ETSU gets a big win on the road versus Georgia Tech

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!

Ge'Lawn Guyn hits the game-winner over Georgia Tech. ETSU wins 69-68. #ETSUTough

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Some A.J. Merriweather Dunk Highlights from this season

Sophomore guard A.J. Merriweather gave us Buc fans plenty of exciting moments this year. Here are the 3 most impressive dunk highlights of the season from A.J. Merriweather. With two years left at ETSU I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Mr. Merriweather in the next two seasons.

Versus Tennessee Tech

Versus UNC-Greensboro

Also against Greensboro and in the same game as the one above. This one made the sportscenter top 10 plays of the day

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Bucs Officially Land Their First Early Signee for ’13-14

A.J. Merriweather
A.J. Merriweather

Johnson City, Tn. – ETSU head basketball coach Murry Bartow is excited to announce that the Bucs have their first signee, 6’4 Jackson, Tennessee native AJ Merriweather.

Merriweather brings more than just on the court accolades such as All Region selections and a double-double average as a junior as Southside High School, he’s also the smartest player on the team. The 195 pound senior will look to lead his high school team this year and in talking with other players in middle Tennessee who have faced him in various games, they all agree that he is a great player and as one unnamed athlete referred to him: “He’s a really cool guy.”

Bartow is paraphrased as saying he’s super excited to AJ in the program as he fits everything ETSU wants in a player. Consistent, athletic and able to play multiple positions on the court. He’s also a fine young man and a super student. Merriweather is excited to join the Buccaneer family as he feels the up tempo, transition style offense coupled with full court press defense plays right into his style of play.

With the signing of Merriweather, the redshirting of injured senior Lukas Poderis and Providence transfer Ron Giplaye, the Bucs will have just two remaining scholarships for the rest of the 2013-2014 recruiting class.

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Report: AJ Merriweather commits to Bucs

AJ Merriweather
AJ Merriweather, 6’5″ SG, Jackson Southside HS, Nashville Celtics AAU

According to Andre Whitehead of Tennessee Prep Hoops, AJ Merriweather has committed to play for the Bucs.  Whitehead said this of AJ: “Merriweather, who ran with the Nashville Celtics this past summer, is a dynamic athlete who defends hard and has the ability to score in a multitude of ways.” ~Andre Whitehead, TN Prep Hoops.

The Bucs have four scholarships to give for the 2012-13 recruiting class. The early signing period runs from Nov.14th to Nov. 21st.

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Bucs offer in-state swingman, A.J. Merriweather

A.J. Merriweather
A.J. Merriweather

According to various sources, the Bucs have offered  A.J. Merriweather, a 6’5″ swingman from Medon, TN.  Merriweather reportedly holds an offer from ASUN rival, Lipscomb University as well.  Coach Bartow and company have now offered three in-state players: Darius Thompson, Cole Harrison, and A.J. Merriweather.

The early signing period run through November 14th to November 21st.  Check back for updates and information on signees, prospects, and other recruiting information.

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