February 01, 20211st2ndFinal
ETSU313162
Wofford303767
Stats at a GlanceETSUWOF
FG Percentage.404 (23-57) .510 (25-49)
3P FG Percentage.355 (11-31) .429 (12-28)
FT Percentage.833 (5-6) .625 (5-8)
Offensive Rebounds149
Defensive Rebounds1821
Total Rebounds3230
Turnovers1516
Steals97
Bench Points1410
LeadersETSUWOF
PointsMonsanto - 24
Murphy - 19
ReboundsMonsanto - 8
TEAM - 6
AssistsSloan - 5
Larson - 3
StealsSmith Jr. - 2
Sloan - 2
Patterson - 2
Brewer - 2
Hollowell - 2
BlocksAdheke - 1
ETSU, Wofford meet in critical SoCon matchup Monday night
ETSU, Wofford meet in critical SoCon matchup Monday night
Sunday, January 31, 2021

League-leading Bucs have one-game lead over Terriers in SoCon standings

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 31, 2021) – When ETSU and Wofford meet Monday night in Spartanburg, S.C., it won’t only mark a rematch of last year’s Southern Conference Championship game, but it’ll pin the top two teams in the conference race. 

The Bucs enter Monday’s critical conference meeting atop the SoCon standings at 6-1, while Wofford is tied for second place with UNCG at 7-2. Between ETSU and Wofford, these programs have combined to play in the last seven SoCon title games with the Terriers winning three and the Bucs claiming two titles. 

Monday’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. inside Richardson Indoor Stadium. 

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 6:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO 

Monday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ as Jim Noble and Thom Henson 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 

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

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU has won four straight games and enters Monday’s game at 10-5 overall, 6-1 in SoCon play. 

The Bucs are coming off a  112-84 win over The Citadel on Saturday where five players scored  in double figures, including Serrel Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) and Damari Monsanto (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) all netting 20-point games … Smith scored a career-high 21 points, Brewer posted 20 and Monsanto added 20 points and 13 rebounds.  

Monday marks the first of a two-game road swing as the Bucs will depart Spartanburg, S.C. for Macon, Ga., as ETSU faces Mercer Wednesday night at 7 p.m. 

STREAKING

ETSU carries a four-game win streak into Monday’s road game at Wofford … During this four-game run, ETSU is averaging 83.5 points, shooting 49 percent from the field, 45 percent from three and 79 percent at the free throw line … The Bucs, who have a +14.8 scoring margin during  this stretch, are +11.0 on the glass and have four players scoring in double figures … Ledarrius Brewer is averaging 18.8 points, while Damari Monsanto is posting 17.5 points and 12.0 rebounds, along with shooting 52 percent (25-48) and 48 percent from three (12-25) … David Sloan is posting 12.3 points and 5.5 assists, while Ty Brewer is averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds (also shooting 59.3 percent) … As a team, the Bucs have totaled 63 points off turnovers, 56 second-chance points, 126 points in the paint and 115 bench points during this win streak … ETSU’s bench is plus-78 over the last four games, while the Bucs are plus-27 in second-chance scoring and plus-19 in points off turnovers. 

FEBRUARY FRENZY

Last season, ETSU went a perfect 9-0 in the month of February, becoming just one of seven programs to go undefeated in the month … The other teams to go unbeaten in February were: Belmont, BYU, Dayton,  Kansas, New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin … The last time ETSU lost in February was on Feb. 24, 2019 when the Bucs fell at UNCG, 60-59 … It’s been 708 days since the Blue and Gold lost in the month of February. 

ETSU IN SOCON PLAY...

In seven SoCon games this season, ETSU leads the conference in rebound margin (+8.0) and three-point percentage (.409), ranks second in scoring margin (+9.3), field goal percentage defense (.437), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.322) and scoring defense (70.3),... Ledarrius Brewer is averaging 19.0 points per game in six league games, which ranks sixth in the SoCon … Brewer ranks third with 2.2 steals per game in league action, while rankinig fourth in field goal percentage (.512), sixth in threes made (2.7) and is seventh in three-point shooting (.421) … David Sloan leads all players in assists (4.7), Silas Adheke ranks second in the league in offensive rebounds (3.3) and is eighth in total rebounding (6.9), and Damari Monsanto is second in rebounding (9.1). 

