Hot Shooting Propels ETSU over Citadel 98-73

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After a somewhat slow start last night, ETSU kicked it up a notch in the 2nd half as they scored 24 of the first 27 points in the 2nd half and poured on a total of 60 points in the final 20 minutes to win in a route over 9-5 Citadel.

The win can be attributed to hot 3-point shooting with the Bucs hitting 14-31 3-points shots, good for 45%.

Freshmen Daivien Williamson had a great scoring night with 24 points in 31 minutes on 4-6 from 3 and 3 rebounds. Isaiah Tisdale scored about as many points per minute (14 points in 17 minutes on 2-2 from 3) but also 5 rebounds, 5 assists to only 2 turnovers,

Jeromy had his usual double/double with 10 points on 5-9, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, only 2 turnovers, a block and 2 steals. N’Guessan played only 13 minutes, but packed them with 8 points on 3-3 and 8 rebounds. Tray Boyd played only 14 minutes, but used them to get 16 points on 6-12 with 4-8 from 3, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

ETSU improved to 14-4, 4-1, marking the first time in program history the Bucs won 14 of their first 18 games to start three straight seasons. ETSU won 13 of their first 17 games for three straight years from 1948-51.

Matt Frierson

ETSU held one of the best 3 point shooters in D1, Matt Frierson to 0 points on 0-5. Frierson’s had 52-game streak of making at least one three-pointer and was held scoreless for the first time since Feb. 11, 2017 (vs. VMI). 

Mercer

ETSU next plays Mercer in Macon on Saturday the 11th. Mercer at 6-10 is better than their record indicates. They have lost 5 games by less than 5 points. Including only losing by 4 at NC state and 4 at Wofford. Mercer is 6-1 in Macon this year.

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Opponent Preview for 1/10/19: The Citadel

On Thursday, January 10th the Bucs take on the Citadel Bulldogs, who is now 9-5 and ranked 204th in Kenpom. They had a brilliant 9-2 start with their only losses coming on the road to Clemson and Texas, and which included road wins over #240 JMU and #154 South Florida. But they are coming off a 3 game losing streak which started with a bad home loss to #247 Longwood, 94-110, and continued with 2 expected road losses to #54 Wofford and #112 Furman. 

Citadel hopes to get back on track at home against the Bucs: they are still 6-1 at home with Longwood being the only loss. Best home wins have been over #175 Mercer 79-69 and #233 High Point 112-87 – the home schedule has not been strong. 

John Hooper’s article, is a fair summary of the strong points of Citadel, discussing shooting guard 6-2 160 Sr Matt Frierson (ranked 2nd now nationally in made 3’s per game with 4.50 for 15.6 ppg), leading ‘big’ man 6-7 220 Sr Zane Najdawi, a native Jordanian now from Midlothian, VA, who plays a great all around game with 13.9 ppg, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and a steal, and the big addition, 5th year Senior point guard 6-1 200 Gr-Tr Lew Stallworth who has exceeded every expectation, ranking 11th nationally in assists with 6.7, with 18.0 ppg and 6.9 rpg. He’s an upgrade in every way over the departed Frankie Johnson.

But note that all of these key players graduate this year. If they don’t make a mark this year, Baucom will be trying to reload next year. 

As usual they play super up tempo, leading the nation in points per game with 96.8, but allowing the second most points with 86.9. Turnovers are -1.5. They lead the country making 13.8 three’s per game, hitting .367. 

They have neither length nor muscle up front: Najdawi is the big man at 6-7 220, backed up by 2 6-6 guys, 6-6 185 Kaiden Rice and 6-6 215 Hayden Brown. They get outrebounded by -1.9. The advantage to the Bucs here is pretty obvious. But they were just as small last year and upset several of the top SoCon teams including ETSU and Furman.

Kenpom expects a close game with ETSU favored by only 5 points, 85-80. This is a better Citadel team than the one that beat us last year. Don’t overlook them and continue to improve. 

Guards:
#13 6-1 200 Gr-Tr Lew Stallworth; 31.1 minutes, 18.0 ppg on .308 from 3 (8 makes all year), 5.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.1 t.o.’s, 1.0 steals
#03 6-2 160 Sr Matt Frierson; 31.0 minutes, 15.6 ppg on .438 from 3 (3.9 makes per game), 1.2 steals
#12 6-4 190 Gr-Tr Connor Kern; 23.3 minutes, 8.4 ppg on .404 from 3 (1.5 makes)
#02 5-11 170 Sr Quayson Williams; 13.1 minutes, 4.7 ppg on .259 from 3
#23 6-4 220 Jr Kaelon Harris; 15.5 minutes, 4.4 ppg on .211 from 3 (4 all year), 4.6 rebounds 

Front Court:
#34 6-7 220 Sr Zane Najdawi; 27.0 minutes, 13.9 ppg on .300 from 3 (0.7 makes), 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals
#11 6-6 185 So Kaiden Rice; 19.5 minutes, 13.1 ppg on .387 from 3 (3.1 makes), 2.9 rebounds 
#25 6-5 210 So Alex Reed; 18.9 minutes, 8.6 ppg on .378 from 3 (1.0 makes), 3.6 rebounds
#33 6-6 215 So Hayden Brown; (only 6 games) 13.7 minutes 7.0 ppg on .250 from 3 (2 makes all year), 3.8 rebounds

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