January 25, 20201st2ndFinal
Chattanooga263864
ETSU344175
Stats at a GlanceUTCETSU
FG Percentage.511 (23-45) .483 (28-58)
3P FG Percentage.333 (5-15) .222 (4-18)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .833 (15-18)
Offensive Rebounds45
Defensive Rebounds2623
Total Rebounds3028
Turnovers186
Steals311
Bench Points2425
LeadersUTCETSU
PointsCaldwell - 17
Vila - 17
Hodges - 27
ReboundsCaldwell - 7
Hodges - 8
N'Guessan - 8
AssistsCaldwell - 4
Good - 4
StealsCaldwell - 1
Ledford - 1
Ryan - 1
Hodges - 5
BlocksJohnson - 1
Hodges - 2
ETSU opens three-game homestand on Saturday
ETSU opens three-game homestand on Saturday
Friday, January 24, 2020

Bucs to host in-state rival Chattanooga on Fan Appreciation Day 

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 24, 2020) – The ETSU men’s basketball team opens a three-game homestand this Saturday when the Buccaneers host Chattanooga for Fan Appreciation Day.  Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. 

THINGS TO KNOW

Below are the top “Things to Know” presented by Citizens Bank for Saturday’s game.

No. 1 – Saturday’s game against the Mocs is set for 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall … Please note, due to an expected large crowd, Freedom Hall will open at 2:30 p.m.

No. 2 – Tickets can be purchased online at ETSUBucs.com or by calling the ETSU ticket office at 423-439-3878 …. Fans are strongly encouraged to use the “Print At Home” function to receive their tickets ... For those who do not use the “Print At Home” method, tickets will be available at will-call at Freedom Hall.

No. 3 – ETSU students receive FREE admission and FREE parking by showing a valid ID ... ETSU students can also purchase guest tickets for $5 ... Student tickets can be picked up at the Student Activities & Organizations, located in Room 213 inside the CPA or online by clicking here

No. 4 – Saturday’s game, presented by Citi, is our annual Fan Appreciation game … Fans will be treated to a postgame autograph session with the Buccaneer players, ETSU men’s basketball souvenir cups will be placed in each cupholder inside Freedom Hall, team posters will be distributed and a limited supply of Pepsi headbands will be given away.

No. 5 – For fans without parking passes, free parking is available in designated lots surrounding Freedom Hall … Please click the map below to view these designated free parking areas:

COVERAGE

Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Kasey Marler 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 3:30 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

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2020) – Senior point guard Isaiah Tisdale (Lexington, Ky.) registered his first double-double as a Buccaneer, while ETSU stormed out of the gates by scoring 52 first-half points en route to dismantling Western Carolina, 85-66, in front of 3,756 fans on Saturday night inside the Ramsey Center. 

In a game that had a Southern Conference Tournament feel, featuring the two top teams in the league, Tisdale connected on his first six threes and totaled 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Tisdale’s six threes also set a career mark. 

Tisdale was joined by Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.), Lucas N’Guessan (De Lier, Netherlands) and Bo Hodges (Nashville, Tenn.) in double figure scoring. Boyd scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, while N’Guessan added 15 on 5-of-7 shooting – along with draining his third career make from beyond the arc – and Hodges pitched in with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds. 

As a team, the Bucs shot 50 percent for the second straight game as ETSU went 29-of-58, while the Blue and Gold netted 10 threes on 23 attempts. The Bucs shot 77 percent at the free throw line (17-22), with N’Guessan (4-5), Hodges (2-2), Boyd (4-5), Daivien Williamson (2-2) and Vonnie Patterson (2-2) combining to go 14-of-16. Patterson finished with nine points, seven rebounds and two steals. The Bucs were also strong with the ball as they only turned the ball over eight times, marking the third straight game ETSU finished with less than 10 turnovers. 

The Bucs improved to 17-3, 6-1, as ETSU now sits alone atop the conference standings. ETSU has also won 26 of the last 27 against the Catamounts, including nine straight overall and 13 consecutive in Cullowhee. Western Carolina, who was held 16 points below its season average, dropped to 12-5, 4-2. 

MORE ON WESTERN CAROLINA WIN

  • ETSU led wire-to-wire for the second straight game as the Buccaneers defeated Western Carolina, 85-66, on Saturday night inside the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. … The Bucs improved to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in SoCon play, which puts the Blue and Gold in sole possession of first-place in the league standings. 
  • The Bucs have now won nine straight games over the Catamounts, 26 of the last 27 and 13 in-a-row in Cullowhee … ETSU’s last loss to Western Carolina in Cullowhee came on Jan. 26, 1998, which is a span of 8,029 days – only four current Buccaneer players were alive the last time this occurred (Patrick Good, Jeromy Rodriguez, Lucas N’Guessan and Joe Hugley). 
  • Isaiah Tisdale became the Bucs’ eighth different leading scorer this season as he finished with 26 points and career-high 12 rebounds, marking his first double-double as a Buccaneer … ETSU joins Merrimack and Illinois State to have eight different leading scorers this season … Tisdale also netted a career-high six threes. 
  • As a team, the Bucs made 10 three-pointers on the night, extending their streak to 1,021 games with making at least one three-pointer … ETSU now holds the fifth-longest streak in the country after Vanderbilt saw its run end at 1,080 games Saturday vs. Tennessee … UNLV is the leader at 1,090 games, Duke is second at 1,077, while Arkansas and Western Kentucky are tied for third at 1,028 games. 
  • ETSU only turned the ball over eight times on Saturday, marking the third straight game the Bucs have had less than 10 turnovers … The last time ETSU had a streak of having three straight games with less than 10 turnovers games was Dec. 10-19, 2017. 
  • The Bucs held Western Carolina 16 points below its season scoring average on Saturday night … ETSU has now held its last 10 opponents below their season scoring average as the Bucs are limiting the opposition to 56.1 points per game during this stretch. 

