|February 17, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Mercer||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.553 (26-47)||.462 (24-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (10-20)||.417 (10-24)|
|FT Percentage||.900 (9-10)||.750 (6-8)|
- 19||Smith Jr.
Brewer - 16
Weber - 4
TEAM - 4
Cummings - 5
Haase - 2
Alvarez - 1
Haase - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 16, 2021) – Playing its third game in five days, the ETSU men’s basketball team faces a quick turnaround as the Bucs host Mercer Wednesday night inside Freedom Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 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 6:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO
Wednesday’s game will be televised locally on ABC Tri-Cities and video streamed live on ESPN+ as Kenny Hawkins and Kasey Marler 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.
ABOUT THE BUCS
The Bucs, who are playing their third game in five days and are in their third stretch of the season of playing four games in an eight-day period, enter Wednesday’s game at 12-9 overall and 8-5 in SoCon play.
The Blue and Gold are coming off a heartbreaking 53-51 setback to Chattanooga on Monday night where Damari Monsanto (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) made the go-ahead three-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining before it was waived off as ETSU’s bench was charged with a timeout. Following the stoppage of play, Monsanto got another solid look at a game-winning three, however, his shot from the top of the key hit the back of the rim as time expired.
Redshirt junior Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) led all players with 19 points on Monday night, marking the 60th career game where he scored in double figures.
HOME SWEET HOME
ETSU has gone 77-14 (.846) inside Freedom Hall since the start of the 2015-16 season, including an 8-2 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).
BUCS BOUNCE BACK WELL
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Bucs have bounced back following a loss as ETSU is 36-8 in those contests (not including postseason games) ... In addition, ETSU has only had six occasions of losing two or more games during this run.
BUCS REMAIN IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR POLL
For the third straight week, the Bucs have been ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 … ETSU, who cracked the polls at No. 19 on Feb. 1, dropped to No. 23 last week and moved to No. 25 in the last poll this past Monday … ETSU is one of three SoCon schools in the Top 25 – No. 15 UNCG and No. 16 Furman.
CLOSE CALLS WITH CHATTANOOGA
ETSU suffered a pair of two-point losses to Chattanooga this season, marking the first time the Mocs swept the Bucs since 2015-16 … The last time the two teams played back-to-back games decided by two points was on March 4, 1995 (69-71) and Feb. 7, 1996 (73-75) … The last time the teams played back-to-back games decided by one possession in the same year was in 1989 when Chattanooga won 74-73 on Feb. 4, 1989 before the Bucs returned the favor with a 76-73 win on March 4 in the SoCon semifinal … ETSU went on to defeat Marshall in the SoCon Championship, 96-73.
In its 12 wins this season, ETSU has faced a second-half deficit eight times, including a pair of eight-point deficits at Western Carolina and at Mercer … The only times the Bucs didn’t trail in the second half were against Columbia International, at UNCG, vs. The Citadel and vs. Wofford.
SHAY SEEING SUCCESS IN YEAR ONE
Jason Shay is one of 17 first year head coaches in NCAA Division I ... Shay's 12 overall wins are tied for the second-most out of any first-year head coach … Texas State’s Terrence Johnson has the most at 15, while Shay, Brian Burg (Georgia Southern), Mike Farrelly (Hofstra) and Isaac Brown (Wichita State), each have 12, while his eight conference wins are tied for the third-most among first-year head coaches (UAB and Texas State have 9; Wichita State also has 8) ... Meanwhile, there are 29 head coaches in the first year of their new program and Shay's 12 overall wins are tied for the third-most.
BUCS CONTINUE 3-POINT STREAK
Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 1,056 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 1,121 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 19 games played … Overall, Brewer has made at least one three pointer in 70 of his 80 games played and has made multiple treys in 47 career games … Brewer has made at least one field goal in 79 of his 80 games played and scored points in 79 contests … Brewer has made at least one field goal in 69 straight games.
The Bears are 12-8 overall and 5-7 in SoCon play.
Mercer had won back-to-back games before falling 77-74 at home to UNCG this past Saturday … Ross Cummings’ three-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark and the Spartans held on for the three-point road win.
Seven of Mercer’s wins have come at home, while the Bears are 5-5 in games played away from Macon.
Cummings is one of four Mercer players who are averaging double figures in scoring as he leads the team at 15.6 points per game … Cummings also leads the team in field goals made (109) and threes made (59) … He became the 43rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point club where he ranks 20th all-time with 1,172 points … Cummings has also made 232 career three-pointers, which ranks third all-time and he’s 15 away of breaking Langston Hall’s record.
The Bears are averaging just under 80 points per game, while allowing 74.3 per contest.
ETSU has won 12 of the last 13 games over the Bears and lead the all-time series, 25-9 … The Bucs are eyeing the series sweep after rallying for a 70-64 win over Mercer on Feb. 3 in Macon … Damari Monsanto scored 19 of his career-high 24 points in the second half and also grabbed 10 rebounds … Last season, Mercer snapped its 10-game losing streak to ETSU with a 71-55 win on Jan. 29, 2020, inside Freedom Hall … That marked the Bucs’ first loss to Mercer since Feb. 28, 2015 (69-64) … ETSU has won 11 of the 15 games played in Johnson City.
ETSU opens a two-game road swing starting Saturday night as the Bucs face Samford at 8 p.m. ET inside Pete Hanna Center.
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