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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ETSU defeats Samford in OT

Mladen Armus with the Dunk

East Tennessee State defeated Samford on Thursday night 81-72 in overtime after nearly blowing a 17-point 2nd half lead.

It was a game of halves on Thursday which saw ETSU dominate the first half and leading by 15 at halftime thanks to tough defense and 5 made 3-point shots.

The 2nd half started similarly as ETSU got a quick score by Jeromy Rodriguez and pushed the lead to 17. However, it was downhill for the Bucs afterwards as ETSU missed their next 10 shots. At the 12:39 Samford had cut the ETSU lead to 4 at 53-49. Samford later tied the game at 70 with 1:18 left. ETSU had two opportunities to win the game in the final 38 seconds but neither Tray Boyd or Isiah Tisdale’s shots fell.

In overtime the Bucs outscored Samford 11-2 thanks to a big 3-point shot from Tray Boyd and some clutch free throw shooting.

Part of the reason for the big comeback from Samford was due to the free throw woes for the Bucs. ETSU missed nine of 15 free throws in regulation but then went 6 for 6 in OT. The Bucs also turned the ball over 18 times.

With the win head coach Steve Forbes moves to 6-0 in overtime games while coach at ETSU and half of those overtime victories have been against Samford.

Highlights from ETSU’s win vs Samford

Rebounding Domination

The Bucs continued to dominate the boards on Thursday night by out-rebounding Samford 48-31. Both Jeromy Rodriguez and Mladen Armus combined for a total of 36 rebounds. 19 for Rodriguez and 17 for Armus. Coach Forbes even commented in the post game that he had never seen such a dominating rebounding performance from two players in a single game. ETSU continues to lead the nation in rebounding margin at +13.9 a game.

Scott Padgett vs Karl Hess

Another interesting moment late in the game came when official Karl Hess charged towards Samford coach Scott Padgett during a verbal altercation between the two where Padgett had to be restrained. Padgett later commented in the post game where he said “Are you stepping at me right now?” at Hess.

Scott Padgett commenting in the postgame on the altercation with official Karl Hess

ETSU will next face rival Chattanooga in Freedom Hall at 4PM on Saturday where ETSU legend Greg Dennis will have is jersey retired.

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