December 08, 20181st2ndFinal
UT Martin382462
ETSU334780
Stats at a GlanceUTMETSU
FG Percentage.350 (21-60) .508 (31-61)
3P FG Percentage.208 (5-24) .357 (10-28)
FT Percentage.833 (15-18) .533 (8-15)
Offensive Rebounds914
Defensive Rebounds2031
Total Rebounds2945
Turnovers1517
Steals127
Bench Points2831
LeadersUTMETSU
PointsPARKS - 20
Jeromy Rodriguez - 21
ReboundsHEWITT - 7
Jeromy Rodriguez - 16
AssistsLITTLE - 3
Mladen Armus - 6
StealsHAWTHORNE, JR. - 4
Patrick Good - 2
BlocksDOVE - 1
GILL - 1
D'Andre Bernard - 1
Patrick Good - 1
Jeromy Rodriguez - 1
Bucs wrap up homestand with UT Martin on Saturday
Bucs wrap up homestand with UT Martin on Saturday
Friday, December 7, 2018

ETSU to hold Star Wars Night; Faculty/Staff Appreciation promotions

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2018) -- The ETSU men’s basketball team wraps up its brief two-game homestand this Saturday when the Buccaneers host UT Martin inside Freedom Hall. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

STAR WARS NIGHT

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold its second annual Star Wars Night, presented by HomeTrust Bank, this Saturday.

ETSU Athletics has built a partnership with Lucasfilm and the Canon Character Group – the 501st Legion – to support a philanthropy within the Tri-Cities. This year, Lucasfilm and ETSU have teamed with Children Exceeding Expectations (CEE), and they have been invited to Saturday’s game.

To help raise money for CEE, there will be a silent auction during Saturday’s game where items such as the ETSU Star Wars Commemorative Basketball Poster, Custom Storm Trooper Helmets and other unique Star Wars memorabilia will be present to bid on. Two auction sites will be set up inside Freedom Hall – one inside the Courtside Club and one at the main entrance of the arena. All of the money raised in the auction will be donated to CEE. Click here for more information on CEE.

Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character on Saturday as 21 members of the 501st Legion will be in costume inside Freedom Hall. Following the game, the Star Wars characters will be available for a postgame photo and autograph session on the court.

REMEMBERING ALVIN WEST

Prior to the start of Saturday’s game, ETSU Athletics will honor the late Alvin West. West passed away suddenly on August 9th. West’s family and many of his teammates will be in attendance. West is also pictured on the gameday ticket.

FACULTY/STAFF APPRECIATION PROMOTION

Saturday is also ETSU faculty/staff appreciation day … ETSU employees can purchase up to four tickets for half-price.

TICKETS

Fans can purchase tickets by calling 423-439-3878 or online by clicking here… Single-game tickets start as low as $7.50.  

ABOUT THE BUCS

LAST TIME OUT

Five Buccaneers scored in double figures as ETSU cruised to a 107-60 win over Reinhardt on Monday night inside Freedom Hall … Jeromy Rodriguez (Santiago, Dominican Republic) and Daivien Williamson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) led the Blue and Gold with 17 points apiece … Rodriguez registered his fifth double-double of the season as he pulled down 13 rebounds … James Harrison (Dallas, Texas) was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field (7-of-8 at the charity stripe) en route to finishing with a career-high 15 points, while Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.) and Mladen Armus (Belgrade, Serbia) each netted 13 points … As a team, ETSU shot 55 percent (33-60) from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line (32-39) … The Bucs held Reinhardt to 26 percent shooting (19-73) – the lowest shooting percentage by an ETSU opponent since Dec. 9, 2006 when Milligan shot 24.6 percent.

CRASHING THE GLASS

ETSU totaled a season-high 64 rebounds in Monday’s win over Reinhardt, marking the eighth-most by a SoCon team in league history … The 64 rebounds were also the most by a Buccaneer team since Feb. 5, 1973 when ETSU totaled 71 against Appalachian State … As a team, the Blue and Gold rank second in the country in total rebounds (432) and rebound margin (+15.1), while ranking ninth in offensive rebounds per game (14.9).

