|January 20, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||WCU|
|FG Percentage||.393 (22-56)||.296 (16-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.154 (4-26)|
|FT Percentage||.688 (11-16)||.632 (12-19)|
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2021) – Coming off a record-setting three-point performance on Monday, the ETSU men’s basketball team looks to carry the hot shooting into its midweek clash with the Western Carolina Catamounts. Wednesday’s tip-off is set for 4 p.m. inside the Ramsey Center.
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
Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ as Daniel Hooker and Jeff Bryson will be on the call; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO
Live stats will also be provided via SideArm Sports… Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices by clicking here
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU, who made a school-record 16 three-pointers in Monday’s 92-81 win over VMI, enters Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 7-5 and a SoCon mark of 3-1.
The Bucs have won six of their last eight games.
In four SoCon games this season, ETSU leads the conference in rebound margin (+6.7), ranks second in field goal percentage (.494) and three-point shooting (.411), and third in field goal percentage defense (.452).
Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) is averaging 20.7 points per game in three league games, which is tied for the fifth-highest mark in the SoCon … Brewer leads all SoCon players with 3.3 steals per game in league action, while he’s also tied for fifth in rebounding (7.7), ranks fifth in field goal percentage (.553) and sixth in three-point shooting (.476) … His brother Ty Brewer leads all SoCon players in three-point shooting (.615).
Starting last 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 … Wednesday marks the third game in the last five days for the Blue and Gold.
BUCS BREAK THREE-POINT RECORD
ETSU put on a three-point shooting clinic in Monday’s 92-81 win over VMI as the Bucs knocked down a school-record 16 triples … The Blue and Gold were 7-of-16 from beyond the arc in the first half before going 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from long range in the second stanza … Six different Bucs accounted for the 16 makes with Ledarrius Brewer hitting five, Serrel Smith and Damari Monsanto knocking down three, David Sloan and Ty Brewer each had two and Charlie Weber made his first three of the season in the first half … Damari Monsanto set the record when his three from the corner made it 86-76 with 1:34 remaining … Overall, ETSU shot a season-high 53.3 percent from 3-point range, while the Bucs became the fifth SoCon school this season to make at least 16 threes and shoot over 53 percent in a game (Wofford, Furman, Samford and Citadel) … In total, only 25 Division I programs this season have made at least 16 threes and shot over 53 percent from three … The last time ETSU shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc was last Feb. 1, when the Bucs connected on 56.3 percent (9-16) in the 82-65 win over UNCG … Overall, the Bucs have shot over 53 percent from beyond the arc 17 times since the start of the 2010-11 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 1,047 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 1,112 games.
LEDARRIUS NEARING THE 1,000-POINT MARK
Ledarrius Brewer is nearing the 1,000-point mark as he scored 811 points in 60 career games at Southeast Missouri State and has totaled 186 points in 11 games as Buccaneer … Brewer, who is three points shy of the 1,000-point club, has also made 146 three-pointers in his career.
MONSANTO’S MONSTER GAME
Red-shirt freshman guard Damari Monsanto collected his first collegiate double-double in Monday’s 92-81 win over VMI … Monsanto, who was 7-of-12 from the field, finished with 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 33 minutes of work … Monsanto’s 14 rebounds were just eight less than VMI’s team, his 11 defensive boards were six fewer than VMI and his three offensive rebounds were two shy of the Keydets’ five … Monsanto became the 45th Division I player to post at least 19 points and 14 rebounds in a game this season, while he’s the third SoCon player to do so (Xavier Cork of WCU and Hayden Brown did twice for Citadel).
MONSANTO MAKING MARK AS A STARTER
Since being inserted into the starting lineup back on Dec. 17, redshirt freshman guard Damari Monsanto has made his mark as a Buccaneer starter … Over this seven-game stretch, Monsanto is averaging 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting 45 percent (33-73) from the field, 36 percent (16-3845) from three and 86 percent from the free throw line (12-14) … Monsanto, who has scored in double figures in six of the seven contests, scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds at Alabama on Dec. 22 … The Buccaneer guard also knocked down a career-high six threes against the Crimson Tide … Monsanto had back-to-back 11-point performances in his first two starts against Columbia International and Lee University, while he scored 13 points against Western Carolina on Dec. 30 and netted 11 at Furman on Jan. 16 … In his last outing vs. VMI, Monsanto finished with 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds … In his first five games, Monsanto was averaging 5.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 24 percent (10-41) from the field, 18 percent from three (5-28) and didn’t attempt a free throw.
MORE ON MONSANTO JOINING THE STARTING LINEUP
Since Damari Monsanto joined the starting lineup seven games ago, he has not only found his offensive touch, but has given the team a spark as well … Prior to being entered as starter, the Bucs were averaging just 59.2 points per game, while shooting 36 percent from the field and 26 percent from three; however, with Monsanto joining the starting lineup, ETSU is averaging 77.4 points, while shooting 50 percent (198-400) from the field and 39 percent from three (61-157) … The Bucs have scored over 70 points four times during this stretch where they have won five of seven, while not hitting the 70-point mark in their first five games where they went 2-3.
BUCS BOUNCE BACK WELL
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Bucs have bounced back following a loss as ETSU is 34-7 in those contests (not including postseason games) ... In addition, ETSU has only had five occasions of losing two or more games during this run.
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 74 victories … Furman (70), UNCG (70) and Wofford (63) are the other top win leaders in league play during this span.
ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA
After winning seven of its first nine games to start the season, Western Carolina has dropped three straight games and sit at 7-5, 0-3.
The Catamounts are 3-0 at home this season.
Four of Western Carolina’s five losses have been by eight points or less, including a pair by two points.
The Catamounts are led by Mason Faulkner as he’s averaging 17.6 points per game, while Matt Halvorsen is adding 15.4 points and Xavier Cork is posting 15.0 points per game.
As a team, Western Carolina is averaging 82.3 points per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
ETSU leads the all-time series, 60-25, including winning 12 straight and 29 of the last 30 games with the lone setback coming in the 2015 SoCon Tournament (67-61)… The Bucs rallied to defeat Western Carolina 86-78 back on Dec. 30 in Johnson City – a win tonight would mark the 15th regular season sweep … ETSU has won 13 straight games in Cullowhee where the Bucs are 25-14 all-time against the Catamounts … ETSU is 33-8 all-time against the Catamounts in Johnson City, including winning 15 straight … ETSU’s last loss in Cullowhee, N.C., was on Jan. 26, 1998 (76-71)
… Forty-five games in the series have been decided by nine points or less with ETSU winning 28 of them … Twenty-three games have been decided by five points or less with Western Carolina going 13-10 in those contests … Fifteen games have been decided by three points or less with ETSU winning seven … The first ever meeting was won by Western Carolina, 43-41 in 1933-34, while ETSU’s first win came a year later – a 40-37 victory.
In the first meeting this season, the Brewer Brothers, Ty and Ledarrius, combined for 45 points on 18-of-24 shooting … Ty scored a season-high 24 points and Ledarrius added 21 … ETSU was down 38-33 at halftime with Ty and Ledarrius accounting for 27 points and were 11-of-13 from the field (rest of the team was 2-of-20) … In the second half, Western Carolina led 58-50 with 13:18 remaining, but the Bucs used a 17-4 run over a five-minute stretch to regain a 67-62 lead … The Blue and Gold never trailed and eventually led by as many as 10 (81-71) before holding on for the eight-point win in the SoCon opener.
The Bucs return home for four straight inside Freedom Hall beginning Saturday afternoon when ETSU hosts SoCon unbeaten Furman … Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
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