ETSU handles the Mocs in Chattanooga

The Mocs and the Bucs faced off for the 2nd time this season, this time in Chattanooga where the Mocs had only lost twice at so far this year and was trying to avenge a blowout loss to the Bucs in Johnson City. This proved to be no challenge for the Bucs as the won 77-64 to take 7 straight wins versus rival Chattanooga.

ETSU started the game strong jumping out to a quick 10 point lead in the first half. The Bucs then went cold and only scored two points in the last six minutes, fifty-six seconds of the half. This long scoring drought let the Mocs back into the game and they led 33-30 at halftime.

Much like a lot of games this year for the Bucs the 2nd half was a different story. After some back and forth between ETSU and the Chattanooga early in the 2nd half, the Bucs then went of a 14-0 run to gain the lead at 52-42. The Mocs got within 4 not long after, but were unable to get any closer. The Buccaneers then put the game away with 3:11 left thanks to a Mladen Armus dunk, which game ETSU their largest lead of the game at 16.

ETSU dominated the Mocs in the paint by outscoring them 42-16. ETSU also scored 20 points off over turnovers compared to only 1 for the Mocs and shot 93% from the FT line.

The Bucs had 4 guys scoring in double digits including Lucas N’Guessan who scored a career high 14 points and was 6-7 from the field and a perfect 2-2 from the line. ETSU also got a huge game out of Bo Hodges, who led the Bucs in 4 statistical categories. Hodges had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block.

Tisdale finds N’Guessan for the dunk

Wofford

Todays win puts ETSU at 19-5 for the season and 9-2 in conference play and sets up a huge game on Thursday night versus the Wofford Terriers who are 19-4 overall and a perfect 11-0 in conference play. The Bucs and Terriers have already played once this year with Wofford winning by 16 points in Spartanburg.

Wofford lit up Citadel today by hitting twenty 3-point shots and won by 38 points in Charleston. A win against Wofford will take ETSU a long way and put them back into contention for the regular season Socon title.

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ETSU destroys Chattanooga 96-70

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On Saturday night ETSU took down Chattanooga in well played 96-70 victory. Tray Boyd continued where he left off against Samford. Boyd finished with 19 points behind 7-9 shooting, including 4-5 from the 3-point line.

The Bucs shot an incredible 61% from the field and 50% from 3 with 9 makes. ETSU also got back on track with their free throw shooting by making 75% of their attempts.

ETSU continued their rebounding dominance by out-rebounding Chattanooga by 10 and that was with their top rebounder Jeromy Rodriguez sitting out most of the first half due to foul trouble. Rodriguez only finished with 4 rebounds for the game, while Lucas N’Guessan and Mladen Armus picked up the slack with 7 and 10 rebounds respectively.

The win put ETSU at 13-4 overall, 3-1 in the SoCon. The Bucs have won all nine of their home games, their best start since the 2003-04 season when they went 12-0. It was also the 6th time in a row ETSU has defeated rival Chattanooga. Their average margin of victory during that span has been 17 points.

Highlights from ETSU’s 96-70 victory vs Chattanooga

Greg Dennis

Prior to the start of the game, ETSU legend, Greg Dennis was honored with the retiring of his jersey. Greg Dennis played a huge role in the late 80’s early 90’s dynasty team that went on to win 4 straight Socon titles, a top 10 ranking and NCAA tournament win versus Arizona. Greg is 2nd all-time in scoring and field goals made at ETSU and was 4-time all Socon selection.

ETSU legend Greg Dennis getting his jersey retired

The Citadel

ETSU next plays at The Citadel on Thursday, January 10th in Charleston where they will look to avenge the loss from last season which prevented ETSU from winning a share of the Socon title. Citadel is 9-4 on the year and lost at Furman today 101 – 85.

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