RODRIGUEZ LEADS THE NATION IN REBOUNDING

Junior forward Jeromy Rodriguez leads all Division I players in total rebounds with 120 … Rodriguez also ranks third nationally in rebounds per game (12.0) and offensive rebounds (4.5), and is 17th in defensive rebounds per game (7.50).

BUCCANEER DUO IN RARE AIR

ETSU is the only Division I program to have two players ranked in the top-30 in total rebounds this season … Jeromy Rodriguez leads the country with 120 and Mladen Armus is tied for 26th with 85.  

DOUBLE THE FUN

Jeromy Rodriguez leads the Bucs with five double-doubles this season, which ranks 10th nationally … On the season, Rodriguez is averaging 11.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest … Rodriguez is one of 21 Division I players to be averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding, while he’s only one of seven players to average double figures in scoring, rebounding and averaging over 2.5 assists per game.

BUCS EXTEND THREE-POINT STREAK

ETSU made nine three-pointers in Monday game against Reinhardt en route to extending its streak of making at least one three-pointer to 973 consecutive games … The Bucs’ streak ranks sixth nationally with UNLV leading the country at 1,046 games.

HOME SWEET HOME

Since head coach Steve Forbestook over in 2015-16, the Bucs have had a lot of success playing inside Freedom Hall … Overall, ETSU is 43-8 (.843) inside Freedom Hall during this stretch, while the Bucs have also won 21 of their last 24 non-conference home games.

FORBES WINNING PERCENTAGE AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
During his time at ETSU, CoachForbeshas posted a winning percentage of .721 (83-32), which ranks 12th nationally among active coaches with at least three years of NCAA Division I experience entering this year. ... ETSU’s head coach ranks ahead of coaches Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), Bruce Pearl (Auburn), Jamie Dixon (TCU), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Bob Huggins (West Virginia), Archie Miller (Indiana), Jay Wright (Villanova) and Steve Alford (UCLA).

BALANCED SCORING

ETSU has five players scoring in double figures this season with junior guard Tray Boyd IIIleading the team at 12.4 points per contest … Isaiah Tisdale (11.6 ppg), Jeromy Rodriguez (11.3), Patrick Good (11.1), Bo Hodges (10.8) are also averaging doubles in scoring.

75 AND ABOVE

Since the 2015-16 season, ETSU has scored 75 or more points 67 times … The Bucs are 60-7 in those contests, while the Blue and Gold have reached the century mark in seven of those games.

WE’RE HEADED TO OVERTIME

ETSU has won its last five overtime games … The Bucs haven’t lost an overtime game in 1,374 days (March 6, 2015, vs. Western Carolina).

ABOUT UT MARTIN

UT Martin is coming off an 87-74 loss at Tulane on Wednesday night, and the Skyhawks enter the weekend with an overall record of 3-3.

The three Skyhawks wins have come at home as UT Martin has dropped its three road games this season, including a 77-60 setback at Mercer … UT Martin is allowing 83.3 points per game in its three road contests.

As a team, the Skyhawks are averaging 79.2 points per game, while ranking fourth nationally in fewest turnovers (70), sixth in fewest fouls (106) and 30th in turnover margin (4.3).

Individually, UT Martin has four players scoring in double figures with redshirt senior guard Kevin Little leading the team at 15.0 points per game … Junior guard Derek Hawthorne, Jr. is averaging 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds, while Preston Parks – who transferred from The Citadel – is second on the team with 13.7 points per game.

Senior forward Fatodd Lewis earned preseason all-OVC honors after posting 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists a year ago … Through six games, Lewis is averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.

SERIES HISTORY

Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between the two in-state programs.

COVERAGE

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with David Jackson and Bruce Tranbarger on the call; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO 

Fans can also tune into “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos on the radio call via WXSM-AM 640 beginning with the Atmos Energy Pregame Show at 3:30 p.m.; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO  

Live stats will also be provided via StatBroadcast… Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices by clicking here or visiting BucsStats.com 

UP NEXT

Following final exams, the Bucs will head north take on Big Ten foe Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 15 … Game time is set for 2 p.m. ET inside State Farm Center.

For complete information on ETSU men’s basketball, follow the program via social media on Twitter (@ETSU_MBB) and Instagram (@etsubasketball). 

For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball link.