January 15, 20201st2ndFinal
Samford293463
ETSU375188
Stats at a GlanceSUETSU
FG Percentage.396 (21-53) .523 (34-65)
3P FG Percentage.353 (6-17) .333 (9-27)
FT Percentage.789 (15-19) .611 (11-18)
Offensive Rebounds912
Defensive Rebounds2526
Total Rebounds3438
Turnovers169
Steals311
Bench Points2145
LeadersSUETSU
PointsSharkey - 18
Boyd III - 16
ReboundsPadgett - 8
Hodges - 9
AssistsSharkey - 3
Hodges - 6
StealsSharkey - 2
Hodges - 4
BlocksAustin - 1
Allen - 1
Dupree - 1
Hodges - 2
ETSU looks to continue home dominance Wednesday
ETSU looks to continue home dominance Wednesday
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Bucs, Bulldogs tip off at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 14, 2020) – The ETSU men’s basketball team looks to continue its home dominance when the Buccaneers host Samford Wednesday night at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. 

The Bucs, who are a perfect 10-0 at home this season, have led in 94 percent of their games in 2019-20 inside Freedom Hall, while winning 85 percent (61-11) of the home games since head coach Steve Forbes took over in 2015-16.   

COACHING FOR LITERACY

ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes and the Buccaneers will continue their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Johnson City.

The Bucs’ Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy game is this Wednesday, January 15 when ETSU hosts Samford inside Freedom Hall.

Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read. 

Kids all across the state of Tennessee are in the fight of their lives. A fight to read proficiently by the end of third-grade. In fact, 67% of fourth-grade students in Tennessee are not reading at the proficient level. 

To learn more about why literacy matters and explore how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit coachingforliteracy.org.  

TICKETS

Fans can purchase tickets online by clicking here or by calling the ETSU Ticket Office at 423-439-3878… Single-game tickets start at $10. 

COVERAGE

Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with David Jackson and Bruce Tranbarger 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 6:30 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 

Follow Buccaneer basketball on Twitter @ETSU_MBB and on Instagram @etsubasketball 

LAST TIME OUT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2020) – The Buccaneer defense came through again. 

After another sluggish offensive performance, ETSU men’s basketball turned to its lock-down defense to secure a 61-55 win over VMI in front of 4,730 fans on Saturday inside Freedom Hall. 

Defense has been the Buccaneer calling card as of late and the Blue and Gold took to the challenge against an offensive-minded Keydet club. ETSU held the visitors from Lexington to 19 points below its season average and four under its average of three-pointers made. 

VMI shot 39.6 percent from the field (19-48) and went 7-of-21 from beyond the arc. The  Buccaneer offense wasn’t much better as they posted a 34.6 shooting clip (18-52) and went 5-of-20 from three-point-land. However, for the second straight game, the Blue and Gold capitalized at the free throw line by being plus-10 (20-10), marking the 28th time in the Coach Forbes era ETSU has made at least 20 free throws. The Bucs are 26-2 in those contests. 

The Buccaneer post players carried the load as Vonnie Patterson (Lexington, Ky.), Lucas N’Guessan (De Lier, Netherlands) and Joe Hugley (Gaithersburg, Md.) combined to go 10-of-14 for 27 points. Patterson and N’Guessan both netted 11 and Hugley added six. N’Guessan also led the Bucs with eight rebounds. Junior guard Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn.) paced ETSU at the line by knocking down seven of his eight free throw attempts to finish with a team-high 12 points. 

With the win, ETSU – who has held its opponents to 54 points and 23 percent shooting from beyond the arc in the last eight games – improved to  15-3 and 4-1 in SoCon play. VMI suffered its sixth straight defeat and moved to 5-13, 0-5. The Bucs have now won the last nine meetings versus the Keydets and 18 of the last 20; however, the last two home games have been decided by nine total points. 

BUCS’ DEFENSE CONTINUES TO SHINE

In their first four SoCon games of 2020, ETSU’s defense has been stifling … The Bucs are holding opponents to 56.2 points per game, while forcing 16.3 turnovers and limiting them to a 30.7 shooting clip from three (23-75) … On the flip side, ETSU – who was averaging over 81 points and shooting at nearly at 50 percent clip in its first 14 games – has been held to 57.5 points, while shooting 38 percent from the field and 23 percent from beyond the arc (19-84) … The Bucs have made 35 more trips to the free throw line during stretch (85-50), while the Bucs are plus-21 at the line (57-36)  … The Bucs defeated Wofford on New Year’s Day 49-48, before falling at Furman 65-56 on Jan. 8, marking the first time ETSU has been held to 60 points or less in consecutive games since March 1-7, 2013 when scoring 56 vs. USC Upstate and 46 vs. Stetson … Patrick Good and Tray Boyd III have combined for 15 of ETSU’s 19 made threes since the New Year. 

