February 12, 20201st2ndFinal
The Citadel323567
ETSU385391
Stats at a GlanceCitETSU
FG Percentage.490 (24-49) .550 (33-60)
3P FG Percentage.417 (10-24) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.600 (9-15) .667 (16-24)
Offensive Rebounds111
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds2238
Turnovers148
Steals27
Bench Points2118
LeadersCitETSU
PointsAbee - 16
Williamson - 19
ReboundsWebster, Jr. - 5
N'Guessan - 9
AssistsClark - 3
Hodges - 6
StealsFitzgibbons - 1
Webster, Jr. - 1
Hodges - 2
BlocksClark - 2
Hodges - 1
Corley - 1
Tisdale - 1
N'Guessan - 1
Bucs set to host The Citadel Wednesday on Heroes' Day
Bucs set to host The Citadel Wednesday on Heroes' Day
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2020) – Following a perfect road swing, the ETSU men’s basketball team makes a quick return home to Freedom Hall as the Buccaneers host The Citadel on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. 

HEROES’ DAY PROMOTION 

Wednesday is our annual Heroes’ Day promotion and the ETSU Athletics Department would like to extend an invitation to attend the game FREE OF CHARGE to all service men and women, as well as the first responders. 

For ticket information, please contact the ETSU Ticket Office at 423-439-3878. 

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

MACON, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2020) – The Buccaneers didn’t have to wait long to get revenge.

After having its 12-game home win streak snapped 11 days ago against Mercer, the ETSU men’s basketball team was able to return the favor, as the Blue and Gold defeated the Bears 73-60 on Saturday inside Hawkins Arena. 

The short-handed Bucs had four players score in double figures as Daivien Williamson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) led the way with 16 points, four rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes. Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.) added 15 points, including a key second-half stretch where he netted six of seven points for the Bucs, along with totaling four assists, four steals and three  boards in 39 minutes. Despite fouling out after picking up three straight fouls in a 14-second stretch from the 12:43 to 12:29 mark, Bo Hodges (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Lucas N’Guessan (De Lier, Netherlands) registered his eighth straight game in double figures after totaling 13 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes of action. 

For the third straight game, ETSU posted a shooting clip of 50 percent or better as the Bucs went 24-for-48 on Saturday, along with going 20-of-28 (71%) at the free throw line. The Blue and Gold scored 18 points off 16 Mercer turnovers, while outscoring the Bears 23-5 in transition.

With the win, ETSU – playing without Jeremy Rodriguez (Santiago, Dominican Republic) for the ninth straight game and Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn.) not making the trip due to family matters – improved to 21-4, 10-2. The Bucs won for the fifth straight time in Macon and lead the all-time series, 24-9.

MORE ON THE MERCER GAME

  • Led by four Buccaneers scoring in double figures, ETSU defeated Mercer 73-60 on Saturday evening inside Hawkins Arena in Macon, Ga. … The Bucs have won five-in-a-row against the Bears in Macon and lead the all-time series, 24-9. 
  • ETSU held Mercer to 22 first-half points, marking the 15th time the Bucs kept an opponent under 30 points in the opening 20 minutes this season … The Blue and Gold are 15-0 when holding the opposition under that mark this year and 55-2 overall under Coach Forbes.
  • For the third straight game, ETSU shot 50 percent or better as the Bucs went 24-for-48 from the field … In the month of February, ETSU is 3-0, while shooting 53 percent (85-161) overall and 43 percent (23-54) from beyond the arc … The Bucs are averaging 78.3 points and holding the opposition to 63 points this month … For the season, ETSU is 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better and 66-3 when hitting the clip since 2015-16. 
  • ETSU improved to 10-0 when holding the opposition to 60 points or less this season, while the Bucs moved to 36-1 when allowing 60 points or less in the Coach Forbes era. 
  • The Bucs have now held 15 straight opponents below their season scoring average … ETSU is allowing 59 points per game during this stretch … Mercer’s 60 points was its fourth-lowest point total this year, while just the fifth time the Bears shot 25 percent or lower from beyond the arc. 
  • ETSU held Mercer without a field for four stretches of over three minutes, including an eight-minute stretch in the first half from the 11:45 to 3:46 mark … When combining all four stretches, the Bears were held without field goal for 18 minutes and 30 seconds on Saturday … In addition to the 8-minute stretch in the first half, the Bears didn’t make a field goal from the 17:40 to 14:40 mark of the first half, the 14:52 to 11:06 mark of the second half and final 3:44 of the game. 

BUCS’ BEST START SINCE…

Sitting at 21-4 on the season, ETSU is off to its best start since the 2017-18 season when ETSU opened 22-4 after tying the program record with 16 straight wins. 

