|January 23, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Furman||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.417 (25-60)||.444 (24-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.258 (8-31)||.417 (10-24)|
|FT Percentage||.571 (4-7)||.722 (13-18)|
Bothwell - 1
Gurley - 1
Mounce - 1
- 1||Smith Jr.
Patterson - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2021) – For the second straight weekend, ETSU and Furman will meet in a key Southern Conference showdown.
A week after suffering a 12-point setback to the Paladins in Greenville, the Buccaneers will look to return the favor, as the two 4-1 SoCon teams meet inside Freedom Hall Saturday at 4 p.m.
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 streamed live on ESPN+ as Mike Gallagher and Bruce Tranbarger 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
REDUCED CAPACITY INSIDE FREEDOM HALL
The East Tennessee State University Department of Athletics, in consultation with ETSU leadership, is having reduced capacity within Freedom Hall and Brooks Gym for ETSU Basketball games. All qualifying season ticket holders are reminded to download their digital tickets for entry into basketball games this season. With the coronavirus limiting seating capacity inside both basketball venues, there will not be any single-game tickets available on gamedays.
For the second time this season, ETSU is wearing its all gold uniforms on Saturday. The qualifying season ticket holders who can attend the game are encouraged to wear gold ETSU apparel, while those who cannot attend the game should tweet their photos to @ETSU_MBB and @ETSUAthletics using #GoldOut to show their support for the Bucs.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU (8-5, 4-1), who is coming off a 59-48 road win at Western Carolina on Saturday, carries a five-game home win streak into Saturday’s contest.
HOME SWEET HOME
ETSU has gone 72-13 (.847) inside Freedom Hall since the start of the 2015-16 season, including a 5-1 mark this year and a 16-1 record last year … Last season, 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 16 wins were tied for the ninth-most in the country last season as Rutgers led all teams with 18 and a group of seven schools (Gonzaga, Wichita State, Creighton, Oregon, Liberty and Louisville) were tied with 17 … The 16 home wins by the Bucs were also the most in program history in the modern era (since 1960).
ETSU, FURMAN MEET FOR SECOND TIME IN A WEEK
ETSU and Furman will meet for the second time in a week as the Paladins won 78-66 last Saturday in Greenville, S.C. … The two contests were part of the original SoCon schedule, however, due to COVID rescheduling, the Bucs will wrap up their second straight SoCon series (Western Carolina & Furman) before playing Chattanooga (Jan. 27), The Citadel (Jan. 30), Samford (Feb. 1), Mercer (Feb. 3) and Wofford (Feb. 13) once.
When it comes to the month of January, the Bucs play stellar basketball … Since 2015-16, the Blue and Gold have gone 38-9 (.809) in the month of January, while winning 28 of its last 32 games in January … The 38 wins during this span are the seventh-most in the country only behind Vermont (44), Winthrop (43), Belmont (42), Gonzaga (41), Sam Houston State (40) and Bucknell (39).
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 75 victories … Furman (70), UNCG (70) and Wofford (63) are the other top win leaders in league play during this span.
ETSU IN SOCON PLAY...
In five SoCon games this season, ETSU leads the conference in rebound margin (+6.4), ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.422) and scoring defense (69.2), ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (.383), three-point field goal percentage defense (.317) and scoring margin (+5.6) ... Ledarrius Brewer is averaging 19.3 points per game in three league games, which ranks seventh in the SoCon … Brewer ranks second with 2.8 steals per game in league action, while ranks fifth in field goal percentage (.532), sixth in threes made (2.8) and is tied for 10th in three-point shooting (.423) … His brother Ty Brewer leads all SoCon players in three-point shooting (.571), while Silas Adheke leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.6) and Damari Monsanto is fourth in rebounding (8.6).
MONSANTO THE REBOUNDING MACHINE
Damari Monsanto has been a beast on the boards as he’s totaled 27 rebounds over the last two games – 14 vs. VMI and 13 at Western Carolina … In his four game prior to these two games, Monsanto totaled 25 rebounds … Overall, Monsanto has grabbed at least five rebounds in 11 of the 13 games played this season and has seven or more rebounds in five games … Monsanto ranks fourth in conference with 8.6 rebounds in SoCon only games and is tied for fifth in the league in overall rebounding (7.1) … His 14-rebound game is the fifth-highest by a SoCon player this season and tied for the most in a SoCon 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 1,048 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 1,113 games.
LEDARRIUS BREWER’S 3-POINT STREAK
After going 0-for-3 from beyond the arc in the season opener, Ledarrius Brewer has made at least one three pointer in his last 11 games played … Overall, Brewer has made at least one three pointer in 62 of his 72 games played and has made multiple treys in 40 career games … Brewer has made at least one field goal in 71 of his 72 games played and scored points in 71 contests … Brewer has made at least one field goal in 61 straight games.
Furman, 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the Southern Conference, is ranked No. 4 in this week's College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 and a SoCon-best No. 62 in the latest NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings.
The Paladins fell out of first place in the league standings and had their five-game winning streak snapped with a 74-73 loss at VMI on Wednesday night. Alex Hunter converted on three free throw attempts with 9.1 seconds left to knot the game at 73-73, but Trey Bonham drew a foul with 3.2 left and connected on the first of his two trips to the line to lift the Keydets to the win.
Furman has not lost back-to-back games in SoCon play since falling to UNCG and Wofford on the road in January of 2019.
The Paladins, who are averaging 84.9 points and shooting 50 percent from the field, have three players scoring in double figures this season … Furman is led by Mike Bothwell’s 18.4 points per game, while Clay Mounce is posting 15.0 points and Noah Gurley is averaging 14.1 points per game … Bothwell scored a career-high 32 points in last Saturday’s win over Bucs; however, Gurley was held scoreless for the first time in 55 games.
Furman ranks eighth in the country in steals (131), 12th in scoring offense (84.9) and total assists (254), 18th in scoring margin (15.4), 20th in three-pointers made (136) and 21st in field goal percentage (49.9).
Saturday marks the 63rd all-time meeting, with ETSU holding a 32-30 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 4,707 points in the series, compared to Furman totaling 4,609, equating to a plus-1.6 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.
Furman won the first meeting one week ago as the Paladins handed 78-66 decision in Greenville … 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).
Saturday is the 29th meeting played in Johnson City with ETSU going 17-12 in those contests, including winning six of the last seven and seven of the last 10.
The Bucs continue their homestand on Wednesday as ETSU takes on Chattanooga at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.
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