January 02, 20211st2ndFinal
ETSU353671
UNC Greensboro332861
Stats at a GlanceETSUUNCG
FG Percentage.446 (25-56) .328 (19-58)
3P FG Percentage.467 (7-15) .333 (7-21)
FT Percentage.700 (14-20) .800 (16-20)
Offensive Rebounds1610
Defensive Rebounds3019
Total Rebounds4629
Turnovers189
Steals49
Bench Points1512
LeadersETSUUNCG
PointsBrewer - 18
Miller - 24
ReboundsAdheke - 11
Brewer - 11
Abdulsalam - 7
AssistsBrewer - 3
Langley - 3
Miller - 3
StealsBrewer - 2
Langley - 3
BlocksBrewer - 1
Koval - 4
Strong starts fuel Bucs to road win at UNCG, 71-61
Serrel Smith drains one of his three triples Saturday at UNCG (Photo credit: Carlos Morales, UNCG Athletics).
Strong starts fuel Bucs to road win at UNCG, 71-61
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Smith scores career-high 16 points, L. Brewer adds double-double

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Jan. 2, 2021) – The ETSU men’s basketball team parlayed strong starts in both halves to cash in a 10-point road win at UNCG, as the Buccaneers earned a 71-61 win over the Spartans on Saturday inside Greensboro Coliseum.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

The Bucs, who improved to 6-4, 2-0 in SoCon play, opened the game on an 18-8 run, while starting the second half on a 19-3 surge to lead by as many as 18 before securing the Bucs’ win in Greensboro for the second straight year.

ETSU outrebounded UNCG – one of the top rebounding teams in the country – by 17 (46-29) and turned 16 offensive rebounds into 22 second-chance points.

For the game, the Bucs shot 45 percent from the field (25-56) and 47 percent (7-15) from beyond the arc, while holding the Spartans to a 33 percent clip (19-58) overall as well as from three-point range (7-21). 

The Blue and Gold hit 70 percent at the charity stripe (14-20) and registered 26 points in the paint.

Despite allowing UNCG scoring the first two points of the contest, ETSU led for nearly 38 minutes of the game with the score knotted twice at 2-2 and 33-33.

UNCG had its four-game win streak snapped as the Spartans moved to 5-4, 0-1.  

TOP PERFORMERS

Junior guard Serrel Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.) scored a career-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting (3-of-4 from beyond the arc), while Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) notched his third career double-double – finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

Silas Adheke (Lagos, Nigeria) added nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds. 

Vonnie Patterson (Louisville, Ky.) scored seven points, grabbed three boards and dished out two assists, while also being a key factor defensively on reigning Player of the Year Isaiah Miller late in the contest.

Freshmen Truth Harris (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) knocked down a key three-pointer late in the first half as the Spartans made a run to pull within a point, while Richard Amaefule (London, England) had a clutch tip-in for his two points and grabbed four rebounds.

Miller led all players with 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, while the rest of UNCG’s team was held to 10-of-39 from the field. Miller had five turnovers to three assists and only one steal.

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS

Listen to head coach Jason Shay, Ledarrius Brewer and Serrel Smith's postgame interviews with “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos:  

GAME SUMMARY

First Half

The Bucs stormed out of the gates by scoring 10 of the first 12 points before extending their lead to 10 when a second-chance opportunity by Ledarrius Brewer made it 18-8 five minutes into the contest. From there, ETSU’s lead hovered around the 10-point threshold before a pullup jumper by Smith pushed the advantage to 14, 27-13, near the midway point of the frame. However, after hitting on 11 of its first 17 shot attempts, ETSU went cold and UNCG mounted a 15-2 run to clip its deficit to one, 29-28, with 3:39 remaining before the break. Following a Buccaneer timeout, Harris made his first appearance of the contest, and David Sloan (Louisville, Ky.) found the rookie guard wide open for a corner three to stop the spurt. The Spartans pulled even at 33 in the final seconds, but Sloan went the distance to end the half with a driving lay-up, making it 35-33 after 20 minutes of play.

Second Half

Just as they did in the first half, ETSU set the tone early in the second by scoring the first eight points and eventually turned that into a 19-3 run to go ahead by 18, 54-36, after Patterson grabbed an offensive board and kicked it out to Smith for a triple at the 10:47 mark. Patterson then followed with a three a minute later, but another shooting funk settled in as the Bucs were held without a field goal for the next seven minutes. Fortunately, the Blue and Gold got to the charity stripe as Ty Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) hit a pair and Adheke connected on three of four to keep the Spartans from inching closer. Finally, Smith’s third triple stopped the field goal drought which extended the lead back to 11, 65-54, with 2:47 remaining. The three-pointer proved to be the dagger as ETSU went on to win by 10.

UP NEXT

The Bucs return home to host VMI Wednesday night at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.