ETSU welcomes Campbell to Memorial Center Thursday night
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2009) -- Fresh off a 30-point win over Atlantic Sun Conference rival Belmont, the ETSU men's basketball hopes to keep its successful homestand going Thursday evening when the Buccaneers host Campbell at 7 p.m. inside Memorial Center.

The Bucs (13-5 overall, 7-1 A-Sun) have won the first two of four games on this current stretch inside the Dome, and the team is currently tied for first in the A-Sun. Meanwhile, Campbell (7-10, 4-4) enters the game having never beaten ETSU and standing 9-0 all-time against the Bucs.

For more on Thursday's game, click on the game notes link above or read the game notes below:

The series against Campbell

The Bucs and Camels have met eight times in their histories, with ETSU holding a perfect 9-0 mark ... ETSU won the last meeting back on Feb. 25, 2008, by a score of 96-87.

Last time against Campbell

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2008) - Watching a 12-point halftime lead evaporate in the first four minutes of the second half and trailing 58-53 with 15:38 left in the game, the ETSU men's basketball team kept its poise, going on to outscore Atlantic Sun Conference foe Campbell 37-16 over the next eight minutes to build a 16-point lead and roll to a 96-87 win over the Camels Monday night at Carter Gym ...

The Buccaneers, who improved to 17-12 overall, 10-5 in A-Sun play, ruined a special ceremonial night at Campbell (10-17, 5-9), as the Camels played their final game inside historic Carter Gym. The Camels first began playing in Carter during the 1953 season, and will open the new John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center next season ... In the first half, the Bucs shot 51 percent from the floor and raced out to a lead of as many as 14 points at 31-17 with 7:04 left before the intermission, ultimately leading by 12 48-36 at the break. Jocolby Davis (Meridian, Miss.) led the attack, reaching his career high in the first 20 minutes with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor and a 3-of-3 effort from the foul line ... The second half was a different story early on, as Campbell came out hot from beyond the arc, outscoring the Bucs 19-5 to open the half and grabbing the lead 55-53. From there, though, junior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) scored 13 of his18 points to power the ETSU comeback. Along with Pigram, the Bucs got a team-high 20 points from senior guard Travis Strong (Memphis), who is now just four points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career ... Along with Pigram and Strong, the Bucs got double figure scoring from senior forward Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.) with 14, Davis with 12, and both sophomore guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) and senior forward Kenyona Swader (Smyrna) each finished with 11 points apiece. The Bucs dished out 24 assists on the night and shot 55 percent from the floor, 40 percent from the 3-point arc, and 78 percent from the charity stripe. ETSU's bench also outscored Campbell 31-1 on the night ... For Campbell, the team's standout player Jonathan Rodriguez finished with a double-double, posting game highs with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Reggie Bishop added 17, while Junard Hartley and Kyle Vejraska netted 16 and 13, respectively.

Last time out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2009) - Racing out to a 16-point halftime lead, the ETSU men's basketball team only poured it on the Belmont Bruins in the second half, building a lead of as many as 33 points and eventually dismissing its Atlantic Sun Conference rival in convincing fashion 87-57 inside Memorial Center ... A raucous season high crowd of 4,196 looked on as the Buccaneers handed the Bruins their program's worst loss since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference. ETSU improved to 13-5 overall, 7-1 in A-Sun play and remains tied with Jacksonville for first place in the league standings. Meanwhile, Belmont drops to 10-7, 6-2 ... The Bucs, who were looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Belmont in the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament last March, simply dominated on both ends of the floor. ETSU hit on 57 percent of its shots from the floor, outrebounded the Bruins 45-35 and forced 17 turnovers on the evening. In addition, the Bucs defense stifled the A-Sun's best offensive squad, holding them to 28 percent shooting (18-of-64) from the floor and just 20 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (7-of-35) ... Senior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) led the offensive charge for the Bucs with a game-high 24 points, while fellow senior forward Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) joined Pigram in the 20-point realm with 22. In addition, sophomore guard Micah Williams (Manchester) pitched in 11 points, and senior forward Greg Hamlin (Flint, Mich.) provided a career high 10 points and 10 rebounds to post his first ever double-double ... The first half was all ETSU from the start. Powered by eight points from Tiggs, ETSU blitzed out to a 14-5 lead before the under 16:00 media timeout. After trading baskets over the next two minutes, another 16-2 run by the Bucs made it 30-13 with 8:06 left, and from there the two teams traded baskets to make it 44-28 at the break ... In the first 20 minutes, Tiggs led all scorers with 15 points, as the Bucs hit on 53 percent of their shots from the floor (18-of-34) and outscored the Bruins 24-8 in the paint. While the offense rolled, the defense was equally impressive by holding Belmont to just 30 percent shooting from the floor and 20 percent from beyond the arc ... The Bucs only kept the pressure on the second half, outscoring Belmont 22-14 in the first eight minutes to basically put the game away ... For Belmont, guard Alex Renfroe led the way with a team-high 16 points, while fellow guard Andy Wicke pitched in 12 and Keaton Belcher had 11.

Three 1,000-point scoreres on the same team?

