December 18, 20211st2ndFinal
ETSU273764
UNC Asheville364379
Stats at a GlanceETSUUNC-A
FG Percentage.450 (27-60) .500 (25-50)
3P FG Percentage.200 (4-20) .419 (13-31)
FT Percentage.857 (6-7) .727 (16-22)
Offensive Rebounds126
Defensive Rebounds2122
Total Rebounds3328
Turnovers1411
Steals75
Bench Points1116
LeadersETSUUNC-A
PointsBrewer - 23
Pember - 27
ReboundsBrewer - 10
Pember - 7
AssistsBrewer - 5
Stephney - 4
Battle - 4
Thorpe - 4
StealsSloan - 2
Seymour - 2
Stephney - 2
BlocksPember - 4
Ty Brewer pours in 23; Bucs fall at UNCA, 79-64
Ty Brewer pours in 23; Bucs fall at UNCA, 79-64
Saturday, December 18, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 18, 2021) – Ty Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) scored a season-high 23 points, but the ETSU men’s basketball team didn’t have an answer for Drew Pember or UNC Asheville’s three-point shooting, as the Buccaneers were dealt a 79-64 setback on Saturday afternoon inside Kimmel Arena.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS  

  • ETSU shot 45 percent from the field (27-60), but only went 4-for-20 from three-point range and 6-of-7 at the free throw line.
  • UNCA shot 50 percent from the floor (25-50) and netted 13 threes, while finishing 16-for-22 at the free throw line.
  • The Bucs turned the ball over 14 times, resulting in 21 Bulldog points.
  • ETSU outrebounded UNCA by five, 33-28, and scored 11 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds.
  • The Bucs never led in Saturday’s contest as Pember scored on the Bulldogs’ first possession, resulting in a 15-2 opening UNCA run.
  • ETSU didn’t make its first three-point field goal until the second half, but Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) extended the Bucs’ streak to 1,072 games with a triple after knocking down the first bucket 43 seconds into the second half.
  • The Bucs suffered their second straight setback and dipped to 7-5 on the season, while UNCA – who has won five of its six home games this season – improved to 7-5.

TOP PERFORMERS

  • Ty Brewer registered his ninth career 20-point scoring game as he was 11-of-14 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds.
  • Jordan King added 13 points and accounted for three of ETSU’s four made threes.
  • Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) collected his fifth career double-double, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Pember, who played at Tennessee for two seasons, scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting (4-8 from three). Pember also added seven rebounds and blocked four shots. In total, four Bulldogs scored in double figures with Tajion Jones netting 17, Trent Stephney posting 13 and Coty Jude finishing with 12.

POSTGAME COMMENTS 

Listen to postgame comments from head coach Desmond Oliver with Voice of the Bucs Jay Sandos

GAME SUMMARY

The Bucs got off to a sluggish start but scored the last six points of the half to go into the break down nine, 36-27. UNCA opened on its 15-2 run before ETSU could get within six when Ty Brewer converted the old-fashioned three-point-play, making it 21-15 with 9:33 remaining. The Bucs were unable to inch any closer as the Bulldogs pushed their margin to 15 before the Brewer brothers combined for ETSU’s last 10 points of the half, including Ty scoring the last four to get within single digits.

ETSU made a run at the Bulldogs early in the second half as they scored eight of the first 11 points to make it a four-point deficit, 39-35, following a three by Jaden Seymour (Charlotte, N.C.).

However, that’s as close as the Bucs got.

UNCA mounted an 8-0 run after Seymour’s second triple of the year, pushing its margin back into double figures, 47-35 with 14:45 remaining. The closest ETSU was able to get was seven when King hit a three, moving the scoreboard to 56-49 with just under 10 minutes left in the contest. Ty Brewer did his best to keep the Blue and Gold in the contest, but the Bucs didn’t have an answer for Pember and the Bulldogs as ETSU suffered its second straight setback.  

UP NEXT

ETSU heads to Athens on Wednesday night to take on Georgia at 7 p.m.

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