt. field goals made per game (2.18) and fifth in 3-pt. field goal percentage (38.9) ... junior Cliff Decoster ranks 13th in assists (3.0 apg) ... Decoster and senior D.J. McDuffie are tied for 10th in steals (1.47 spg) ... In Conference contests, senior Renaldo Johnson ranks third in field goal percentage (60.5 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 11 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 - 8-3 / Games 7-17).
In the Southern Conference ... ETSU is 30-37 (.448) in the Southern Conference since head coach Ed DeChellis took over in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are 5-1 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).
The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 59-69 (.461) record at ETSU ... He has tied Jim Halihan for the fifth most victories by a Buccaneer head coach ... 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 ... Freshman point guard Sam Oatman returned from a hip pointer against Furman.