|February 27, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||UNCG|
|FG Percentage||.490 (24-49)||.466 (27-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.450 (9-20)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.636 (7-11)|
Langley - 3
Langley - 4
Seymour - 1
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2022) – Behind strong second-half shooting and four Buccaneers scoring in double figures, the ETSU men’s basketball team played spoilers on Senior Night as the Blue and Gold earned a key 73-69 road win at UNCG Sunday evening inside the Greensboro Coliseum.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Listen to postgame comments from head coach Desmond Oliver with Voice of the Bucs Jay Sandos.
Both teams led by five in the first half as ETSU scored the first five points to start the game, while UNCG used a late 7-0 run to go ahead 28-23 with 2:25 left before the break. The Bucs ended with momentum by scoring five of the final six points, including a deep three by King to beat the buzzer, making it 29-28.
After seeing five ties and five lead changes in the first half, the score shifted twice in the opening minute of the second before the Spartans opened a 39-36 lead following a lay-up by De’Monte Buckingham at the 13:16 mark.
David Sloan then responded as he hit his first seven shots to start the half – including three from long distance – and ETSU scored eight unanswered to go up 44-39 following a steal and monster slam by Ty Brewer with 11:09 remaining.
From there, the Bucs extended their lead to six on three different possessions, but after Sloan found King open for a three to go up 53-47, UNCG scored six straight to pull even at 53 with 6:37 left in the game.
With the game knotted at 55 at the under six-minute mark, Ty Brewer found the perfect time to knock down his first and only three-pointer, giving the Bucs the lead for good at 58-55. The triple ignited an 11-2 surge as Mohab Yasser drove to the rim, extending ETSU’s advantage to a game-high nine points, 66-57 at the 1:37 mark.
Despite leading by nine down the stretch, the Bucs held on as UNCG made three triples in the final minute, pulling within two, 70-68 with five seconds remaining. Jordan King made one of two at the line to go up three – and after ETSU fouled with three seconds left – the Spartans made the first, missed the second and Ledarrius Brewer came down with the game-winning board. Brewer was fouled and made both freebies to ice the game.
ETSU turns its attention to the Southern Conference Tournament as the eighth-seeded Bucs take on ninth-seeded Citadel Friday at 5 p.m. inside Harrah’s Cherokee Center.
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