While it is not rare to have multiple players on the same team that "eventually" become 1,000-point scorers, having multiple players on the same team that have already eclipsed 1,000-points is rare ... This season, the Bucs have a possibility of having three players that have all reached 1,000 points in their careers ... Those players include Courtney Pigram (Memphis), Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) and Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) ... Currently, Pigram has already reached that mark and stands at 1,801 points for his career, while Tiggs has 842 points and Smith has posted 832 for his career ... With a guaranteed 13 games left, Tiggs would have to average 12.2 points a game and Smith would need 12.9 a contest to reach 1,000 points ... The only two times in ETSU history that the Bucs have had three or more 1,000 point scorers on the floor at the same time was in 1990-91, when four 1,000-point scorers were on the floor together at the same time, Keith "Mister" Jennings, Calvin Talford, Major Geer and Alvin West were on the floor together ... The other season this occurred was in 2003-04, when Jerald Fields, Zakee Wadood and Tim Smith all reached 1,000 points.

Pigram, Tiggs impressive on offensive end in 2008-09

Seniors Courtney Pigram (Memphis) and Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) have enjoyed impressive offensive performances this season, and the two rank among the nation's best when it comes to offensive production ... As of Jan. 18, Tiggs leads the Atlantic Sun Conference and ranks 21st nationally with a 20.7 points per game average, while Pigram ranks second in the A-Sun and 33rd nationally with 19.5 points a game ... In addition, Pigram has moved to 5th on the ETSU all-time scoring list with 1,801 points in his career, tying former ETSU great Tom Chilton ... He ranks 10th on the A-Sun all-time scoring list ... Additionally, Pigram is one of just four active players nationally with more than 1,500 points, 350 assists and 200 steals in their careers ... That list includes:

Player, School......................................................Asts Stls Pts

David Holston, Chicago State 419 204 1959

Courtney Pigram, ETSU 357 207 1801

Dominic James, Marquette 576 208 1631

Jerel McNeal, Marquette 375 245 1606

Pigram remarkable in 39-point effort

against Jacksonville

He had "that" look, and ETSU fans were treated to one of the most impressive individual performances in Buccaneer basketball history ... Senior guard Courtney Pigram's 39-point effort in ETSU's 84-82 victory over Jacksonville in Jan. 3 tied for 9th on the program's all-time single game scoring list, while coming up just three points shy of the Memorial Center's all-time single game scoring mark of 42 points, which was set by Dimeco Childress against Western Carolina back in 2002.

13-5 start ranks as one of best ever for Bucs

The Bucs 13-5 mark matches is the best start for ETSU since the 2003-04 season, when that team opened the year at 14-4 through 18 games ... The Bucs' three non-conference road wins this season (Tn. Tech, Marshall and Appalachian), also fall just one win shy of the 2003-04 season in which the Bucs won four non-conference road games (Houston, UNC-A, Tn. Tech and Fresno State) ... That 2003-04 squad ultimately finished with 27 wins, a SoCon regular season and tournament title, and a trip to the NCAAs.

ETSU the "Only" A-Sun team picked among nation's best "Prestige" programs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 22, 2008) - Since the beginning of the modern era for NCAA Division I-A basketball - marked by the expansion of the NCAA Tournament field to 64 teams in 1984-85 - the ETSU men's basketball program ranks in the Top 30 percent of the 300 programs that were eligible for the postseason at that time, this according to a new "Prestige" ranking released by ... The Buccaneers, who have enjoyed six NCAA Tournament trips, one NIT berth, seven 20-win seasons, and a slew of conference regular season and tournament championships since 1984-85, ranked tied for 82nd out of 300 teams, meaning they were in the Top 27 percent of schools making the list. ETSU was ranked ahead of every current Atlantic Sun Conference team, as well as former Southern Conference rivals Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Georgia Southern and UNC Greensboro. The Bucs also were placed ahead of every current member of the Colonial Athletic Association with the exception of Old Dominion ... In addition, the Bucs ranked ahead of SEC schools such as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Georgia, Mississippi and Auburn, as well as other major programs such as Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, DePaul, Bradley, Clemson, California and Florida State.

Hamlin matches team block record

With his six blocks against North Florida, senior Greg Hamlin (Flint, Mich.) put his name along some of ETSU's greatest players ... Hamlin matched the school record for blocks in a game, joining former Bucs Brad Nuckles, Greg Dennis, Jerald Fields, Zakee Wadood and Eryk Thomas on top of that list.

Pigram makes history with triple-double

With his 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Wingate (11/20), senior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) became just the second ETSU player to record a triple-double and the first to reach that special feat in NCAA Division I play this season ... He joins former Buc Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) on that exclusive list at ETSU ... In Atlantic Sun Conference play, Pigram is just the sixth player to accomplish that feat since 1996-97, and he is the first to post a triple-double against a non-conference opponent.

Home Sweet Dome

Since the 1996-97 season, the Buccaneers are an amazing 124-39 inside Memorial Center, good for a winning percentage of 76 percent ... The Bucs had won five straight at Memorial Center during the 2006-07 season before a loss to Belmont (1/2) ... The Bucs then rattled off 10 straight at home to stand at 15-1 on the Memorial Center floor that season, but fell to Belmont in the championship of the A-Sun Tourney... In 2007-08, the Bucs were 11-2 at Memorial Center ... This season the Bucs are 7-1 at home.