ETSU vs Cincinnati from 1990

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Relive some old ETSU basketball memories with this video against Cincinnati that was played on December 22, 1990. The Bucs start out slow in this one, in fact they get down 10-0 early in the game, but after back to back 3-pointers from Jerry Pelphrey the Bucs start to get on track. ETSU ends up breaking the game open in the second half and beating the Bearcats 90-79.

A few interesting notes about this game. ETSU had just earned their first ever top 25 ranking a few days prior to this game being played in Cincinnati, it was Bob Huggins second season with Cincinnati and it was 1 of 11 non-confernce games that ETSU won that season, which I assume is a school record.

Enjoy!

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ETSU vs Tennessee – 1989 – Full Video

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As 2012 comes to an end I thought I would post one of the more memorable wins in ETSU basketball history to help ease the pain of a difficult start to the 2012-2013 college basketball season.

In 1989 Mister Jennings and the East Tennessee State men’s basketball team crushed the Big Orange in Knoxville. ETSU beat Tennessee by the score of 83-70 for the first time in school history. The win established ETSU as the dominate college basketball team in the state of Tennessee for a 4 to 5 year stretch as wins against Memphis and Tennessee followed this game in the next few years.

Many Buc fans will recall that Thompson-Boling arena had a large following of ETSU faithful in attendance that night and they were so loud it almost felt like a home game for ETSU. Enjoy!

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ETSU vs BYU – 1990 Preseason NIT – Full Game

The 1990-1991 East Tennessee State basketball team started the 90-91 season on a high note with a win against BYU in the first round of the 1990 preseason NIT in Provo, Utah. This particular game is notable for several reasons. First, it was the first game that coach Alan LeForce served as a full-time head coach for ETSU and it also ended up being his first win. Secondly, it’s also the first game of one of the most memorable seasons in East Tennessee State basketball history, the Bucs would end up winning a school record 28 games in the 90-91 season and was ranked in the top 25 nearly all season long. Lastly, this was actually the first collegiate game for 7’6 BYU center Shawn Bradley, who ended up having an 11 year career in the NBA, playing most notably for Philadelphia and Dallas.

Below is the full game between ETSU and BYU. It was a close hard fought game on both sides, with ETSU leading most of the way thanks to great shooting from the 3-point line. Greg Dennis struggled quite a bit in guarding Shawn Bradley but that can be expected when you have to guard someone 7 inches taller than you the whole game. The Bucs would go on to face 5th ranked Arizona in the second round of the NIT, in what turned out to be a preview of ETSU’s 1992 NCAA tournament opponent. See more ETSU basketball games in the video section.

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ETSU vs Appalachian State from 1991

ETSU vs Appalachian State

Even though ETSU is no longer in the Southern Conference one of our biggest rivals to me and to many other ETSU fans will always be Appalachian State. The two campuses are only separated by 55 miles of mountainous curvy roads and have been playing each other since 1928. ETSU holds an overwhelming lead in the series but that never diminished the rivalry. Anytime the two teams met it was always one of the exciting games of the season. The visiting team would usually bring a large amount of fans and typically the matchup would end up being one of the largest attended games in the basketball season for both schools. Three of the top 8 crowds in the history of the Mini Dome were against Appalachian State. This game from 1991 was no different. This video is from the 1991 season in a sold out game of over 8,000 inside the old Varsity Gym in Boone, North Carolina. Of course this is the 1991 team featuring Mister Jennings, almost every Southern Conference game for ETSU that season, home or away, was a sellout crowd. See more ETSU basketball games in the video section.

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ETSU vs NC State in Raleigh, 1992

ETSU vs NCstate

Complete video footage between ETSU and NC State in 1992. It’s not the most well known ETSU and NC State basketball game for buc fans but it was still another win for the Bucs over the Wolfpack. A year after the big win in Johnson City the ETSU men’s basketball team visited Raleigh for a second game inside Reynolds Coliseum.  The Bucs started out slow but had a strong 2nd half to get the win over Les Robinson and the Wolfpack. This game marked the 3rd year in a row ETSU beat NC State in basketball. The two have not played since this game. See more ETSU basketball games in the video section.

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ETSU vs NC State

ETSU vs NC State

ETSU vs NC State from 1990 inside the Memorial Center.

This game against NC State is the second largest crowd to ever attend an East Tennessee State home basketball game, final attendance was 12,240. ETSU had just entered the top 25 prior to this game and this NC State team featured all-american’s Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani. NC State’s coach Les Robinson was making a return to ETSU where he had coached at the previous season. It was a hard fought game on both sides and is arguably considered one of the biggest home games in East Tennessee State basketball history. One of my all-time favorite ETSU basketball games.

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