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This Week in ETSU Athletics: Feb. 4-10

Monday, February 04, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 4, 2013) – Below is a list of all the ETSU athletic events taking place for the week of Feb. 4-10.

Men’s Basketball (7-17, 5-6 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU men’s basketball team heads to Florida to take on league-leading Florida Gulf Coast (16-8, 8-3 A-Sun) and fifth-place Stetson (9-13, 6-5 A-Sun). The Bucs will be looking for the season sweep of FGCU on Thursday night inside Alico Arena at 7 p.m., before ending the week Saturday against Stetson inside the J. Ollie Edmunds Center at 3:15 p.m.

Both Buccaneer basketball games can be viewed by logging onto ASun.TV. Live audio can be found on ETSUBucs.com, or by listening to 640-WSXM on your AM radio. Live stats for Thursday night’s game will be provided by FGCUAthletics.com via Stat Broadcast. Live stats for Saturday afternoon’s game will be provided by GoHatters.com via NeuLion.

Last week: The Bucs had a busy week consisting of three games, compiling a 1-2 record with losses at USC Upstate and at home to Northern Kentucky, before ending the week on a positive note by defeating Lipscomb in overtime, 90-88.

The week tipped off Monday night from the G.B. Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C. In a reverse of the ETSU men’s basketball team’s normal trend this season, the Buccaneers played a strong first half only to see things unravel after the intermission. ETSU led 34-33 at the break, but gave up 55 second-half points to the Spartans to fall, 88-71. Upstate opened the second half on a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way, shooting 62 percent in the half. Torrey Craig led the attack with a game-high 23 points, while three other Spartans reached double figures.

Meanwhile, the Bucs committed 17 turnovers in the game and were outscored 30-18 in the paint. Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis) netted a team-high 19 points and freshman forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) added another 16 points in the losing effort.

Game two took place Thursday night inside the MSHA Athletics Center, highlighted by the “battle of the Joneses.” NKU’s Eshaunte Jones led his team to victory, posting a game-high 25 points while ETSU’s Jarvis Jones netted a career-high 23 points. Jarvis Jones had a chance to force overtime, but his layup attempt at the buzzer rimmed out as NKU escaped with a 70-68 victory.

The difference in points between the Joneses wound up being the difference in the game, as NKU came back from a 31-28 halftime deficit to outscore the Bucs 42-37 in the final 20 minutes. The Bucs rallied from a 10-point deficit (55-45) with 10 minutes left in the contest, and actually took the lead when a 3-pointer from Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) capped an 18-6 run with three minutes left in the game. However, at that point NKU’s Chad Jackson scored five straight points to make it 66-63 with 1:49 left and set up the late game heroics for both teams.

Jones was not to be denied on Saturday, ending an overtime win versus Lipscomb with back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers en route to a career-high 36 points. The last of Jones’ made threes came with 15 seconds remaining to put the Bucs up, 90-88, and Deonte Alexander missed a layup with :02 left as ETSU snapped its two-game losing streak in dramatic fashion.

The Buccaneers trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half before going to their “white” full-court press with just over six minutes left in regulation. That defensive switch paid immediate dividends as ETSU produced a 14-4 run to tie the game at 74-74. From there, both teams traded the lead four times before a Jones 3-pointer gave the Bucs a 79-77 edge with 17 seconds left. Alexander then tied it at 79 on a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining, and later stole the ball from Jones with three seconds left on the clock only to miss a game-winning layup attempt at the buzzer and force overtime.

Women’s Basketball (6-11, 4-6 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU women’s basketball team ends a four-game home stand on Monday, looking for its third straight win when it battles Northern Kentucky (8-11, 5-5 A-Sun) inside the MSHA Athletics Center at 7 p.m. The Lady Bucs’ last game of the week comes Saturday at the J. Ollie Edmunds Center in DeLand, Fla., when they take on second-place Stetson (15-6, 8-2 A-Sun) at 1 p.m.

Both games can be viewed for free by logging onto ASun.TV. Live audio for each game can be found on ETSUBucs.com, or by listening to 640-WXSM on your AM radio. Live stats for Monday night’s game versus NKU will be provided by ETSUBucs.com via Stat Broadcast, while live stats for Saturday afternoon’s game in DeLand will be provided by GoHatters.com via NeuLion.

Last week: The Lady Buccaneers were a perfect 2-0, earning home wins against Jacksonville, 74-57, and Lipscomb, 86-64, to move into a tie for sixth in the A-Sun standings with USC Upstate. Both wins came in dominating fashion, with ETSU’s average margin of victory being 19.5 points.

The week began Monday night in Johnson City against JU, with sophomore forward Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) having a breakout game by scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds off the bench for her first collegiate double-double. Burley also added four blocks, winding up with the game-high in points, rebounds and rejections. The Lady Bucs also received boosts from Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.), who narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, as well as Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) who turned in her routinely solid performance with 10 points and five boards.