TRUE ROAD WINS

Since the start of the 2017-18 season, ETSU has registered 32 true road wins, which ranks seventh-most in Division I play … Belmont leads the country with 40, while Vermont has 38, UNCG and Hofstra have 34, and Lipscomb and Gonzaga each have 33 … Since 2015-16, ETSU has 48 true road wins, which ranks seventh 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). 

SMITH ENJOYING 2021

Junior guard Serrel Smith was glad to turn the page on 2020 and ring in 2021 …  In six games in 2021, Smith is averaging 11.2 points, while shooting 51 percent (24-47) from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc  (9-21) … Smith has already broken his career-high in scoring twice in 2021 – first with his 16-point effort  at UNCG on Jan. 2 and followed that up with 21 points vs.  The Citadel on Jan. 30 … In nine games from Nov.-Dec., Smith averaged 6.0 points, while he shot 28 percent (15-53) and 17 percent from three (4-23) … Smith scored in double figures once (11 pts vs. Columbia  International) during that stretch, while totaling four in the six games in 2021.

BUC TRIO ACCOMPLISH RARE FEAT

Serrel Smith, Ledarrius Brewer and Damari Monsanto accomplished a rare feat in Saturday’s 112-84 win over The Citadel … The Buccaneer trio all scored at least 20 points with Smith netting a career-high 21 points, while Brewer and Monsanto each posted 20-point performances … The last time ETSU saw three players score 20 points in the same game was back on Feb. 19, 2011 at Lipscomb when Micah Williams (27 points), Isiah Brown (22 points) and Justin Tubbs (20 points) did so in the 102-95 double-overtime win. 

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 1,050 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. 

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 13 games played … Overall, Brewer has made at least one three pointer in 64 of his 74 games played and has made multiple treys in 42 career games … Brewer has made at least one field goal in 73 of his 74 games played and scored points in 73 contests … Brewer has made at least one field goal in 63 straight games. 

ABOUT WOFFORD

Wofford has won five of its last six and enters Monday’s contest at 10-5 overall and 7-2 in SoCon play. 

The Terriers are coming off a  72-69 win over Mercer on Saturday in Spartanburg … Tray Hollowell scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting (4-8 from three), while Ryan Larson and Messiah Jones each scored 12 points. 

Wofford has won six of its seven home games this season with the lone setback being an  84-75 decision to UNCG on Jan. 6 … Since the 2018-19 season, the Terriers are 31-7 inside Richardson Indoor Stadium. 

The Terriers are led by senior guard Storm Murphy as he’s averaging 19.1 points per game, while he and Hollowell have combined for 86 of Wofford’s 157 made threes … Murphy leads the team with 44 and Hollowell has totaled 42 triples. 

As a team, Wofford is averaging 76.7 points per game and allowing 67.1, while holding the opposition to 33 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU leads the all-time series, 38-14 … The Bucs won all three games a year ago, including the 72-58 win in the SoCon Championship game … The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 meetings … Last season marked the first time ETSU defeated Wofford twice in the same year since 2003 when ETSU won the regular season meeting 81-61 in Spartanburg, while claiming an 80-75 win in the SoCon Tournament … It was also the first time ETSU won two regular season games against Wofford in the same season since 1996-97 when the Bucs won 72-68 on Dec. 17, 1996 and again on Jan. 25, 1997 (67-60) in a non-conference series … The Bucs are 7-7 all-time in games played in Spartanburg, but ETSU has dropped five of the last seven meetings at Wofford … The last time ETSU won back-to-back games at Wofford was in 2000-01 (W, 66-65) and  2002-03 (W, 81-61) … The last time the Bucs won four straight in the series was when they posted 10 straight wins from 1996-97 – 2003-04.

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the have split the last 12 meetings with only three points separating both teams – 839 to 836 in favor of Wofford … The Bucs have made four more field goals during this stretch, 292-288; however, the Terriers are plus-10 in made threes (98-88) … Wofford has made one more free throw than the Blue and Gold, 165 to 164, with ETSU shooting 71.6 percent at the line and Wofford going 71.4 percent.

WHAT'S NEXT?

ETSU wraps up the quick two-game road swing Wednesday night at Mercer … Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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