November 12, 20211st2ndFinal
ETSU333467
Appalachian St.284169
Stats at a GlanceETSUAPP
FG Percentage.419 (26-62) .442 (23-52)
3P FG Percentage.303 (10-33) .400 (10-25)
FT Percentage.833 (5-6) .722 (13-18)
Offensive Rebounds910
Defensive Rebounds2026
Total Rebounds2936
Turnovers712
Steals74
Bench Points2013
LeadersETSUAPP
PointsSloan - 15
Delph - 19
ReboundsBrewer - 8
Lewis Jr. - 8
AssistsSloan - 8
Forrest - 5
StealsPatterson - 2
Gregory - 2
BlocksAdheke - 1
Brewer - 1
Men’s Basketball opens season Friday night at Appalachian State
Men’s Basketball opens season Friday night at Appalachian State
Thursday, November 11, 2021

BOONE, N.C. (Nov. 11, 2021) – The wait is finally over!

Following Thursday’s games, ETSU is one of six teams left to open the 2021-22 season, but all that will end on Friday night when the Buccaneers make the short trek to Boone to take on Appalachian State. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Convocation Center.

LAST TIME OUT

ETSU is coming off a 91-58 exhibition win over Catawba last Friday night inside Freedom Hall.

Collectively, four Bucs scored in double figures, while ETSU made 33 field goals and drained 11 three-pointers in the 33-point win. For the game, the Blue and Gold shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the Indians by 30, 51-21, including pulling down 20 offensive boards. Catawba was held to a 33 percent shooting clip from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. 

Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) led all players with 18 points, while Vonnie Patterson (Louisville, Ky.) finished with a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds). Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) enjoyed his Freedom Hall debut as he netted 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Silas Adheke (Lagos, Nigeria) capped off the players in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds.

The offense was as consistent as it could be with the Bucs scoring 46 first-half points on 16 made field goals (six three-pointers), while putting up 45 in the final 20 minutes on 17 made field goals (five made threes). 

ONE OF SIX DIVISION I TEAMS LEFT TO PLAY ITS FIRST GAME

Entering Friday, ETSU is one of six NCAA Division I teams who have not tipped off its season ... Joining the Bucs playing in their season openers on Friday are: Kent State (Xaiver), Baylor (Incarnate Word) and Marshall (Wright State) ... Georgetown opens Saturday versus Dartmouth at 2 p.m., and Notre Dame is the last team to play as they host Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m.

BUCS IN SEASON OPENERS

Friday marks the 103rd season opener of ETSU men’s basketball … Overall, the Bucs are 60-40 in the previous openers (please note, results are missing for the 1920- 21 and 1932-33 seasons) … The Bucs have reached the century mark in six of those openers, including five since the 1988-89 season – three of those times the Blue and Gold reached the NCAA Tournament. 

ETSU HEAD COACHES IN DEBUTS

Desmond Oliver was named the 18th head coach in program history back on April 5 … The 17 previous Buccaneer head coaches have combined to go 13-4 in their ETSU debut … The Buccaneer coaches to win their first game include Vernon McFee, Jim Luck, John Robinson, Gene McMurray, L.T. Roberts, Madison Brooks, Sonny Smith, Jim Halihan, Les Robinson, Alan LeForce, Ed Dechellis, Murry Bartow and Steve Forbes … Five of the last six Buccaneer coaches have won their ETSU debut.  

FIRST YEAR HEAD COACHES IN 2021-22

Coach Oliver is one of 33 first-year NCAA Division I head coaches in 2021-22 ... He's the last one to make his debut this season with the 32 others combining to go 20-12 in their first game this season.  

ROSTER BREAKDOWN

The 2021-22 Buccaneer roster features 15 players ... The roster consists of players from four different countries - United States, Canada, Nigeria and Egypt ... Those from the U.S. hail from nine different states - Tennessee, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and Maryland. 

FOUR GRADUATES

ETSU has four graduate players on its roster as Silas Adheke, David Sloan, Vonnie Patterson and Ledarrius Brewer all received their undergraduate degrees and are now taking graduate classes.

ETSU PICKED THIRD IN SOCON PRESEASON COACHES POLL

ETSU, who returns six players from last year’s team that advanced to the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament, was picked to finish third by the league coaches this season ... The media picked the Blue and Gold fifth ... Chattanooga and Furman were picked first and second by both the coaches and media, while Mercer and Wofford capped off the top five in the coaches poll ... The media had Wofford and Mercer third and fourth, respectively.

LEDARRIUS BREWER NAMED TO LOU HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST

ETSU’s Ledarrius Brewer was named to the Lou Henson Award Watch List ... The award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach who won 775 games in 41 seasons ... Brewer, who was named a finalist for the award last season, averaged a team-best 16.2 points per game last season. The first team all-Southern Conference selection ranked eighth in the conference in scoring and field goal percentage (.469), fifth in steals (1.5) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.386) in 2020-21 ... Players on teams from the following conferences are eligible for the award: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast ... Brewer was one of four players from the SoCon on the list. Joining Brewer is Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith, The Citadel’s Hayden Brown and Mercer’s Neftali Alvarez.

ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE

  • The Mountaineers opened their season with a 65-53 loss at Iona on Tuesday night.
  • Appalachian State won the Sun Belt Tournament title last season and played in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Senior guard Justin Forrest was named preseason first team all-Sun Belt … Forrest, who earned third team all-conference honors last year, averaged 13.2 points, while ranking second on the team in steals (39) and third in assists (67).
  • The Mountaineers return 12 players from last year’s team that made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.
  • Appalachian State went 9-4 at home last season and 10-5 in 2019-20.

SERIES HISTORY

  • ETSU leads the all-time series 80-46, while winning the last seven meetings and nine of the last 11. 
  • The Bucs won the last meeting, 78-69, back on Nov. 26, 2019 in Johnson City … The 2019 meeting was the first since the Bucs’ 65-48 win on Dec. 10, 2011 in Boone … It's been 3,626 days since the Bucs played Appalachian State in Boone.
  • ETSU and Appalachian State opened the 2009-10 season when the Bucs won 62-58 on Nov. 14 in Johnson City. 
  • The two teams have met twice in the SoCon Championship game where ETSU defeated Appalachian State 96-75 in 1990 and 101-82 in 1991.
  • The first-ever meeting was played in 1927-98 when ETSU won 34-23. 

COVERAGE

Friday’s game will be broadcast live on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster, starting with Atmos Energy Pregame Show at 6 p.m. with “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos provided the call … Click here for live audio.

Friday’s game will also be video streamed on ESPN+ with Kendall Lewis (pbp) and John Reisterer (color) providing the call … Click here for live video.

Live stats will be available for Friday’s opener game via StatBroadcast. Click here to access the live stats feed.

Twitter updates will also be available by following @ETSU_MBB.

UP NEXT

ETSU heads to Knoxville to take on No. 17 Tennessee Sunday at Noon inside Thompson-Boling Arena … The game will be televised on SEC Network.

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