|November 30, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||LR|
|FG Percentage||.451 (23-51)||.467 (21-45)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (11-22)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (10-12)||.722 (13-18)|
Hodges - 3
Hodges - 1
Good - 1
Rodriguez - 1
Corley - 1
Tisdale - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 29, 2019) – After sweeping a three-game homestand, the ETSU men’s basketball team looks to carry that winning momentum on the road as the Buccaneers begin a three-game swing starting Saturday afternoon at Arkansas-Little Rock. Game time is set for 3 p.m. ET inside the Jack Stephens Center.
Saturday’s game will be video streamed live on ESPN+ with Ben Creighton and Steve Shields on the call; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO
“Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will have the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 beginning with the Atmos Energy Pregame Show at 2:30 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
LAST TIME OUT
ETSU capped off its three-game homestand with a 78-69 win over Appalachian State on Tuesday night inside Freedom Hall.
Senior Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.) scored a season-high 22 points, while junior Vonnie Patterson (Louisville, Ky.) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to power the Buccaneers to the nine-point win in front of 5,126 fans.
The Bucs, who were playing their third game in a four-day stretch and fourth game in seven days, captured a seventh straight win over their former Southern Conference rival, along with marking the first-ever meeting since Dec. 10, 2011 when ETSU won 65-48 in Boone. Tuesday night was the 126th all-time meeting, and following ETSU’s win, the Blue and Gold have now won 80 games in the series.
BUCS AGAINST ARKANSAS TEAMS
This marks the Bucs’ ninth all-time meeting against a team from Arkansas with ETSU winning five of the previous eight games … The last time ETSU won in “The Natural State” was on Nov. 27, 2009 when the Bucs defeated Arkansas, 94-85.
BACK-TO-BACK NON-CONFERENCE GAMES FROM TEAMS IN SAME LEAGUE
Saturday marks the Bucs’ second straight opponent from the Sun Belt Conference … Since 2001-02, the Bucs have played non-conference opponents from the same league in back-to-back games five times with ETSU sweeping those teams four times … The most recent occurrence came in 2014-15 when the Bucs beat UNCA and Winthrop … ETSU’s lone split came in 2009-10, when the Bucs beat Appalachian State and then lost to Chattanooga … The Bucs beat Appalachian State and Chattanooga in 2008-09, beat UNCA and Radford in 2006-07 and UNCA and Coastal Carolina in 2001-02.
ETSU will play three road games over the next seven days taking the Bucs from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Charleston, S.C. and then to Fargo, N.D. … Overall, the Bucs will cover over 4,700 miles during this trip, which begins Saturday in Arkansas … From there, ETSU will fly back home Sunday before leaving Tuesday for Charleston and taking on The Citadel Wednesday night … Following a day in Charleston on Thursday, ETSU will fly to North Dakota to play at NDSU Saturday night before flying back home to Johnson City on Dec. 8.
The Bucs capped off three games in a four-day stretch Tuesday night against Appalachian State … ETSU won all three games during that run by also taking down Delaware State and Southern Utah in the Maui Invitational Mainland games … During this three-game win streak, the Bucs have a +17.7 win margin (82.0-64.3), while the Bucs are outscoring the opposition by 47 points in the first half (123-76) … Offensively, ETSU is shooting 48 percent (78-164) from the field and 72 percent at the free throw line (63-87), while limiting the opposition to 39 percent shooting (67-173), 31 percent from three (21-68) and opponents are shooting 60 percent at the charity stripe (38-63) … Four Bucs are scoring in double figures during this run – Tray Boyd III (14.3), Bo Hodges (13.7), Lucas N’Guessan (13.3) and Jeromy Rodriguez (10.5) … The Bucs have assisted on 63 percent of its 78 made field goals (49 assists), while Isaiah Tisdale (14) and Daivien Williamson (11) have combined for 25.
LAST TIME ETSU OPENED 6-1
Sitting 6-1 through its first seven games, the Bucs are off to their best start since the 2016-17 campaign when ETSU opened 7-1 en route to making its 10thappearance in the NCAA Tournament.
ABOUT ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK
Arkansas-Little Rock has won four of its last six games and enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 5-3.
The Trojans are coming off a 67-50 win over Alcorn State on Wednesday night.
Sophomore guard Markquis Nowell is leading the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game, while he is averaging 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists … Nowell has also accounted for 17 of the Trojans’ 36 made threes … Nowell also ranks second nationally in total steals (26) and minutes played (39:13), seventh in steals per game (3.25), eighth in total points (163), 12th in free throws made (38) and 13th in field goals made (54).
Junior forward Ruot Monyyong is nearly averaging a double-double (11.6 ppg/9.3 rpg), while he ranks 23rd nationally with three double-doubles.
As a team, Little Rock is averaging 67.5 points per game, while holding opponents to 63 points and a 39% shooting clip.
The Trojans are 3-0 at home this season with wins over Alcorn State, St. Francis Brooklyn and Southwest Baptist.
Little Rock ranks 21st nationally in free throws made (122) and free throw attempts (177), 28th in total rebounds (308) and 38th in total steals (63).
Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
ETSU begins opens conference play Tuesday night when the Bucs travel to Charleston, S.C. and take on The Citadel … Game time is slated for 7 p.m. inside McAlister Field House.
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