14 STRAIGHT WINS OVER IN-STATE FOES

The Bucs have won their last 14 games against teams from the Volunteer state with an average win margin of 24 points per game ... ETSU’s last loss vs. an in-state team was on Dec. 22, 2016 vs Tennessee (72-68). 

WINS COMPARED TO IN-STATE RIVALS OVER LAST FOUR YEARS

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, ETSU’s 117 victories are the most by any Division I team in the state, including Belmont (108), Tennessee (100), MTSU (96), Memphis (95), Lipscomb (91), Chattanooga (83), Austin Peay (83), Tennessee State (73), UT-Martin (69), Vanderbilt (67) and Tennessee Tech (63). 

BUCS CONTINUE ON 3-POINT STREAK LIST

Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 1,021 consecutive games ... ETSU was 0-for-8 in that 1987 game ... The Bucs currently rank as the fifth-longest streak in the NCAA, with UNLV topping the list with 1,090 games. 

GETTING BACK ON BOARD

After being held to 57.5 points and a 37.6 shooting clip (77-205) in the first four games of 2020, the Buccaneer offense has found their groove again … During this two-games stretch vs. Samford and Western Carolina, ETSU has averaged 86.5 points, while shooting 51 percent (63-123) from the field … Four Bucs are scoring in double figures with Isaiah Tisdale averaging 16.5 points, Tray Boyd III is at 16.0 points, Lucas N’Guessan (13.5 ppg) and Bo Hodges (11.0 ppg). 

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK

Over the last three games, ETSU has only turned the ball over 25 times (8.3 per game) … The Bucs had eight turnovers vs. VMI  and at Western Carolina, while posting nine in the win over Samford … The last time ETSU had a streak of having three straight games with less than 10 turnovers was Dec. 10-19, 2017 …  During these three games, ETSU has 41 assists to its 25 turnovers, while Isaiah Tisdale has seven assists to one turnover, Patrick Good has eight assists to two turnovers and Bo Hodges has 11 turnovers to four assists. 

FORBES’ JANUARY SUCCESS

When it comes to the month of January, head coach Steve Forbes has his Bucs playing stellar basketball … Since arriving at ETSU, Forbes’ teams have gone 34-7 (.829) in the month of January, while winning 24 of its last 26 games in January … The 34 wins during this span are tied for the fourth-most in the country only behind Vermont (37), Bucknell (36) and Belmont (35). 

SOCON WINS LEADER SINCE 2015-16

Since head coach Steve Forbes took over the reins in 2015-16, ETSU has won the most games in the Southern Conference with 61 victories … UNCG (59), Furman (56) and Wofford (55) are the other top win leaders in league play during this span. 

HOME SWEET HOME

ETSU has gone 62-11 (.849) inside Freedom Hall in the Forbes era, including a 13-3 mark last season and 11-0 record this year … The Bucs’ 11-0 start this year is the best open since the 2003-04 Bucs went 12-0. 

ABOUT CHATTANOOGA

Chattanooga has won three of its last four and enters Saturday’s game at 13-7 overall, 4-3 in SoCon play. 

The Mocs have made 44 threes over their last four games, including 17 made three-pointers in a 105-67 win  over Samford on Jan. 11 … The  17 made threes tied a program record. 

Three players are averaging double figures in scoring for the Mocs with Matt Ryan leading the way at 14.5 points per game … David Jean-Baptist is averaging 13.5 points and Ramon Vila is posting 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game … Ryan, a transfer from both Notre and Vanderbilt, and Jean-Baptist have accounted 83 of the 163 made three-pointers this season. 

Vila ranks 24th nationally in field-goal percentage (60.2), while Ryan’s 145 three-point attempts place him 43rd in the country. 

As a team, Chattanooga ranks third in the SoCon in scoring defense (66.3), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.435) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.310). 

The Mocs are 8-1 at home this season but have last six of their nine true road games. 

SERIES HISTORY

The Bucs have won the last eight meetings, but Chattanooga leads the all-time series, 47-41 … Only seven points separate the series with ETSU scoring 6,629 points to UTC’s 6,636 points; however, in the eight-game win streak, the Bucs have a plus-14.9 scoring margin … The Bucs’ last setback to the Mocs came in the 2016 SoCon Championship game where UTC won 73-67, while UTC’s last win in Johnson City came on Feb. 13, 2016 (76-68). 

MORE SERIES NOTES

The rivalry between the Buccaneers and Mocs is in many ways directly related to the similarities between the programs. Both teams’ successes have mirrored each other since their time in the SoCon … Overall, the teams have accounted for 53 overall championships (23 for ETSU), 32 regular season titles (including North Titles) with the Bucs winning 13, 21 NCAA appearances (10 by the Bucs), each program has one Sweet 16 appearance, 15 Players of the Year (10 by the Bucs) and 15 Coaches of the Year (8 by the Bucs) ... The teams have met six times in the SoCon Championship game with both teams winning three of them ... The most points scored by the Bucs against the Mocs was 104 in the win back in 1990-91, while UTC scored 107 in the victory back in 1973-74 ... Thirty-two of the previous 88 meetings have been decided by five points or less, including five by one point …  Meanwhile, the two teams have also met 16 times in the SoCon tournament – a high for both teams – with those games being split at eight, including the Bucs winning the last two. 

WHAT’S NEXT

ETSU continues its homestand on Wednesday night when the Bucs host Mercer at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. 

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