Bucs set to host Charleston Southern inside Brooks Gym
The ETSU men's basketball team will be hoping to break a current three-game losing streak.
Bucs set to host Charleston Southern inside Brooks Gym
Monday, December 17, 2012

JOHNSON CITY (Dec. 18, 2012) – For the first time in 20 days, the ETSU men’s basketball team will return to action at home Tuesday night, hosting non-conference opponent Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. inside Brooks Gym.

Because of renovations currently underway inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center, the game is being moved to the gymnasium which was once home to ETSU basketball until the mid 1970s. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as seating will be general admission.

The Bucs (2-6) will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak, and will face a team that they defeated earlier this year 59-57 on the road. In an interesting side note to the game, both programs use the nickname “Buccaneers.”

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For more on the game, read the game notes located below or click on the game notebook link above. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2012-13 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.


We are “ETSU”

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to ask both the print and broadcast media to honor our request to be called “ETSU” ... East Tennessee State in first reference is acceptable, but subsequent references should be ETSU ... On TV graphics please use ETSU ... Our nickname is the Buccaneers, but Bucs is also acceptable.


Buc bits

After several years of quality returning players and at least some level of certainty regarding what to expect heading into the winter months, the 2012-13 ETSU men’s basketball team will enter the new campaign with several questions and concerns. ... The loss of standout seniors such as Adam Sollazzo (Tampa), Isiah Brown (Miami, Fla.) and Tommy Hubbard (Boston) will be hard to overcome, considering that group combined for a total of 3,091 points in their careers ... A year ago, the Bucs enjoyed quality wins such as a road victory over Atlantic 10 Conference foe Charlotte, and finished with a respectable 17 victories on the season. The team finished fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings at 10-8, reaching the league tournament semifinals. ... This season, the Bucs’ top two returning starters were guards Sheldon Cooley (Tampa) and Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.), who both combined to score 19.7 points per game a year ago. ... However, both Cooley and Dubose have been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules and policies ... Along with those two, fellow guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis) and forward Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.) are the only other ETSU seniors to be returning after playing significant minutes last year, but Poderis is now lost for the season with a left foot injury and will be forced to redshirt, while Jones missed the first seven games of the year for academic reasons ... Jones returned against Ole Miss ... With so few returning, experienced players, ETSU will be looking to some unproven returning players, as well as a recruiting class that includes three incoming freshmen and a pair of junior college transfers, to come in and make an immediate impact. Sophomores Rashawn Rembert (Tampa) and John Walton (Memphis), along with redshirt freshman Lester Wilson (Knoxville) are expected to increase their production this year, while true freshmen guards Petey McClain (Mobile, Ala.), Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.), and Yunio Barrueta (Miami, Fla.) will look to blossom into early contributors. ... On the interior, Walton will need help from junior college transfers Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) and Hunter Harris (Nashville). While they may have plenty of questions entering the season, the Bucs’ schedule will not provide much patience for development. The team will face teams such as North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss and Georgia in the opening weeks of the season, and will host 2011 Final Four participant VCU (Jan. 2) just days before the start of the Atlantic Sun Conference slate. The team will also enjoy a Christmas holiday trip to the Diamond Head Classic and face Arizona in the first round of that event on Dec. 22.


Last time out

OXFORD, Miss. (Dec. 14, 2012) – The return of senior guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis) made a difference for the ETSU men’s basketball team, but it still was not enough to upend Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss Friday night in the Tad Smith Coliseum. ... A much more competitive Buccaneers’ team led midway through the first half, but looked on as Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson put on a shooting clinic from beyond 3-point range, hitting on six attempts from outside and scoring a game-high 22 points in a 77-55 win for the Rebels. ... For the Bucs, freshman forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) scored a team-high 14 points, while Jones and freshman guard Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.) netted 11 each. Along with Henderson, the Rebels (7-1) had three other players reach double figures, with Reginald Buckner pitching in 11 points while both Nick Williams and Murphy Holloway had 10 each. ... The presence of Jones was obvious at the start of the game, as the Buccaneers’ offense seemed much more in sync, and that helped ETSU build a lead of 16-13 with 8:52 left in the half. However, at that point the Bucs’ shooting percentage went south while Ole Miss put together a 20-6 run to finish the first 20 minutes with a 33-22 lead. ... After the break, the Bucs got to within nine points at 40-31, but again Henderson took over and lit up the nets from outside. The result was a lead that ballooned to as many as 23 points in the second half. ... For the game, the Bucs committed 22 turnovers compared to 18 for Ole Miss. ETSU did hold its own on the glass, being out-rebounded just 43-40.


The series versus Charleston Southern

ETSU holds a 4-0 record all-time against Charleston Southern, having first played CSU back in 1979 ... The last meeting came back earlier this season on Nov. 20, a 59-57 victory in Charleston, S.C.