FIVE STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASONS

The Bucs registered their fifth straight 20-win season following their 80-64 win over Chattanooga on Feb. 5, marking the first time in program history ETSU has posted five straight seasons of at least 20 wins … During this run of 20-win seasons, the Bucs have had a different player lead the team in scoring – Ge’Lawn Guyn with 18.6 points in 2015-16, T.J. Cromer at 19.1 points in 2016-17, Desonta Bradford with 15.4 points in 2017-18 and Tray Boyd III led the Bucs last year with 12.2 points per game ... The Bucs are the first SoCon team to reach this milestone since Davidson (2004-05 to 2008-09). 

HOME SWEET HOME

ETSU has gone 64-12 (.842) inside Freedom Hall in the Forbes era, including a 13-3 mark last season and 13-1 record this year … The Bucs won their first 12 games inside Freedom Hall to start the season, matching the best open since the 2003-04 Bucs went 12-0 … ETSU’s 13 wins are tied for the sixth-most in the country this season. 

BUCCANEERS AT HOME

In its 14 home games this season, ETSU is holding the opposition on to 57.9 points and limiting them to a 27.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (71-263) ... The Bucs are averaging 77.9 points and shooting 47 percent (382-810) from the field and outscoring the opposition on by 187 points in the first half (538-351) ... The Bucs also have a plus-6.6 turnover margin as the Blue and Gold are only averaging 11.1 turnovers with the opposition on turning the ball over 17.6 times per game ... ETSU is also averaging 4.6 blocks per game. 

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 1,026 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 1,095 games. 

WINS VS. LOSSES

ETSU is 21-4 through 25 games this season … In the Bucs’ 21 wins, the team is averaging 79.3 points, while holding opponents to 60.6 points … However, in the four setbacks, ETSU is averaging 60.5 points and allowing 72.2 … The Bucs are shooting 49 percent from the field, 36 percent from three (167-464) and 69 percent at the free throw line (325-474) in the wins; however, in the losses, ETSU is shooting 40 percent from the field, 25 percent from three (23-93) and 56 percent at the free throw line (33-59) … In the Bucs’ wins opponents are only scoring 10.7 points per game off turnovers, compared to 17.5 in the losses, while ETSU’s bench is averaging 30.4 points  in the wins and 23.8 in the losses … Individually, Tray Boyd III is shooting 42 percent (54-128) from three in the wins, but only hitting at a 23 percent clip (6-26) in the losses, while Patrick Good is shooting 38 percent from three (37-98) in the wins, compared to a 19 percent (5-26) in the losses. 

N’GUESSAN GETTING GOING

Senior center Lucas N’Guessan extended his streak of scoring in double figures to eight straight games … During this stretch, N’Guessan is averaging 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and shooting 67 percent from the field, along with knocking down two shots from beyond the arc … N’Guessan has totaled 37  points and 21 rebounds, while shooting 79 percent (15-19) over the last three games. 

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 65 victories … UNCG (63), Furman (60) and Wofford (58) are the other top win leaders in league play during this span. 

ABOUT THE CITADEL

The Bulldogs have dropped their last 12 games and enter Wednesday’s game at 6-17 overall, 0-12 in SoCon play. 

The Citadel has dropped nine of its 12 games away from home with the three wins coming against Southeast Missouri State, Marist and Longwood … The Longwood game was the Bulldogs’ last win, coming on Dec. 19, 2019. 

Kaiden Rice leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game, while he has knocked down a team-best 69 threes … Between Rice and Fletcher Abee, the duo has accounted for 129 of the Bulldogs’ 216 made threes … Rice leads the SoCon in threes made per game (3.0) and Abee is fourth (2.6). 

Tyson Batiste ranks third in the conference in assists (5.6) and assist/turnover ratio (2.0), while Kaelon Harris is fourth in rebounding (7.4).

The Citadel ranks third in the SoCon in scoring offense (77.0) and assists (15.2).

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU leads the all-time series 44-17, while winning nine of the last 11 meetings … Coach Forbes is 8-1 against the Bulldogs with a +15 scoring margin in those games (90.3-75.3) … ETSU faced The Citadel back on Dec. 4 in Charleston (71 days ago), with the Bucs winning 96-84 as Tray Boyd III and Jeromy Rodriguez accounted for 51 points … Boyd scored then a career-high 25 points (23 in the first half), while Rodriguez added 26 points and 16 rebounds … Rodriguez finished 13-of-15 from the field, marking the most made field goals by an ETSU player since Kevin Tiggs totaled 15 back on March 4, 2009 vs. Stetson … The Bucs shot 55 percent (36-65) from the field, 39 percent from three (9-23) and 71 percent at the free throw line (15-21) … Boyd accounted for five of the Bucs’ nine  made threes, while the Buccaneer bench outscored The  Citadel, 52-13 … ETSU was also plus-25 on the boards, 45-20, while totaling 25 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds.

WHAT’S NEXT

ETSU heads to Lexington, Va. to take on VMI Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside Cameron Hall.

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