|February 21, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||VMI|
|FG Percentage||.617 (37-60)||.421 (24-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.381 (8-21)||.500 (8-16)|
|FT Percentage||.706 (12-17)||.778 (14-18)|
Bo Hodges - 12
Gilkeson - 5
Daivien Williamson - 4
Bo Hodges - 1
Lucas N'Guessan - 1
Miller - 1
LEXINGTON, Va. (Feb. 21, 2019)–“Bo Knows.”
ETSU sophomore guard Bo Hodges (Nashville, Tenn.) collected his first collegiate double-double by setting career highs with 26 points and 12 rebounds to help lift Buccaneer men’s basketball to a 94-70 win over VMI on Thursday night inside Cameron Hall.
Hodges, who went 10-of-13 from the field, also added four assists and one block, while holding Bubba Parham – the Southern Conference’s leading scorer – to two points on 0-of-12 shooting. It was the second time in Parham’s career he was held without a field goal as he entered Thursday night averaging 20.7 points per game.
Hodges became the seventh Buccaneer to score at least 20 points this season, while also becoming the eighth different player to lead ETSU in scoring. Over his last seven games, Hodges is averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while shooting 54 percent from the field (38-70).
Joining Hodges in double figures were freshman Daivien Williamson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and junior Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.). Williamson finished with 20 points (7-of-11 shooting), four assists and three rebounds, while Boyd added 18 points on 4-of-8 beyond the arc. In total, Hodges, Williamson and Boyd accounted for 64 points on 24-of-37 shooting.
As a team, the Blue and Gold shot a season-high 62 percent from the field (37-60), including a 74 percent clip (20-27) in the second half. For the second straight game, ETSU shot over 70 percent at the free throw line (12-17), while totaling 54 points in the paint and 50 points from the bench. Junior Lucas N’Guessan (De Lier, Netherlands) contributed to the bench scoring as he added nine points (4-of-4 shooting) and four rebounds. The Bucs were also plus-15 on the boards, 39-24, with Mladen Armus (Belgrade, Serbia) and Hodges combining for 24 (12 each).
With the win, ETSU – who has won eight straight against VMI – improved to 22-7, 12-4, while the Keydets dropped their eighth straight en route to falling to 7-20, 1-14.
Neither team had much breathing room in the first 20 minutes as they combined for seven ties and 13 lead changes and were tied 39-39 at halftime. The Bucs’ largest lead was four, 16-12, when Boyd III found Jeromy Rodriguez (Santiago, Dominican Republic) for a dunk at the 13:25 mark to cap off a 5-0 run. From there, the Keydets led by five twice, but with VMI ahead, 37-32, the Blue and Gold closed the final two minutes on a 7-2 run to pull even at the break.
The Bucs shot 52 percent in the opening 20 minutes (17-33), but went 3-of-11 from beyond the arc, while VMI shot 47 percent (15-32) and went 5-of-9 from three. ETSU scored 26 of its 39 points in the paint and the Keydets scored nine points off the Bucs’ seven turnovers. Hodges led the Bucs with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes of action in the first half.
After a tightly contested opening 20 minutes, the Blue and Gold dominated the second half thanks to a 55-point outburst.
ETSU carried its run over to the second half as it eventually stretched to 24-3 to go ahead 56-40 following a pair of free throws by Hodges at the 15:01 mark.
VMI then pulled within single digits, 67-58, with 9:05 remaining, but over the next four minutes the Bucs opened the lead back to 16 when Williamson found Boyd open for his third triple of the night to make it, 82-66. ETSU’s lead finally hit 20 when a free throw by Armus extended it to 88-68 with 2:16 remaining. In the end, the Bucs concluded the final nine minutes by scoring 27 of the final 39 points to secure the 24-point win.
Myles Lewis led VMI with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting (9-of-11 at free throw line), while Sarju Patel added 12 points and three rebounds.
The Keydets shot 42 percent from the field (24-57), while the Bucs held them to a 36 percent clip in the second half.
The Bucs wrap up their road swing Sunday afternoon when ETSU takes on UNCG inside the Greensboro Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.
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