|January 10, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||CIT|
|FG Percentage||.563 (40-71)||.347 (26-75)|
|3P FG Percentage||.452 (14-31)||.389 (14-36)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (4-6)||.700 (7-10)|
- 24||Lew Stallworth
- 14||Zane Najdawi
Kevon Tucker - 5
- 3||Zane Najdawi
- 3||Zane Najdawi
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 9, 2019) -- The ETSU men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time in 2019 as the Buccaneers take on The Citadel Thursday night inside McAlister Field House. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE BUCS
LAST TIME OUT
ETSU (13-4, 3-1) is coming off a 26-point win over Chattanooga last Saturday as the Buccaneers defeated their in-state rival, 96-70 … The win marked the sixth straight against the Mocs, tying the longest Buccaneer win streak in the all-time series … Four players scored in double figures including junior guard Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.) netting a game-high 19 points, while sophomore guard Bo Hodges (Nashville, Tenn.) tied a season high with 15 points … As a team, ETSU assisted on a season-high 22 of its 36 made field goals, while shooting 61 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-18) … ETSU used a 16-0 run midway through the first half to open a 15-point lead, while sparking a 15-2 spurt that covered the final minutes of the first half and opening minutes of the second half to go ahead by 21, 56-35 … The Bucs, who led for all but 59 seconds in the game, led by as many as 33 (96-63) points.
BUCS OFF TO ANOTHER STRONG START
The Bucs have opened the season winning 13 of their first 17 games for a third straight year – a streak that has only been accomplished one other time in program history … The Bucs also accomplished the feat from 1948-51 … With a win at The Citadel, the Bucs will become the first team in program history to win 14 of their first 18 games to start three straight seasons.
ETSU carries a five-game win streak into Thursday’s game as the Bucs have defeated Wyoming, Norfolk State, Furman, Samford and Chattanooga during this run … During this streak, the Blue and Gold are winning by over 21 points per game (84.2 to 62.4), while shooting 52 percent (158-304) from the field and holding a +14.0 rebound margin (41.8 to 27.8) … Tray Boyd III is averaging 13.4 points per game, while Jeromy Rodriguez (Santiago, Dominican Republic) is posting a double-double (11.4 points/11.0 rebounds) … The Buccaneer defense is limiting the opposition to a 39 percent field goal clip (107-276), along with forcing over 16 turnovers per game … ETSU is averaging 23.2 points off turnovers, while averaging 44 points in the paint and 36 points from the bench.
ETSU CRACKS THE MID-MAJOR TOP-25 POLL
After rattling off five straight victories, the ETSU men’s basketball team cracked the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll as the updated rankings were released late Monday night … The Bucs, who stand at 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Conference, made the largest jump of any team in the poll as ETSU went from being unranked to No. 14 this week … ETSU is one of three SoCon teams ranked in the top 15.
ETSU leads the country in total rebounds (723) and rebound margin (13.8) … In addition to leading the country in rebounding, the Bucs also rank in the top 50 nationally in several other statistical categories – 10th in rebounds per game (42.5), 11th in total assists (269), 20th in offensive rebounds per game (13.7), 23rd in scoring margin (15.1), 29th in defensive rebounds per game (28.9), 33rd in total steals (126) and 38th in field goal percentage (48.4).
Individually, Jeromy Rodriguez leads all Division I players in total rebounds (198), while ranking fourth in rebounds per game (11.6), eighth in double-doubles (9), 10th in defensive rebounds per game (7.9) and 13th in offensive rebounds per game (3.7) … Rodriguez is also only one of nine Division I players to be averaging double digits in scoring (11.4) and rebounding (11.6), along with averaging over two assists per game (2.4).
Sophomore forward Mladen Armus (Belgrade, Serbia) ranks 31st in total rebounds (142), sophomore guard Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn.) ranks 30th in three-point field goals made (47) and junior guard Isaiah Tisdale (Lexington, Ky.) is 32nd in assist to turnover ratio (3.00).
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, ETSU has totaled 89 wins during this span, which tops all SoCon teams … The Bucs have a seven-win advantage over the second-best team in UNCG during this run … ETSU has registered three straight 20-plus win seasons since the arrival of head coach Steve Forbes, which is just the fourth time in program history this feat has been accomplished … Should the Blue and Gold post 20 wins this year it would be only the third time in program history ETSU has totaled four consecutive 20-plus win seasons – 1950-51 – 1953-54 and 1988-89 – 1991-92.
BUCCANEER BIGS BLOWING UP
ETSU’s big three of Jeromy Rodriguez, Mladen Armus and Lucas N’Guessan (De Lier, Netherlands) have been a force to be reckoned with over the last three games … In the wins over Furman, Samford and Chattanooga, the Buccaneer trio have combined for 90 points and 72 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 73 percent (37-51) … The three post players have accounted for 61 percent of the Bucs’ rebounding and 38 percent of their made field goals during this run.
BUCS CONTINUE ON 3-POINT STREAK LIST
Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 980 consecutive games ... ETSU was 0-for-8 in that 1987 game ... The Bucs currently rank as the sixth longest streak in the NCAA, with UNLV topping the list.
NEW FACES EQUALS SAME RESULTS
According to Kenpom.com, the Bucs rank ninth among NCAA Division I teams in percentage of returning minutes from last season at 15.8 percent ... Mount St. Mary’s tops the country by only returning 6.6 percent; however, the ETSU is only one of two teams in the top 10 to post a winning record this season at 13-4 ... UC Santa Barbara is 10th at 16 percent and sits at 11-3.
ABOUT THE CITADEL
The Citadel (9-5, 1-2) has dropped three straight games after losing a pair of road games at Wofford and Furman, along with suffering its first home setback of the season against Longwood on Dec. 29.
The Bulldogs lead the country in scoring offense (96.8) and three-point field goals per game (13.8), while ranking second in total three-pointers made (193), 10th in assists per game (18.4) and 24th in assist/turnover ratio (1.41).
Four players are averaging double figures in scoring with Lew Stallworth leading the team at 18 points game, while Matt Frierson (15.6 ppg), Zane Najdawi (13.9) and Kaiden Rice (13.1) are the other Bulldogs post double-digit points per game … Najdawi is also posting 7.4 rebounds per game and Stallworth is at 5.9 rebounds per contest.
Frierson ranks second nationally in three-point field goals per game (4.5), third in total threes made (63) and 35th in three-point field goal percentage (43.8) … Stallworth ranks 12th in assists per game (6.7).
The Bulldogs have won six of their seven home games this season, while Citadel’s nine wins are just two fewer than last year’s season total.
ETSU leads the all-time series 41-17 … The Bucs have won six of the last eight meetings against the Bulldogs, while outscoring them 84 to 71 over this stretch … The teams split the meetings last season with the Bucs winning in Charleston and the Bulldogs winning inside Freedom Hall … Bo Hodges is averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two games against The Citadel, while Mladen Armus is posting 10 points and eight rebounds in two career games versus the Bulldogs.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with Kendall Lewis and Janson Brown 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 6:30 p.m.; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO
Live stats will also be provided via CitadelSports.com… Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices by clicking here
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball link.