January 30, 20211st2ndFinal
The Citadel434184
ETSU5062112
Stats at a GlanceCitETSU
FG Percentage.538 (28-52) .536 (37-69)
3P FG Percentage.423 (11-26) .522 (12-23)
FT Percentage.567 (17-30) .867 (26-30)
Offensive Rebounds716
Defensive Rebounds1926
Total Rebounds2642
Turnovers166
Steals310
Bench Points2242
LeadersCitETSU
PointsBrown - 21
Smith Jr. - 21
ReboundsBrown - 8
Monsanto - 13
AssistsClark - 6
Sloan - 6
StealsClark - 1
Moffe - 1
Webster, Jr. - 1
Sloan - 2
Brewer - 2
BlocksClark - 4
League-leading Bucs wrap up homestand Saturday against The Citadel
League-leading Bucs wrap up homestand Saturday against The Citadel
Friday, January 29, 2021

ETSU puts six-game home win streak on the line

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 29, 2021) – After moving into sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference standings on Wednesday night, the ETSU men’s basketball team will look to keep its momentum going when the Buccaneers host The Citadel Saturday. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. 

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 

Follow Buccaneer basketball on Twitter @ETSU_MBB and on Instagram @etsubasketball 

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.   

ABOUT THE BUCS

  • The Bucs carry a six-game home win streak into Saturday’s home tilt with The Citadel. 
  • ETSU, who moved into sole possession of first place in the SoCon standings on Wednesday night, sit 9-5 overall and 5-1 in SoCon play.
  • The Bucs have been idle since defeating Furman 71-62 last Saturday inside Freedom Hall … ETSU was scheduled to play Chattanooga on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 testing within the Mocs' program. 
  • The Bucs are set to have another four-game stretch over an eight-day period starting Saturday. 
  • ETSU ranks 32nd nationally in field goal percentage defense (39.5). 
  • Redshirt junior guard Leddarius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) was named to the Lou Henson Award Watch List earlier this week … The award will be given to the top Mid-Major Player at the end of the season. 

NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING

Ten Buccaneer newcomers this season have accounted for 91% of their scoring and 82% of our rebounding … Overall, ETSU has 12 newcomers on its roster … The 12 newcomers are tied for the most by any Division I team this season (Arkansas also brought in 12), while the Bucs’ three letterwinners that returned this year are tied for the second-fewest (Kentucky had 2).

SHAY SEEING SUCCESS IN YEAR ONE

Jason Shay is one of 17 first year head coaches in NCAA Division I ... Shay's nine overall wins are  tied for the second-most (Georgia Southern's Brian Burg, 10), while his five conference wins are tied for the most among first-year head coaches ... Meanwhile, there are 29 head coaches in the first year of their new program and Shay's nine overall wins are tied for the sixth-most and his conference wins are tied for the second-most.

HOME SWEET HOME

ETSU has gone 73-13 (.849) inside Freedom Hall since the start of the 2015-16 season, including a 6-1 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).

JANUARY SUCCESS

When it comes to the month of January, the Bucs play stellar basketball … Since 2015-16, the Blue and Gold have gone 39-9 (.813) in the month of January, while winning 29 of its last 33 games in January … The 39 wins during this span are tied for the sixth-most in the country only behind Vermont (44), Winthrop (43), Belmont (43), Gonzaga (42), Sam Houston State (41).

CRUNCH TIME

Here’s a breakdown of the Bucs’ wins/losses stats in the final five minutes of those contest … In the final five minutes of the Bucs’ wins, ETSU is shooting 74 percent at the free throw line (50-68), while shooting 56 percent (27-48) from the field and 53 percent from three (10-19), while opponents are shooting 33 percent (25-777) from the field, 24 percent from three (9-38) and 68 percent at the charity stripe (27-40) … Serrel Smith is perfect 4-of-4 from three and 6-of-6 at the free throw in the final five minutes of ETSU’s wins, while Damari Monsanto has also made all six of his free throw attempts … In the final five minutes of the losses, ETSU is shooting 58 percent at the free throw line (11-19), while shooting 32 percent (12-38) from the field and 24 percent from three (5-21), while opponents are  shooting 58 percent from the  field (22-38), 47 percent from three (8-17) … Ironically, ETSU has 18 turnovers in the final five minutes of the wins, compared to only  nine in the losses, while the Bucs’ defense has forced 13 in the wins and five in the losses. 

SLOAN SLINGING OUT ASSISTS

Over his last four games, senior point guard has dished out 21 of ETSU’s 49 assists … Sloan, who’s averaging 5.3 assists during this stretch, has totaled five assists in three games during this run and six in the win over VMI on Jan. 18.

MONSANTO JOINS RARE GROUP VS. FURMAN

In last Saturday’s win over Furman, redshirt freshman guard Damari Monsanto finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 75 percent from beyond the arc (6-of-8) … Monsanto, who is just one of eight players this season to score at least 22 points, grab eight rebounds and shoot 75% from beyond the arc, is only one of 43 players to accomplish the feat since the start of the 2017-18 season … Overall, 58 players this season have scored at least 22 points, made six threes and shot 75% or better from 3-point range, with five of those players coming from the SoCon – Monsanto, Greg Parham (29pts, 7 3PT FGM, 88% vs. Wofford), David Jean-Baptiste (22pts, 6 3PT FGM, 75% vs. Samford), Mike Bothwell (26pts, 6 3PT FGM, 75% vs. College of Charleston and Matt Halvorsen (23pts, 7 3PT FGM, 78% vs. NC A&T). 

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 1,049 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 1,115 games.

ABOUT THE CITADEL  

  • The Citadel, who won its first eight games of the season to mark the best start since the 1919-20 season, enters Saturday’s game at 9-4 overall and 2-4 in SoCon play. 
  • The Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 77-69 win over Wofford on Wednesday night in Charleston … Kaiden Rice scored a game-high 21 points, while Hayden Brown added 16 points and 14 rebounds … As a team, The Citadel knocked down 14 three-pointers and outscored Wofford in the second half by 12, 39-27. 
  • Brown leads the team in scoring (21.0), rebounding (10.3), steals (11) and free throws made (64) … Brown also leads all SoCon players in scoring and rebounding. 
  • As a team, the Bulldogs lead the SoCon in scoring offense (88.2), three-point field goal percentage (.415), three-point field goal percentage defense (.299), blocked shots (4.8) and three-pointers made per game (13.2). 
  • The Bulldogs are 8-2 at home this season and have dropped two of three on the road.   

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU leads the all-time series 45-17, while winning the last four and 10 of the last 12 meetings … The Bucs have won 23 of the last 30 meetings in Johnson City, including six straight from Jan. 15, 1990 to Jan. 30, 1995 … The last time the two teams played on this date was in 1995 when the Bucs won 76-58 … Wes Stallings scored 35 points against the Bulldogs back on Jan. 15, 1986, while he also made 17 field goals … Last season Jeromy Rodriguez was 13-of-15 from the field en route to finishing with 26 points and 16 rebounds in the 96-84 road win on Dec. 4, 2019 … The 13 made field goals were the most by a Buccaneer player since Kevin Tiggs recorded 15 back on March 4, 2009 vs. Stetson … Keith “Mister” Jennings dished out 18 assists (tied for the second-most in program history) back in 1990-91 against the Bulldogs. 

WHAT'S NEXT?

The Bucs hit the road for two straight games beginning Monday night at Wofford. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Richardson Indoor Stadium. 

For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.