Bucs on the road to face Stetson Saturday afternoon
Friday, January 9, 2009

DELAND, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2009) -- With a perfect 4-0 record in Atlantic Sun Conference, the ETSU men's basketball team will be looking to stay atop the league standings and maintain their unblemished conference mark when the Buccaneers travel to face Stetson Saturday afternoon inside the Edmunds Center. Tip is set for 2 p.m.

The Bucs are currently alone in first place with a 10-4 overall mark and 4-0 A-Sun record. Meanwhile, Stetson is 6-7, 3-2.

This game marks the first of two games in Florida over the next three days, as the Bucs will take on Florida Gulf Coast Monday evening at 7 p.m. Both games will be available on the MSHA Buccaneer Sports Network's radio feed, as well as on live video streaming at ASun.TV.

For more on the game, click on the game notes link above or read the notes below.


The series against Stetson

The Bucs and Hatters have met nine times, with ETSU holding a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series ... Since joining the A-Sun in 2005-06, the Bucs are 3-2 against Stetson ... ETSU lost the last meeting between the two schools 68-56 back on Feb. 10, 2008 in Deland, Fla.

Last time against Stetson

DELAND, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2008) - In ETSU's losses this season, the Buccaneers have struggled at long stretches to produce scoring opportunities. That same issue once again cost the Bucs ... Able to score just one field goal in the final 6:08 of Sunday's game at Stetson, the Buccaneers watched as the Hatters outscored them 16-3 down the stretch to pull off an upset win and temporarily derail ETSU's regular season title hopes 68-56 in Atlantic Sun Conference action at the Edmunds Center. The Bucs' 56 points was the lowest offensive output for the team this season ... The first half was ugly for both teams, with the Bucs having trouble shooting and Stetson having issues simply holding onto the basketball. ETSU hit on just 39 percent of its shots in the first half, and the Bucs were just 2-of-8 from 3-point range. But despite the poor shooting, the Hatters' offense didn't capitalize, as the ETSU defensive pressure forced 16 Stetson turnovers and kept the Bucs in the game. Stetson's largest lead of the half was five, while the Bucs led by as many as three, but the two teams finished the first 20 minutes tied 32-32 ... In the second half, both teams continued to battle back and forth with several lead changes and neither team holding any more than a four-point lead until the 6:08 mark. But after sophomore guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) hit a pair of free throws to make it 53-52 in favor of the Bucs, the ETSU offense went in the deep freeze and Stetson would outscore the Bucs 16-3 the rest of the way to pick up the win ... The Hatters out-rebounded the Bucs 41-29 and shot 43 percent from the floor on the night, 42 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Despite committing 22 turnovers, the Hatters still got a key 20-point effort from Garfield Blair and 10 from Eric Diaz to lead their offensive game ... Meanwhile, the Bucs were led by 15 points apiece from junior forward Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) and junior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis). For the game, the Bucs shot just 36 percent from the floor and 20 percent from behind the arc.

Last time out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 5, 2009) - Shooting 61 percent from the field in the first half and holding North Florida to just 17 points before the intermission, the ETSU men's basketball team raced out of the gate and pulled away to an 88-57 win over the Ospreys in Atlantic Sun Conference action Monday evening inside Memorial Center ... With the win, ETSU improves to 10-4 overall, 4-0 in A-Sun play and maintain sole possession of first place in the league. Meawhile, the Ospreys fall to 2-12, 0-4 ... Following a career best 39-point effort Saturday against Jacksonville, senior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) once again led the way offensively with a game-high 24 points. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Micah Williams (Manchester) pitched in a career high 15 points, senior forward Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) netted 13, and true freshman post Seth Coy (Montgomery, Ind.) added 12. In addition, senior forward Greg Hamlin (Flint, Mich.) matched a historic mark for the Bucs, tying the school record with six blocks on the night while scoring nine points ... In the first half, the Buccaneers wasted little time setting the tempo, pulling ahead 10-0 in the first three minutes and pushing the advantage to 25-11 with just over five minutes left before the break. ETSU then went on to truly put the Ospreys away, outscoring them 18-2 to close out the half and hold a decisive 43-17 advantage at halftime ... ETSU shot 17-of-28 (61 percent) from the floor and 6-of-12 (50 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half, while outrebounding the Ospreys 23-13. Meanwhile UNF shot just 28 percent from the field and 17 percent from outside the arc in the first 20 minutes ... In the second half, the Bucs backed off the defensive pressure and ultimately outscored UNF just 45-40, but at that point the game was well in hand. For the contest, ETSU shot 52 percent from the floor and 44 percent from beyond the arc, while hitting the boards to a 45-31 advantage over the Ospreys.

