|January 16, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FUR|
|FG Percentage||.456 (26-57)||.518 (29-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (4-20)||.308 (8-26)|
|FT Percentage||.556 (10-18)||.800 (12-15)|
|Points||Serrel Smith Jr.
Vonnie Patterson - 13
David Sloan - 13
- 8||Clay Mounce
- 5||Noah Gurley
|Steals||Serrel Smith Jr.
Damari Monsanto - 2
- 1||Jalen Slawson
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 15, 2021) – After a two-week pause due to COVID, the ETSU men’s basketball team returns to action this Saturday as the Buccaneers gear up for a first-place showdown with Furman on Saturday. Tip-off for the ESPNU broadcast is set for 4 p.m. inside Timmons Arena.
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 3:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO
Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPNU as Roy Philpott and Noah Savage will be 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
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU enters Saturday’s battle for first place in the SoCon at 6-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play … The Bucs, who were put on pause from Jan. 4-12 due to a positive COVID-19 test, last played on Jan. 2 when ETSU defeated UNCG, 71-61 … Through their two league games this season, the Bucs have four players scoring in double figures, while seven players are averaging at least seven points per game.
WELCOME BACK BUCS
For the first time in two weeks, the Bucs will be back in action after having to put activities on pause following a positive COVID-19 case following their 71-61 win over UNCG on Jan. 2.
Due to being put on pause, ETSU was forced to postpone three games during that stretch – its Jan. 6 game vs. VMI, Jan. 9 at Wofford and Jan. 13 vs. Samford … The Bucs will now play VMI on Monday, Jan. 18, Samford on Feb. 1 and at Wofford on Feb. 15 … Starting on Saturday, the Bucs will play eight games over a 19-day stretch, while playing five games over a 12-day stretch from Jan. 23 thru Feb. 3 … Of the eight games over the 19 days, five will be played at home.
When it comes to the month of January, the Bucs play stellar basketball … Since 2015-16, the Blue and Gold have gone 36-8 (.818) in the month of January, while winning 26 of its last 29 games in January … The 36 wins during this span are tied for the seventh-most in the country only behind Vermont (42), Gonzaga, Winthrop, Belmont (39), Sam Houston State (38) and Bucknell (37) … The Bucs are tied with Cincinnati and Kentucky at 36.
SOCON WINS LEADER SINCE 2015-16
Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, ETSU has won the most games in the Southern Conference with 73 victories … Furman (69), UNCG (68) and Wofford (62) are the other top win leaders in league play during this span.
BUCS DOMINATE GLASS AT GREENSBORO
In the Bucs’ 71-61 win at UNCG on Jan. 2, the Blue and Gold dominated the glass as they outrebounded one of the top teams in the country by 17, 46-29 … ETSU also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and turned those into 22 second-chance points … The Bucs’ 16 offensive rebounds were the most by an ETSU team since grabbing 20 at Samford last Feb. 22.
SMITH’S SHARPSHOOTING HELPS SECURE BUCS WIN AT UNCG
Junior guard Serrel Smith’s career night helped guide the Bucs to a 71-61 road win at UNCG on Jan. 2 … Smith, who was 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, scored a career-high 16 points inside Greensboro Coliseum … Smith’s previous career high was 14 points against Ohio State back on Feb. 23, 2019 when he played at Maryland … In his three games prior the UNCG game, Smith scored 18 points on 4-of-14 shooting (1-of-6 from beyond the arc) … For the season, Smith has scored 70 points in 10 games, with his 16-point performance making up for 23 percent of his scoring output on the season.
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 1,045 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 1,110 games.