Last time against Charleston Southern

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 20, 2012) – Starting three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior, a shorthanded ETSU men’s basketball team overcame adversity off the court and rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit to win 59-57 over Charleston Southern in non-conference basketball action Tuesday night inside the Buccaneer Fieldhouse. ... While redshirt freshman Lester Wilson (Knoxville) led the way with a career high 26 points and junior Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) posted a 12-point, five-rebound effort, it was sophomore post John Walton (Memphis) whose layup was the game-winner with 3.7 seconds left on the clock. ... CSU’s Saah Nimley raced to the rim as the final seconds expired, but his floater from the lane missed the mark and ETSU completed the remarkable victory. ... The Buccaneers (1-2), who played the game without the services of senior guards Sheldon Cooley (Tampa) and Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.) because both have been suspended indefinitely from the team for violations of team rules and policies, battled throughout the contest and got spectacular individual efforts from several players to pick up the win. ... In a battle of two teams with the same Buccaneers nickname, ETSU took a major punch to the gut from Charleston Southern (1-3) early on, and trailed by as many as 20 points at 35-15 with 5:49 left on the clock. However, at that point Wilson scored 11 of ETSU’s next 16 points and powered a 16-3 run to end the half, making the score 38-31. ... To start the second half, ETSU continued to rally and ultimately took the lead at 49-46 on a Gadsden-Gilliard 3-pointer with 8:20 left in the game. CSU regained the advantage at that point and didn’t trail again until a 3-pointer by Wilson made it 57-54 with 2:46 remaining. ... From there, Charleston Southern tied it at 57-57, but on ETSU’s final possession of the game, Wilson took a shot that missed, KGG rebounded the ball and missed, and then Walton gathered up the loose ball and scored the game-winner.


Bucs to go back in time at “Back to Brooks” game

The ETSU men’s basketball team will return to the site of many great Buccaneer hoops moments Tuesday night as they host Charleston Southern inside Brooks Gym ... Named after legendary head coach Madison Brooks, Brooks Gym was home for Buccaneer basketball until the mid-1970s, when what is now called the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center opened ... This is the first time the Bucs have played in Brooks since hosting a special “Back to Brooks” game during the 2009-10 season against North Georgia ... ETSU won that contest back on Dec. 10, 2009.


Bartow atop list of second generation coaches

Murry Bartow’s coaching lineage is undeniable ... As the son of the late Gene Bartow, he had the fortunate opportunity to grow up learning from one of the most successful basketball coaches in college history ... Setting off on his own career, Bartow has carried on the family tradition of success ... His 61 percent winning percentage at ETSU makes him the winningest Buccaneers’ head coach by percentage, and his 181 wins at ETSU ranks second on the Bucs’ all-time list ... In addition, Bartow’s 284 career victories ranks No. 1 among second generation college coaches ... Along with his father’s 647 career wins, the Bartow men have combined for 931 victories, ranking fourth on the all-time win list for Father/Son coaches.


ESPN names Wilson to nation’s Top 25 freshmen list

While circumstances have forced the ETSU men’s basketball team to struggle in the early going this season, talented redshirt freshman forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) has still given the Buccaneers reason for hope. ... Wilson, who is averaging 18.1 points per game, was listed as one of the Top 25 freshmen in college basketball Thursday by ESPN hoops writer John Gasaway. The list – which included players such as UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, UCLA’s Jordan Adams, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon – had Wilson ranked at No. 25. ... Currently the Atlantic Sun Conference’s third best scorer, Wilson has posted four 20-plus point games so far this season. Of those contests, he scored a career high 27 points in the win over Milligan back on Nov. 29, after scoring 26 in the Bucs’ previous win over Charleston Southern on Nov. 20.


Bucs get defensive in win at Charleston Southern

In their win against Charleston Southern, the Buccaneers held its opponent to just 28.8 percent shooting from the floor ... It was the first time since Feb. 26, 2009 that the Bucs have kept a team under 30 percent shooting in a game ... In that 2009 contest, ETSU held Kennesaw State to just 26.3 percent shooting from the floor.


Talented Bucs still face obstacle with experience

At no time in the tenure of ETSU head coach Murry Bartow have the Buccaneers had less experience ... Currently, the team has eight players who are eligible and healthy enough to play, of that group there is only four total years of Division I experience ... On average, that’s less than a half year of experience per player ... With four freshmen and two junior college transfers that means 66 percent of the team is competing in their first season of Division I basketball.


Bucs not feeling charitable at the line

In a strange statistical anomaly, the Buccaneers did not have a free throw made against them in back-to-back games, and in fact, they did not even allow a team a free throw opportunity in their game against Milligan … Against Georgia, the Bulldogs were 0-for-1 at the charity stripe … Meanwhile, Milligan did not even attempt a free throw against the Bucs on Nov. 29 … Going back to the 1984 season, this was the first time no team has made a free throw against the Bucs, much less in back-to-back games.


Three-point streak for Bucs dates back nearly 20 years

Since Feb. 16, 1987, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 773 consecutive games. ... In that game back on Feb. 16, 1987, the Bucs were 0-for-8 in a loss to Davidson.


Junior college transfers set to power Bucs’ inside game

With the signing of junior college transfers Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) and Hunter Harris (Nashville), the Bucs are hoping to have added some strength -- and beef -- to their inside game this season ... At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Gadsden-Gilliard is a rare combination of size and agility, while Harris is a high energy player who can rebound and block shots at a high level ... With the loss of senior post Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.) for the season due to a foot injury, the expectations for Harris and KGG have only risen. ... In the win over Charleston Southern, KGG and Harris combined for 18 points and 12 rebounds.


Bucs have tradition of postseason appearances, success

The ETSU men’s basketball team has enjoyed its share of postseason success and ranks as one of the nation’s most prestigious basketball programs ... The Buccaneers have earned berths to the NCAA Tournament nine times (1969, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) and NIT twice (1983, 2007) ... In 2011, the Bucs made their first ever appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, winning twice and advancing to the semifinals of that event ... It was the program’s 12th postseason tournament appearance all-time.