|December 15, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||GW||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.385 (20-52)||.367 (22-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.393 (11-28)||.294 (10-34)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (9-13)||.733 (11-15)|
Amaefule - 6
TEAM - 6
Falko - 3
Lynott - 3
Brewer - 1
Brewer - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 14, 2020) – From one North Carolina team to another.
Originally scheduled to take on North Carolina A&T, the ETSU men’s basketball team will now host Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. On Sunday, North Carolina A&T backed out of Tuesday’s game with the Bucs, forcing ETSU to find another opponent.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE BUCS
Fans can follow all of the action live on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster as “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will provide the radio call, beginning with the Atmos Energy Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO
Tuesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Mike Gallagher and Bruce Tranbarger on the call; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO
Live stats will also be provided via StatBroadcast… Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices by clicking here
ETSU SUSPENDS ATTENDANCE AT ATHLETIC EVENTS THROUGH DEC. 27
Following consultation with local health care experts and elected officials, East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland has announced that no spectators will be allowed at ETSU athletic events, including those hosted at the University School, effective through Dec. 27. At that time, ETSU will evaluate regional data respective to the COVID-19 pandemic in making a decision about future events.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU (1-3) is looking to bounce back following a 65-61 home loss to UAB on Saturday night.
Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) and Silas Adheke (Lagos, Nigeria) combined for 28 points and 20 rebounds against UAB, but shooting woes continued to be the Bucs’ demise. ETSU shot 36.4 percent from the field and 60.9 percent at the free throw line in the setback to the Blazers.
For just the third time since the start of the 2015-16 season, ETSU lost when holding the opposition to 30 points or less after the Blue and Gold held UAB to 22 first-half points. Overall, the Bucs are 58-3 over the past five-plus seasons when holding opponents to 30 points or less in the first half.
As a team, ETSU ranks 29th nationally in field goal percentage defense (36.5), 47th in scoring defense (61.2) and 49th in turnovers forced (17.5).
The Bucs have allowed 245 points through the first four games, marking the sixth-lowest point by a Buccaneer team through four games since the start of the 1955-56 season. In addition, it’s also the fewest points allowed by an ETSU team through the first four games to only Division I opponents through that same span.
ETSU has an .838 (67-13) home win percentage since the start of the 2015-16 season.
Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 1,039 consecutive games. ETSU was 0-for-8 in that 1987 game. The Bucs currently have the fifth-longest streak in the NCAA, with UNLV topping the list with 1,107 games.
The Bucs will be wearing their all gold uniforms for the first time on Tuesday night. The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is asking Buccaneer fans to show their school spirit by tweeting photos wearing your gold ETSU apparel during the day on Tuesday to @ETSU_MBB.
Gardner-Webb opened its season last week with back-to-back losses at Western Kentucky (86-84) and Pittsburgh (67-50).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the Big South Preseason Poll, while senior point guard Jaheam Cornwall and sophomore forward Kareem Reid earned Preseason Big South honors. Cornwall, who leads the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game, earned honorable mention All-Big South honors last season after he posted 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Reid has scored 14 points and nine rebounds, while making six of his 12 shot attempts in his first two games this season
Sophomore guard Lance Terry, a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com and the No. 28 point guard among the Class of 2019, is averaging 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from beyond the arc (7-12).
As a team, Gardner-Webb is averaging 67.0 points and shooting 41 percent (50-122) from field, while being out-rebounded by 10.5 (48.0-37.5).
Gardner-Webb holds a slight 4-3 advantage in the series as the two programs are former Atlantic Sun Conference members. The Runnin’ Bulldogs have won the last two meetings – the most-recent a 96-70 decision back on Feb. 28, 2008. The Bucs swept the 2007 series with a 63-61 win on Feb. 2 and a 66-63 victory on Jan. 7. Brad Nuckles, a 1,000-point scorer, scored a career-high 31 points on 15 made field goals in the Jan. 7, 2007 win. The 15 made field goals are tied for the fifth-most in ETSU single-game history. ETSU won the first ever meeting between the two teams, 89-66, back on Jan. 9, 2006.
The Bucs’ next scheduled game is on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Alabama. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.