Pigram wins A-Sun POTW, pours in points last week

MACON, Ga. (Jan. 6, 2009) - ETSU's Courtney Pigram (Memphis) put on the nation's best scoring display last week, spanning three games, as the conference's active leading scorer picked up his fourth Player of the Week award, the conference office announced earlier this week ... Pigram, a senior from Memphis, Tenn., treated the ETSU fans to one of the most impressive individual performances in Buccaneer basketball history on Saturday against Jacksonville. His 39-point effort in ETSU's 84-82 victory tied for ninth 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 (set by Dimeco Childress against Western Carolina on Feb. 14, 2002). Pigram then capped off the week's efforts with a game-high 24 points against UNF on Monday. In three games -- which included 23 points against Morehead State on Dec. 30 -- Pigram scored 86 points, more than any player in the country for the week. He hit on 56 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range ... The performance moved Pigram into the top 10 in Atlantic Sun history in scoring as the interdisciplinary studies major increased his career total to 1,736 points. In just the last week, he moved up from 14th on the list, passing Samford's Joey Davenport (1,651 points from 1992-96), Centenary's Patrick Greer (1,673 points from 1987-91), Stetson's E.J. Gordon (1,691 points from 2002-06) and UALR's James Scott (1,731 points from 1987-91). This week, he has the potential to move into eighth place passing Mercer's Scott Emerson and Belmont's Justin Hare with 26 points.

Hamlin matches 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 remarkable in 39-point effort against JU

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 on Feb. 14, 2002.

Pigram, Tiggs among nations best scorers

Through games of Jan. 4, ETSU's scoring tandem of Courtney Pigram (Memphis) and Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) were ranked by the NCAA as among the nation's best scorers ... Tiggs ranked 17th in the country at 21 points per game, while Pigram was 21st at 20.5 a contest ... Since Jan. 4, Pigram has moved ahead of Tiggs at 20.8 compared to 20.4 points per game, but both players will likely rank in the Top 25 nationally when the new listings are posted on Jan. 11 ... Currently, Pigram and Tiggs are the only tandem in the country to rank first and second on their conference scoring list.

10-4 start ranks as one of best ever for Bucs

The Bucs 10-4 mark matches the best start for ETSU since the 2003-04 season, when that team opened the year at 10-4 through 14 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.

Brown steps up to join the Big Three

While senior forward Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.), senior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis), and junior guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) have been the talk of ETSU fans and Atlantic Sun opponents, redshirt freshman forward Isiah Brown (Miami, Fla.) has gotten into the act lately, helping the Bucs to their second league win of the season, 76-62 over Kennesaw State ... Brown scored a career high 18 points, and set personal marks for field goals (nine), field goals attempted (10), and minutes (38) ... He then followed up that performance in the Bucs' next A-Sun game, posting a career high and team best 11 rebounds in the win over Jacksonville (1/3).

ETSU 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 ESPN.com ... 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.

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 ... A full list of those players can be found below:

A-Sun Triple Doubles

Since 1996-97

Player School Date Opp Pt-Rb-Ast

Courtney Pigram ETSU 11/20/08 Wingate 21-10-10

Tim Smith ETSU 1/25/06 KSU 21-10-10

Damitrius Coleman Mercer 2/27/05 JU 13-14-14

Damitrius Coleman Mercer 1/03/05 FAU 14-12-11

Kingsley Edwards UCF 1/16/05 Troy 10-10-14

Dexter Lyons UCF 1/11/03 Troy 14-13-10