Bucs get back on track with win over Western Carolina

Bo Hodges vs WCU

After having their 16 game winning streak and undefeated Socon record broken by UNCG on Monday the Bucs were in need of a back bounce win. They got that win with a convincing eleven point victory over Western Carolina. The game was never really in question for ETSU who built an 18 point first half lead and later extended that lead to 23 points in the 2nd half.

ETSU got a big boost from Devontavius Payne who scored a game high of 22 points off of 6-7 shooting from the 3-point line. Payne who has been the 6th man for ETSU most of the year got the start over Jalan McCloud who had been feeling ill before the game. ETSU also got a big boost from the two freshmen, Bo Hodges and Mladen Armus. Hodges scored 17 points in 17 minutes, making 6 of 7 from the field, including a nice alley-opp dunk in the 2nd half. Meanwhile, Mladen Armus was dominating the boards by grabbing a game high 10 rebounds, including 6 offensive ones.

As a team ETSU held Western Carolina to just 38% shooting, while ETSU shot 47% from the field and 45% from the 3-point line. The Bucs dominated the boards by grabbing 44 compared to just 24 from WCU. The Bucs also got back to sharing the ball with 16 assists, something they failed to do against UNCG. The only real weak spot from the Bucs in this game was turnovers. The Bucs committed 22 turnovers for the game which is partly why the final margin wasn’t larger than 11 points.

ETSU is now finished with road games for the rest of the season, the final three regular season games will be in the friendly confines of Freedom Hall. The Bucs finish the conference road schedule by going 8-1 and have won 11 total road games for the year. That number is tied for the most in all of college basketball.

Dominance over Western Carolina

The Bucs have now won 23 of the last 24 games against Western Carolina. ETSU also hasn’t lost a regular season game against WCU since 1998. The last loss came in a Socon tournament quarterfinal game in 2015, which happened to be former coach Murry Bartow’s last game with ETSU.

Help from UNCG

With the win Saturday the Bucs continued to have a hold on first place in the Socon and thanks to a loss from UNCG at Mercer the Bucs now have a 2.5 game lead over UNCG. A win on Tuesday versus The Citadel and the Bucs can atleast clinch a share of the regular season title. However, if the Bucs want to clinch a #1 seed in the Socon Tournament they will need to win at least 2 of those 3 games since UNCG currently has the tiebreaker over ETSU.

Final 3 games

ETSU will close out the regular season this week with games against The Citadel on Tuesday, Wofford on Friday and Furman on Sunday. All three games will be at Freedom Hall. The Bucs will be looking to clinch the regular season title during this stretch, so come out and Fill Freedom for each game!

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Patrick Good coming home to ETSU

patrick good

It was announced this morning that former David Crockett basketball star and Appalachian State player, Patrick Good, will be returning to his home in Johnson City to play for ETSU.

As a 6-foot, 162-pound freshman at Appalachian State Good averaged 22 minutes in 29 games. He finished with 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 41 percent from three. Good scored 21 points and shot 5-7 from the 3-point line against Tennessee back in November. He also hit seven 3-pointers in a game against Texas-Arlington later in the season.

“I love the city that I grew up in and I am thrilled with the opportunity,” Good told The Johnson City News & Neighbor. “I know a lot of people support me and love ETSU. So if you put those two things together, we may be able to have something special.”

Good also said he attended the ETSU vs UT basketball game in December and loved seeing the enthusiasm from the ETSU crowd in Freedom Hall. He is looking forward to being part of that enthusiasm for the rest of his college career.

Good would have to sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules but will have 3 years of eligibility left.

Patrick Good will join fellow ETSU newcomers, Kendrick Gray, Andre Edwards, Mladen Armus, Bo Hodges, Jeromy Rodriguez, and James Harrison as part of the 2017-2018 recruiting class.

Welcome home Patrick!

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Bucs Sign Mladen Armus – 6’10 F/C

Mladen Armus

This morning ETSU basketball signed, 6’10 230lbs Mladen Armus, which marks the 4th signing of the 2017-2018 recruiting class. Armus, who comes to ETSU from Serbia, spent his HS career at Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he helped win an NACA National Championship and was named MVP of the tournament. SW Christian Academy finished 36-3 for the year. While at SW Christian Academy Mladen averaged 16.3 points and 12.8 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the field and 73 percent at the free throw line.

Before attending Southwest Christian Academy Armus played for the KK Paritzan Junior Team in Serbia. In 2014, Armus helped guide Serbia to a Bronze medal in the U17 World Championship in Dubai, while he has been invited to play in the U20 European Championship this summer.

In addition to ETSU, Armus also received heavy interest and offers from Arkansas, St. Louis, South Florida, St. Bonaventure, Fresno State, Washington, Washington State, Creighton and Arkansas Little Rock.

At 6’10 Mladen Armus will fill a big hole at the center position for the upcoming season after ETSU lost both Tevin Glass and Hanner Mosquera-Perea to graduation.

Mladen Armus will join fellow ETSU newcomers Bo Hodges, Jeromy Rodriguez, and James Harrison as part of the 2017-2018 recruiting class. There are still two scholarships left to fill for the Bucs.

ETSU Hoops will continue to monitor recruiting activity throughout the off-season and will report on any signings or commitments as they happen.

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