WINS VS. LOSSES
Through 10 games this season ETSU is 6-4 and 2-0 in SoCon play … In the Bucs’ six wins, the Blue and Gold are averaging 72.8 points, while holding opponents to 58.2 points … In ETSU’s four losses, the Bucs are just averaging 60.8 points and allowing 71.8 points … In the six wins, the Bucs have scored 108 points (18.0 per game) off turnovers and 75 second-chance points (12.5), while allowing just 66 points (11.0 per game) off turnovers and 44 second-chance points (7.3 per game) … However, in the setbacks, the Bucs are allowing 68 points off turnovers (17.0) and 55 second-chance points (13.8), while ETSU is only scoring 55 points off turnovers (13.8) and 29 second-chance points (7.2) in the losses … In the wins, the Bucs are forcing 108 turnovers, compared to just 84 by the Blue and Gold; however, in the losses, ETSU has only forced 55 turnovers and are coughing the ball up 77 times … ETSU is assisting on 55 percent of its 157 made field goals in the wins, compared only 46 percent in the losses (38 assists on 93 made field goals) … In the first half of the four ETSU losses, the Bucs are holding opponents to 32.0 points, along with a 37.3 shooting percentage and 32 percent clip from beyond the arc, but in the second half, opponents are averaging 39.8 points, while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three.
TRUE ROAD WINS
Since the start of the 2017-18 season, ETSU has registered 31 true road wins, which is tied for the fifth-most in Division I play … Vermont leads the country with 38, while Belmont has 36, Lipscomb has 33 and Hofstra has 32 … The Bucs are tied with UNCG and Furman at 31 … Since 2015-16, ETSU has 47 true road wins, which is tied for fifth-most in the country … Last year, ETSU won 11 true road games, joining the 2017-18 and 2003-04 teams to win 11 road games … ETSU’s 11 road wins were tied for the second-most in the country last season (Vermont had 12).
Furman, who is ranked No. 4 in the Mid-Major Top-25 Poll, carries a four-game win streak into Saturday’s game as the Paladins sit 9-3 overall and 3-0 in league play.
The Paladins are a perfect 6-0 at home this season and are 71-12 (.855) at home since the start of the 2015-16 season.
Furman boasts one of the top offenses in the country as they rank 10th nationally in field goal percentage (51.1), 11th in scoring offense (86.5), 13th in total assists (222), 15th in scoring margin (17.1) and 24th in three-pointers made (116) … The Paladins also rank 10th in total steals (114) and 36th in turnovers forced (16.75).
Individually, Furman has three players averaging over 15 points per game with Mike Bothwell leading the charge at 17.7 points per game … Clay Mounce is posting 16.2 points per game and Noah Gurley is at 15.4. Bothwell (tied for fifth) and Mounce (10th) both rank in the top-10 in the SoCon in scoring, while all three players are in the top-10 in field goal percentage … Bothwell also ranks second in the conference in steals per game (2.1), is tied for fourth in assists (4.0) and ranks ninth in free throw shooting (.765).
Furman was picked to win the SoCon by the media and selected second by the coaches.
Saturday marks the 62nd all-time meeting, with ETSU holding a 32-29 lead … The series has been tightly contested as 38 of the 61 games have been decided by nine points or less, 26 by five points or less, 20 by three points or less and five by one point … The Bucs have scored 4,641 points in the series, compared to Furman totaling 4,531, equating to a plus-1.8 scoring margin by the Blue and Gold … In the 26 games decided by five points or less, both teams have scored exactly 1,924 points.
Last season, both teams defended their home floor with Furman winning the first meeting 65-56 on Jan. 4, 2020, while the Bucs returned the favor with a 75-66 on Feb. 19 in front of a capacity crowd of 6,177 inside Freedom Hall … Since the Bucs returned to the league in 2014-15, neither team has swept the regular season series (last sweep was by ETSU in 1993-94; Furman's last sweep came in 1986-87) ... Furman owns a 16-10 record in games played in Greenville, while winning five of the last six and eight of the last 11 at home … The Bucs’ last win inside Timmons Arena was a 62-61 victory on Jan. 18, 2018, when senior guard and current Director of Player Development Desonta Bradford hit a floater in the lane with 4.5 seconds remaining.
ETSU heads home to host VMI Monday night at 7 p.m. … The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 6 but was postponed due to COVID.
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