Saturday’s effort against Lipscomb was even more impressive, as ETSU scored the first 15 points of the game and jumped out to a 25-point lead, 31-6, with 8:32 remaining in the opening half. Lipscomb managed to cut it to 17 by halftime, but ETSU sustained its lead through the second half with 41 more points en route to the 22-point victory.

For the game, the Lady Bucs shot 44 percent (30-68), including 58.3 percent (7-12) from long range. ETSU was a force on the glass, outrebounding LU 50-32 with 21 on the offensive end and 29 on defense. Mitchell – limited to just 18 minutes due to a second-half injury – led the Lady Bucs with 16 points, while also grabbing five rebounds and coming up with seven steals. Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.), Clark and Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) all landed in double figures as well.

Men’s Tennis (3-2)

This week: Idle

Last week: The 73rd-ranked ETSU men’s tennis team went to Boone, N.C., in search of its third win in three years against Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon, handling the Mountaineers inside the Deer Valley Racquet Club, 6-1.       

ETSU took the doubles point with 8-2 and 8-4 wins on courts two and three, before rolling through singles with victories in the top five matches. Senior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and sophomore Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had the most lopsided wins, each dropping just two games in two-set victories. Senior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and reigning A-Sun Men’s Tennis Player of the Week Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) cruised in straights as well, while junior Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) picked up his first dual victory of the season, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Women’s Tennis (1-0)

This week: Idle

Last week: The ETSU women’s tennis team served up the dual season in Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashboro Village Athletic Club, starting the year in the win column by defeating MTSU, 4-1.

The Lady Buccaneers took doubles sets on courts one and three to earn the first point of the match. Freshman Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) put the Lady Bucs up 2-1 with a win at No. 4 singles, before senior Antonia Kolovou (Larisa, Greece) won her third set at love against Nomota Yuiri in the top match to put ETSU a point from victory. The Lady Bucs were in good shape with leads on courts five and six, but junior Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil) left nothing to chance by wrapping up the match in a second-set tiebreak at the No. 2 hole, 6-4, 7-6.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field

This week: The ETSU men’s and women’s track & field teams take to their final meet before the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships, making the journey to Clemson, S.C., for the two-day Tiger Paw Invitational. The meet is scheduled to take up the majority of each day, with live results available through TimingInc.com.

Last week: ETSU enjoyed much success at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., competing Friday and Saturday in the Hilton Garden Invitational.

Opening day saw junior Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) take gold in the triple jump with a distance of 12.09m, as she made easy work of the field by defeating Wake Forest’s Montasia Golden by nearly six inches. Golden took second place at 11.94m. Sophomore Katerina Vodova (Humoplec, Czech Republic) and freshman Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) were the other top women’s finishers of the day. Vodova combined for 3,313 points in her first penatathlon of the indoor season to grab bronze in the event. Kessler followed up a good performance at the Niswonger with a collegiate best in the pole vault, clearing 3.40m to take fifth.

The men’s 5000m run saw ETSU take two top-five finishes, led by Anders Ludvigsen (Odense, Denmark) in fourth with a time of 15:09.68. Senior Landon Milhorn (The Woodlands, Texas) completed the event less than a second behind Ludvigsen, clocking in at 15:10.44 for a personal best.

Day two saw more success for the men, highlighted by Tyler Stepp’s (Dandridge, Tenn.) second high jump victory in as many meets. Just as he did at the Niswonger Invitational two weeks ago, Stepp cleared 2.08m, but this time was matched by North Carolina State’s Jonathan Addison. Both Stepp and Addison attempted 2.13m – what would have given Stepp the ETSU indoor record – but were unsuccessful and tied for first.

Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W.V.) had the best finish for the women, landing a personal best in the 3000m by nearly a full 30 seconds to take second place at 9:52.07. Freshman Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) took fifth in the event, also clocking a collegiate-best time of 10:02.21.

Softball (0-0)

This week: Softball season is finally here, as the ETSU softball team heads to its first tournament of the season this weekend when it competes at the Plainsmen Invite in Auburn, Ala. ETSU will begin play Friday versus Auburn at 4 p.m., and take on Kent State around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Buccaneers begin the day at 11 a.m., against Austin Peay, before concluding the weekend at 9 p.m. under the lights against Army.

Live stats for all of ETSU’s weekend contests will be provided by ETSUBucs.com via Stat Broadcast.

Last week: Idle

Men’s Golf

This week: The ETSU men’s golf team opens its spring season Monday morning at the Sea Best Invitational, which is hosted by Jacksonville University at the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The tournament features 36 holes of play on Monday, while the teams will wrap up with the final 18 on Tuesday.

The Bucs’ lineup features the same group the Blue and Gold have sent out all fall, which consists of two sophomores and three freshmen. Along with Scott Gibson (Southerness, Scotland), Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) will be sophomore Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) and freshman Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.).

Monday’s opening round will start at 8 a.m., and fans can follow the live scoring via Golfstat.com.

Last week: Idle

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