JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 14, 2013) – Below are a list of all the ETSU athletic events taking place for the week of Jan. 14-20.
Men’s Basketball (4-13, 2-2 A-Sun)
This week: The ETSU men’s basketball team heads to “The Peach State” for two Atlantic Sun Conference games, beginning Thursday at The University Center in Macon, Ga., against Mercer. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m., with live stats available through Presto Sports on MercerBears.com. Two days later, the Bucs head back up I-75 to the KSU Convocation Center to take on the Kennesaw State Owls. Tip for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with live stats available through Stat Broadcast by logging onto KSUOwls.com.
As always, live audio can be found for all games at ETSUBucs.com, and free live video can be found by logging onto ASun.TV.
Last week: The Bucs played their first pair of home conference games, facing off against Stetson on Thursday and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. Against the Hatters, ETSU found itself down 13 points with just over seven minutes to play, and finished on a 16-5 run that nearly erased the deficit. In the end, the Buccaneers were dropped due in part to Stetson’s hot shooting, with the Hatters going 24-48 from the field for the game, including 11-22 from long range. ETSU did shoot better than Stetson overall (30-58), but could not keep up with Stetson’s 3-pointers on 6-16 from deep.
Bad seemed headed for worse on Saturday, as the Bucs entered halftime down by 13 to FGCU, and went behind by 19, 55-36, on a made three from Sherwood Brown with 16:52 remaining. From that point on, it was all Buccaneers. Head coach Murry Bartow left “five guys” in for most of the game – freshmen Lester Wilson (Knoxville, Tenn.), Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.), Petey McClain (Mobile, Ala.), senior Jarvis Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) and sophomore John Walton (Memphis, Tenn.) – who led the Bucs to a huge comeback by outscoring the Eagles through the final 16:52 by a margin of 49-20 for the 85-75 win. Wilson led all scorers with 21 points, while Jones had 18, Stramaglia netted a career-high 14 points, and McClain finished in double figures with 10 points.
Women’s Basketball (3-6, 1-1 A-Sun)
This week: Like the men, the ETSU women’s basketball team heads to Georgia later in the week, but not before it tips the week off against league-leading Stetson inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on Monday night at 7 p.m. Live stats will be provided through Stat Broadcast by logging onto ETSUBucs.com, and live audio by “The Voice” of the Buccaneer network, Jay Sandos, can be accessed via the athletics website or by tuning in to 640-WXSM on your AM radio.
On Saturday, the Lady Bucs begin the first of two A-Sun road games with Kennesaw State. Tip for the game against the Owls is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., inside the KSU Convocation Center. Live stats will be provided through Stat Broadcast by logging onto KSUOwls.com. The road trip finishes up next Monday against Mercer.
As always, all Atlantic Sun contests can be watched for free on ASun.TV.
Last week: The Lady Bucs began the week in Highland Heights, Ky., facing off against the conference’s newest member, Northern Kentucky, at The Bank of Kentucky Center. NKU took a 10-point lead into the locker room, 48-38, and held ETSU to just 17 points in the second half to pull out the win, 68-55. NKU and ETSU shot nearly identical from the field – each time hovering around 40 percent, but NKU sank eight 3-pointers while ETSU made just two, and went 14-19 from the charity stripe while the Lady Bucs left a lot of points on the line, making just one of nine attempts.
The week continued on Saturday, with ETSU welcoming last year’s Atlantic Sun Tournament Champion, Florida Gulf Coast, to the Dome. It was the Lady Bucs’ first game under the new lights, but FGCU took advantage by setting an NCAA women’s record with 22 made 3-pointers (22-43) to run away with a 97-60 victory. ETSU was led by Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) who had 16 points, but four Eagles landed in double figures including Betsy Adams who had 25 points in 14 minutes of action.
Men’s Tennis (0-0)
This week: The No. 71 ETSU men’s tennis team begins dual play this weekend, starting with No. 66 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday at 5 p.m. The following day, the Bucs head to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on Oklahoma State of the Big XII Conference. First serve against Oklahoma State is also scheduled for 5 p.m.
Last week: The Buccaneers began the spring season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., battling No. 53 Alabama and No. 33 Memphis at the Crimson Tide Indoor Invite.
The tournament began Friday, with the Bucs impressively downing Memphis in doubles by taking two of three matches. The duo of Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated the Tigers’ top doubles team, while Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) decided the outcome with a victory on court two. Singles play against Alabama did not go as well, with only junior Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) earning a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Rens van der Vis. Six other Bucs were defeated.
On Saturday, ETSU switched things up by taking on Bama in doubles and Memphis in singles, but found very little success. The Crimson Tide defeated ETSU in two of three doubles matches, with Ramirez and Varon the lone Buccaneer tandem to wind up ahead. Against Memphis in singles, ETSU dropped all six of its matches.
Women’s Tennis (0-0)
This week: The ETSU women’s tennis team welcomes the spring season in Winston-Salem, N.C., competing at the three-day Wake Forest Winter Classic. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Saturday and end on Monday, with ETSU competing against Wake Forest, Radford and Elon. A full tournament schedule can be found below.Saturday - 1 p.m. startETSU vs. Wake (doubles); Elon vs. Radford (doubles)Radford vs. Wake (singles); ETSU vs. Elon (singles) Sunday - Noon startElon vs. Wake (doubles); ETSU vs. Radford (doubles)ETSU vs. Wake (singles); Elon vs. Radford (doubles) Monday - 9 a.m. startRadford vs. Wake (doubles); Elon vs. ETSU (doubles)Elon vs. Wake (singles); Radford vs. ETSU (singles)
Men’s and Women’s Track & Field
This week: The ETSU men’s and women’s track & field teams host the 35th annual Niswonger Invitational at the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center, beginning Friday and concluding on Saturday. The meet will run through most of each day, with meet information and live results available at TimingInc.com. More information about the Niswonger Invitational, including a meet schedule, directions to the campus, and information regarding the athletic training room, can be found through the track & field links on ETSUBucs.com.
Last week: The Buccaneer men and women got back to action after over a month off last weekend, competing at the Blazer Invite from the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Highlighting ETSU’s day was the high jump on both the men’s and women’s sides. Junior Tyler Stepp (Dandridge, Tenn.) placed third to earn bronze out of the 24-man field in the men’s event, clearing a personal-best height of 2.05m. Last month’s A-Sun Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, freshman Kristin Chapman (LaFollette, Tenn.), earned the second medal of her young career. Chapman – taking bronze at Clemson in December – walked away with silver in the high jump by clearing a personal-best height of 1.65m.
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