The Buc’s handled business today on the road at Morehead State as they cruised to a 78-68 win. Many Buc fans, including myself, were worried they might overlook this game in anticipation for the vaunted matchup with Tennessee at Freedom Hall 5 days from now. However, they showed no signs of that as they got out to a 35-12 lead 10 minutes into the first half. The game was never really in doubt, although the Buc’s had two lapses during the game and allowed Morehead to get within 9 and 8 pts in the second half. Despite the Eagles record and the assault allegations against their now former coach, year in and year out Morehead is a consistently good mid-major program so I’ll definitely look at this game as a good win on the road.
TJ Cromer busted out of his recent shooting slump going for 23 pts, 7 assists on 6-9 shooting from 3 point land. He did have 6 turnovers which is uncharacteristic of him. Desonta Bradford and Hanner Mosquera-Perea finished with 13 pts a piece and David Burrell added 7 pts off the bench.
The Buccaneer faithful were able to witness their first win on the road in 2016 as ETSU beat SEC foe Mississippi State at “The Hump” in Starksville, MS on Wednesday night. The Buc’s came into the game needing a resume building road win, and they got what they needed. Quite frankly, ETSU looked like the better team all game. They led by as much as 10 and never trailed throughout. ETSU has played Miss. St. in the past, and came into the game leading the all-time series 2-1. They were able to add to that series lead via a buzzer beating put-back by Hanner Mosquera-Perea with barely a second left on the clock. Desonta Bradford stepped up big time, hitting multiple shots in the lane, beyond the arc, and sinking 2 critical free throws down the stretch to pull of the dub. Even though TJ Cromer is the leading scorer, Bradford can easily take over as the go-to guy when needed.
As far as stats go, Bradford led the way with 15pts, 4reb, and 2ast. TJ Cromer had 14pts on 6-14 shooting. There are many other contributors to mention as this team is DEEP. However, some of note are Devontavius Payne who had 9 pts and David Burrell with 8. Both players came in with ferocity and hit 3 big threes between them. For Mississippi State, the Buc’s were able to stifle the Bulldogs leading scorer in Quinndary Weatherspoon who finished with 13pts on 3-9 shooting. The Bulldogs leading scorer was F Aric Holman, who finished with 17pts, 6reb, and 4blks.
When you play on the road against a good team it’s all about managing the storm, and the Buc’s did that tonight. Something we never saw last game against Dayton, or UNC Wilmington. Tonight was a huge team building win for our Bucs. Our players proved to themselves they can play on the road and manage a comeback effort by the home team.
ETSU takes on Morehead St. at their place on Saturday Dec. 17th. While Morehead St. is always a respectable mid-major, they have struggled this year amid complications with their previous coach.
The Buc’s had another chance to pull of a signature win on the road, but they simply could not get it done against a very talented Dayton team picked to win the Atlantic 10 conference. Oddly enough, the Buc’s struggled inside even though that has been proven to be a strength, as their season avg in rebounding margin is +10. The Flyers were able to shut down the Buc’s leading scorer TJ Cromer (19 ppg) who went 1-11 from the field and finished with 4 pts. Desonta Bradford and David Burrell were the lone bright spots for ETSU who produced 12 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast (4 to) and 12 pts, 4 reb respectively. Charles Cooke led the way for Dayton going for 24 pts, 8 reb, and 4 blocks. Dayton also welcomed back the edition of Senior F Kendall Pollard who returned from injury and played a big part on the glass snagging 12 rebounds and scoring 12 points.
The Buc’s move on to Mississippi State on Wednesday Dec. 14. They will have their 3rd chance in as many tries to pick up a solid non-conference win on the road. The Buccaneer faithful, including myself, will be intently rooting for an improvement in play from our talented and deep squad. I’m hoping the Dayton game was merely a mirror of the Villanova game last year, where we lost badly, and then proceeded to beat Georgia Tech on the road courtesy of a Guyn 3 at the buzzer.
ETSU travelled to South Dakota over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to participate in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase. Aside from ETSU, the other teams involved in the round robin tournament include Milwaukee from the Horizon, South Dakota State from the Summit, and UC Irvine of the Big West. The Bucs went on to win the tournament with TJ Cromer claiming the tournament MVP and Desonta Bradford earning all tournament team honors. Now sitting at 5-1, ETSU will return home to face Lees McCrae and Limestone College before heading to Atlantic 10 foe Dayton on December 10.
ETSU went into Atlanta today to make a statement after their loss against Villanova Friday night and they did just that. ETSU squeaked by with a 69-68 win against Georgia Tech thanks to a last second 3-point shot by Ge’Lawn Guyn (video of the shot is below). Guyn finished with 24 points, 16 of them in the second half, 7 rebounds and one huge block that came late in the second half and resulted in a transition basket by Deuce Bello.
The Bucs led most of the first half and by as many as 7 until Georgia Tech went on a 20-8 run to end the half and leading 32-27. Tech than increased their lead to 8 early in the second half but the Bucs never game up. They slowly worked their way back into the game thanks to some hot shooting, the Bucs shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half.
The win against Georgia Tech gives ETSU their first win over an ACC school since 1991, which is when ETSU defeated NC State in Raleigh. ETSU improved to 3-1 on the year with the win and handed Tech their first loss of the year and dropping them to 3-1 as well.
ETSU scored 36 points in the paint, 14 more than Georgia Tech. The Bucs also had 11 points off turnovers and 14 second-chance points. ETSU also shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half. In addition to Guy’s 24 points T.J. Cromer and A.J. Merriweather also finished in double figures with 12 points a piece.
ETSU will finish up this 3 game road trip with a game against Charleston Southern on Tuesday and then will be back in Freedom Hall on Saturday the 28th. Go Bucs!