This Week in ETSU Athletics: Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Monday, January 28, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 28, 2013) – Below is a list of all the ETSU athletic events taking place for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Men’s Basketball (6-15, 4-4 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU men’s basketball team gets an early start to a busy week, beginning with a trip to Spartanburg, S.C., Monday night to face USC Upstate (11-10, 5-3 A-Sun). Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., inside the G.B Hodge Center. The Bucs return home for their Thursday and Saturday games, taking on Northern Kentucky (6-11, 4-5 A-Sun) in the second game of the week at 7 p.m., before ending the week Saturday versus Lipscomb at 4 p.m.

Fans can watch Monday night’s game in Spartanburg on ESPN3. Viewers unable to access ESPN3 can listen to the game live by either logging onto ETSUBucs.com, or by tuning their AM radio to 640-WXSM. Live stats will be provided through Presto Sports via UpstateSpartans.com. Free live video and play-by-play commentary for Thursday’s and Saturday’s home games can be found on Asun.TV, with audio-only broadcasts available at ETSUBucs.com and 640AM. Live stats for both home games will be provided by Stat Broadcast via ETSUBucs.com.

Last week: The Buccaneers welcomed the Atlantic Sun schools hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., to the MSHA Athletics Center, earning a split of the two contests. ETSU began the week Thursday with a near-comeback win against Jacksonville, but avenged itself Saturday by erasing a 17-point deficit against North Florida to win convincingly, 89-75.

Thursday’s game against JU saw the Bucs take the early lead, stretching the margin to as much as 11 with 3:13 to play in the opening half. The Dolphins brought the gap to just two by halftime, entering the locker rooms down, 44-42. A roller-coaster second half saw five ties and three lead changes by the time it was over, ultimately ending in favor of the visitors. JU led by as much as 11 in the half, but ETSU took the lead with 1:59 to play on a made 3-pointer by Jarvis Jones (Memphis, Tenn.), 76-75. Junior Hunter Harris (Nashville, Tenn.) tied the score for the final time with 1:07 remaining, but JU scored five of the game’s final seven points to take the victory, 83-80.

Redshirt freshman Lester Wilson (Knoxville, Tenn.) led all Bucs with 19 points, with Jones, Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) and Kinard Gasden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) all reaching double figures. KGG added 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his ETSU career.

Saturday’s game didn’t see nearly as much back-and-forth action, but contained even more excitement with ETSU scoring 56 points in the second half to come back from 17 down and win. The Ospreys were on fire in the opening half, shooting 15-22 from the field (68.2 percent) and 6-8 from downtown. UNF took its largest lead of the game with 9:06 to play in the first half, ahead 30-13 after a 3-pointer by Ray Rodriguez. The Bucs hung around and cut the margin to 12 by halftime, 45-33.

The game of runs saw ETSU take over in the second half, shooting 15-25 from the field (60 percent) and 5-8 from long range (62.5 percent) to eventually come back and seal the win. The Bucs stepped up their defense to outscore the Ospreys, 56-30, in the final 20 minutes, cooling down UNF’s field goal percentage to just 27.6 (8-29) and 22.2 (4-18) from deep. ETSU tied the game up with 9:56 to play and never looked back. Again, four Bucs scored in double figures, including Harris’ career-high 25 points. Wilson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jones scored 19 and Rembert added 12.

Women’s Basketball (4-11, 2-6 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU women’s basketball team continues its stretch of four consecutive home games, getting off to a quick start by hosting Jacksonville (7-12, 3-5 A-Sun) Monday night inside the Dome at 7 p.m. The Lady Bucs close the week on Saturday, welcoming Lipscomb (2-16, 1-7 A-Sun) to the MSHA Athletics Center in the front end of an ETSU basketball doubleheader. Tip is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

As always, all Atlantic Sun contests can be watched for free on ASun.TV. Live audio can be accessed by logging onto ETSUBucs.com, or by listening to 640-WXSM on your AM radio. Live stats for both games will be provided by Stat Broadcast via ETSUBucs.com.

Last week: The Lady Bucs dropped two Atlantic Sun contests. The first loss came to Mercer last Monday in Macon, Ga., 79-64, followed by a six-point defeat at the hands of North Florida inside the Dome on Saturday, 62-56.

Monday, junior Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) continued to produce with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but it was not enough as Mercer outscored ETSU by 11 in the second half to run away with the victory. ETSU found itself down by just four at the break, 41-37, shooting 50 percent (14-28) from the field. The shooting percentage took a hit in the second frame, cooling down to 36.4 percent (12-33), while Mercer was fueled by Kendra Grant and Precious Bridges who each wound up with more than 20 points.

Thursday, ETSU returned home for the first of four straight home games, but could not hang with UNF down the stretch to fall by six. Junior Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) put the Lady Bucs ahead with 4:27 to play, 51-50, but ETSU managed just five points the rest of the way and watched as North Florida scored 12 for the win. Three Lady Bucs scored in double figures, with Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) and Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) leading the way at 14 points apiece. Mitchell was not unheard from, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for another double-double, including 12 offensive boards.

Men’s Tennis (2-2)

This week: The ETSU men’s tennis team plays just once, heading to Boone, N.C., for a 1 p.m., showdown with Appalachian State. The match will take place at Deer Valley Racquet Club, with ETSU looking to win its third match in as many seasons against the Mountaineers. The Bucs won, 6-1, last year and, 5-2, in 2011. Both matches came inside the Bristol Racquet Club.

Last week: ETSU competed in the fifth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend, heading to the Columbus, Ohio site and beginning play against No. 4 Ohio State inside OSU’s Varsity Tennis Center. Saturday’s match against the Buckeyes was too much for the 72nd-ranked Bucs, as they fell, 7-0. The Buccaneers redeemed themselves on Sunday, concluding the festivities against No. 71 UL-Lafayette and coming away victorious, 4-2. The Bucs won at doubles No. 2 and No. 3 for their first two dual, doubles victories, followed by singles wins from senior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela), senior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and junior Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain). Both Bandres and Ramirez recovered from dropping their second sets to win in three, while Ordeig came back from being down a break in his second set to win in straights.

Women’s Tennis (0-0)

This week: The ETSU women’s tennis team gets the dual season underway on Sunday, heading to Nashboro Village in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to take on MTSU. First serve is scheduled for noon ET.

Last week: Idle

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field

This week: After having last week off, the ETSU men’s and women’s track & field teams continue the indoor season this Friday and Saturday, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden Invitational. The meet is scheduled to take place throughout the majority of each day.

Last week: Idle

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Nov 14 The Citadel 1
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Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
MBB ETSU 76 F
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