|November 22, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.418 (23-55)||.458 (27-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.063 (1-16)||.318 (7-22)|
|FT Percentage||.478 (11-23)||.714 (5-7)|
Brown - 3
Hill - 3
Brown - 1
McMullen - 1
|November 23, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.560 (28-50)||.526 (30-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.619 (13-21)||.464 (13-28)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (7-9)||.667 (4-6)|
Clay - 2
Hervey - 1
Prim - 1
Brewer - 1
|November 24, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||KentSt|
|FG Percentage||.377 (20-53)||.404 (21-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (6-24)||.174 (4-23)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (11-15)||.714 (5-7)|
Hamilton - 2
NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2021) – Coming off its first win of the season, the ETSU men’s basketball team looks to carry momentum with them down to Florida. The Bucs will play three games in three days as the Blue and Gold gear up for the Naples Invitational, beginning Monday when ETSU takes on Murray State at 5:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
LAST TIME OUT
BUCS IN PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS
ETSU is looking for its fifth preseason tournament title since the start of the 2016-17 season … In 2016, the Bucs won the Sanford Pentagon Showcase in South Dakota with wins over Milwaukee, South Dakota State and UC Irvine, followed by winning the 2018 Sun Bowl Classic (wins over Wyoming and Norfolk State) and Cayman Island Classic Mainland (wins over Chicago State and Sam Houston State), and the 2019 Maui Invitational Mainland (wins over Delaware State and Southern Utah).
ETSU TO RED-SHIRT FOUR IN 2021-22
Head coach Desmond Oliver announced on Friday that four Buccaneers will be red-shirting this 2021-22 season … Four true freshmen will be red-shirting, which includes guards Allen Strothers (Newport News, Va.) and Brandon Hall (Chicago, Ill.), and post players Matt Nunez (Newport News, Va.) and Isaac Farah (Fishers, Ind.).
ETSU SIGNS THREE EARLY
East Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Desmond Oliver and his staff signed three Buccaneers during the November early signing period … The class includes 6-foot-8 forward Jeremy Gregory (Charlotte, N.C.), 6-foot-10 forward Braden Ilic (Morristown, Tenn.) and 6-foot-7 guard Kristian Shaw (Hendersonville, Tenn.) … Gregory played at North Mecklenburg High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy … He was ranked the No. 12 player in the North Carolina class of 2022 by Phenom Hoop Report … Ilic plays at Morristown East where he has totaled 1,231 points, 712 rebounds and 271 blocks in his first three seasons … Shaw plays at Beech High School in Hendersonville where he was named 2021 Player of the Year by Main Street Preps.
STRONG DEFENSIVE STARTS EQUATE TO WINS
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, when ETSU holds an opponent under 30 first-half points it typically equates to a Buccaneer victory … ETSU, who was 6-3 last season when accomplishing the feat, went 17-0 in 2019-20 and is 65-6 since 2015-16 (losses were to Xavier in 2017-18, UNCG in 2018 SoCon title game, the 65-61 loss to UAB on Dec. 12, 2020, the 53-51 loss at Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2021, the 85-74 overtime loss to UNCG on Feb. 27, 2021 and the 69-67 loss at Appalachian State on Nov. 12) … In addition, the Bucs went 12-0 when holding the opposition to 60 points or less in 2019-20, while the Bucs are 47-2 when allowing 60 points or less since 2015-16.
BUCS CONTINUE 3-POINT STREAK
Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 1,063 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 1,133 games.
ABOUT MURRAY STATE
Following the tournament, ETSU heads back to Johnson City where they host Lees-McRae Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.
For more information on ETSU men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.