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|January 04, 2023||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WCU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.410 (25-61)||.500 (26-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.382 (13-34)||.300 (3-10)|
|FT Percentage||.571 (8-14)||.385 (5-13)|
Strothers - 2
Jackson - 3
Strothers - 1
Seymour - 1
Haynes - 1
Smith - 1
Seymour - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2023) – ETSU men’s basketball saw a pair of streaks end on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers saw their 15-game home win streak against the Catamounts and eight-game Southern Conference home opener streak come to a halt, as the Blue and Gold suffered a 71-60 setback to Western Carolina inside Freedom Hall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
ETSU controlled most of the first half as they scored the first four points and used an 11-0 run to build a 10-point lead when Jeremy Gregory (Charlotte, N.C.) found King open for a fast-break three-pointer, making it 20-10 with 12:27 remaining before halftime.
The Bucs eventually pushed their lead to 12 with just under nine minutes left before intermission, but Western Carolina mounted a 12-3 surge to cut the deficit to three, 31-28 with 4:08 to play. ETSU answered with back-to-back buckets, extending its lead to seven, but the Catamounts scored 10 of the final 13 points to pull even at 38 as both teams went into the locker room.
Unfortunately, things went south in the second half as ETSU never led in the final 20 minutes and the Catamounts took advantage of the Bucs’ sloppy play.
ETSU turned the ball over 14 times in the frame, resulting in 18 Western Carolina points in the stanza.
Six minutes into the half, the Bucs were down two with the ball, but Gregory was called for an offensive foul and the Blue and Gold were never able to inch any closer. The Catamounts scored 13 of the next 17 points over the next six minutes to go up 11, while their lead eventually grew to 16 Tre Jackson forced a steal and Woolbright made his only three-pointer of the night, making it 70-54 with 3:33 remaining.
ETSU wraps up its brief two-game homestand on Saturday when the Bucs take on preseason favorite Furman. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball page.