BUCCANEERS AT HOME

In its 10 home games this season, ETSU is holding the opposition on to 54.8 points and limiting them to a 24.8 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (50-202) ... The Bucs are averaging 79 points and shooting 47 percent (269-575) from the  field and outscoring the opposition on by 173 points in the first half (396-223) ... The Bucs also have a plus-6.3 turnover margin as the Blue and Gold are only averaging 11.6 turnovers with the opposition on turning the ball over 17.9 times per game ... ETSU is also averaging 5.4 blocks per game ... Individually, Tray Boyd III is averaging 14.6 points, while shooting 44 percent from the field (49-112), 39 percent from beyond the arc (26-27) and is 22-of-24 at the free throw line ... Bo Hodges is posting 12.4 points per game in the 10 home contests this season, while adding 4.9 rebounds and donning a 53 percent shooting clip (47-89) ... Hodges and Boyd make up 34 percent of the Bucs’ scoring at home as they have accounted for 270 of ETSU’s 790 points.

MORE ON THE HOME DOMINANCE

The Bucs have led wire-to-wire in four of their 10 home games, while ETSU’s largest home deficit this season was three points when Delaware State led 3-0, 30 seconds into the contest ... The Bucs have never trailed in the second half at home this season as they were tied at 35 and 58 vs. Winthrop, while the latest ETSU has trailed is the 6:41 mark of the first half vs. VMI (17-16) ... Overall, ETSU has led in 375 of the 400 possible minutes at home (94%).

FANS CONTINUE TO FLOCK TO FREEDOM HALL

The Bucs, who have averaged over 5,000 fans during SoCon play in the last two seasons, are on pace to make it three consecutive years of accomplishing the feat … Through two SoCon home  games this year, ETSU is averaging 5,002 fans, which is 1,522 better than its nearest competitor in Furman. 

HOME AND ROAD SUCCESS PUT BUCS IN ELITE GROUP

ETSU’s 10 home wins are tied for the seventh-most in Division I play this season, while the Bucs’ 10-game home win streak is tied for the 24th longest mark in the country … ETSU and Gonzaga are the only two teams in the country to have at least 10 home wins and five true road wins this season … The Bucs have 10 and 5, while Gonzaga has 10 and 6. 

ABOUT SAMFORD

Samford has dropped back-to-back games and enters Wednesday’s contest at 8-10 overall and 2-2 in SoCon play. 

The Bulldogs are coming off a 105-67 setback at Chattanooga last Saturday.

Samford is led by senior guard Josh Sharkey as he’s averaging 18.7 points … Sharkey also leads the Bulldogs in field goals made (91),  free throws made (84), assists (128) and steals (51) … Sharkey leads the country in steals per game (3.4), second in assists per game (8.5) and total steals, third in total assists, and 14th in free throws made. 

As a team, Samford is averaging 75.9 points per game, while allowing 77.8.

Six of the Bulldogs’ wins have come at home, while Samford has dropped six of its eight games played away from Birmingham. 

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU has won nine straight games over the Bulldogs and leads the all-time series, 13-1 … The Bucs are 6-1 all-time against Samford in Johnson City, including winning the last four meetings inside Freedom Hall ... ETSU’s lone loss in the series came on Feb. 7, 2015, when Samford defeated the Blue and Gold 71-68 in Johnson City ... Three of the last eight games have gone to overtime, while 10 of the 13 game have been decided by nine points or less ... The first-ever meeting was back on  Jan. 29, 1979  when ETSU won, 64-63.

MORE SERIES NOTES

The Bucs swept the season series a year ago with an 81-72  overtime win in Johnson City on Jan. 3 and collected a 74-66 win at Samford on Jan. 31 … Tray Boyd III averaged 16.5 points, while Patrick Good averaged 15.5 points, including a 27-point game in the road win where he knocked down six threes … Jeromy Rodriguez averaged 12 points and  14 rebounds in the two games, while Isaiah Tisdale posted eight points, four assists and three rebounds in the two contests a year ago … As a team, the Buccaneer bench outscored Samford, 81-16, while the Bucs were plus-22 in second-chance scoring (32-9) and scored 45 points off 32 Bulldog turnovers … The teams have met once in the SoCon Tournament with ETSU taking  a 81-72 decision in the  2017 semifinal game where T.J. Cromer scored a career-high 41 points on nine made threes … The Bucs went on to defeat UNCG 79-74 in the SoCon title game the next day.

WHAT’S NEXT

ETSU heads to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on SoCon unbeaten Western Carolina Saturday night at 7 p.m. inside the Ramsey Center.

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