|February 02, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||WCU|
|FG Percentage||.476 (30-63)||.438 (28-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.577 (15-26)||.356 (16-45)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (9-13)||.833 (15-18)|
Seymour - 9
Petrakis - 1
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2022) – Leading by as many as 14 points in the second half and up nine with less than four minutes remaining, the ETSU men’s basketball team couldn’t hold on, as Western Carolina closed on an 18-6 run to rally past the Buccaneers, 87-84, on Wednesday night inside the Ramsey Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Listen to head coach Desmond Oliver's postgame interview with Voice of the Bucs Jay Sandos.
The Bucs came out on fire with their long-range shooting as they made five of the first six from beyond the arc and led 21-11 following a Ledarrius Brewer triple with 12:22 left in the first half. Over the next five minutes, Western Carolina used a 12-3 run to pull within one, but Jordan King answered with three straight threes, extending the lead back to 10, 35-25, with five minutes left before the break. The Bucs’ lead hovered around double figures and went into the locker room up 13, 47-34.
ETSU was 12-of-16 from beyond the arc in the first half with King and Brewer combining for nine made threes and 33 points. King had 21 on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc and Brewer had 12 points on 4-of-5 from three-point land.
The Bucs controlled the first 15 minutes of the second half, but couldn’t hold on.
ETSU led by 14 with 13:37 remaining and was up 74-61 with 5:45 left; however, the Bucs saw the Catamounts close on a 26-10 run to cap off the rally. The win marked Western Carolina’s first victory over the Bucs in Cullowhee since Jan. 26, 1998.
ETSU wraps up its road swing Saturday afternoon when the Bucs play at Wofford. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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