|February 03, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||Mercer|
|FG Percentage||.509 (28-55)||.462 (24-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.533 (8-15)||.615 (8-13)|
Monsanto - 10
- 2||Ayers III
Haase - 1
MACON, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2021) – The ETSU men’s basketball team continues its NBA-style schedule again Wednesday night as the Buccaneers look to bounce back against Mercer. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Hawkins 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 6:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO
Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ as Frank Malloy and Sybil Blalock 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
A WIN ON WEDNESDAY WOULD…
An ETSU win tonight would mark the Bucs’ 1,393rd win in program history … The Bucs would move to 11-6 on the season and 7-2 in SoCon play.
After playing four games over an eight-day stretch from Jan. 16-Jan. 23, the Bucs repeated the stretch again starting with last Saturday’s game vs. The Citadel and ending with this Saturday’s vs. Chattanooga … Sandwiched between those two game are the road contests at Wofford on Monday and tonight at Mercer … The Bucs, who are playing their third game in five days, will play five games over a 12-day stretch from Jan. 30-Jan. 10.
BUCS CRACK MID-MAJOR TOP 25
After not receiving votes last week, the ETSU men’s basketball team made a huge leap in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll as the Bucs were ranked No. 19 in the latest poll on Monday … ETSU was one of four SoCon schools in the Top 25 – No. 9 Furman, No. 21 UNCG and No. 24 Wofford.
MONSANTO NAMED SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ETSU redshirt freshman guard Damari Monsanto was named Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week presented by GEICO, announced the league office on Tuesday … Monsanto averaged a double-double in the two games for the Blue and Gold as he totaled 22.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 57 percent from beyond the arc … Monsanto finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds in the 112-84 win over The Citadel and scored a career-high 24 points in the loss at Wofford on Monday … This marked Monsanto’s first weekly honor of his career and it was the first by an ETSU player this season.
After going a perfect 9-0 in the month of February last year, ETSU suffered its first loss in its first game played in the month this year with the 67-62 setback at Wofford on Monday night … It had been 708 days between losses in the month of February as the Bucs’ last loss in February prior to Monday night was a 60-59 decision at UNCG on Feb. 24, 2019.
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.
Mercer sits at 10-6 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
The Bears have dropped their last two contests, but have won six of their seven games inside Hawkins Arena this season.
Mercer has five players scoring in double figures this season with Ross Cummings pacing the team at 15.7 points per game … South Carolina transfer Felipe Hasse is posting 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30.9 minutes of play, while Fairfield transfer Neftali Alvarez is averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 assists … Leon Ayers III (12.7 ppg) and West Virginia transfer Maciej Bender (11.4 ppg) are the other two Mercer players scoring in double figures.
The Bears are averaging 79.8 points per game and are one of the top assist teams in the league at 17.3 per contest … Mercer is giving up 74.2 points.
Mercer started the season 6-0 with wins over Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Georgia Southern.
ETSU, who had its 10-game win streak over Mercer snapped last January in Johnson City, still leads the all-time series, 24-9 … Prior to the 71-55 setback on Jan. 29, 2020, the Bucs’ last loss to Mercer was on Feb. 28, 2015 (69-64), which is the last time ETSU lost in Macon … Overall, the Bucs are 10-5 in games played in Macon, including winning the last five contests … Of the 10 wins at Mercer, one includes the 72-66 win in the 2010 ASUN Championship game inside Hawkins Arena.
ETSU returns home to take on in-state conference rival Chattanooga this Saturday at 4 p.m.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.