Patrick Good breaks school record in win over Western Carolina

Sophomore guard Patrick Good had a record-setting night on Saturday when he broke a school record by hitting 11 3-points in a big win versus Western Carolina. Good was hot all night starting the game at an astonishing 9-10 from the 3-point line. He ended up finished 11-of-17 from beyond the arc and 12-of-18 from the field for a total of 35 points. The 35 points was also a career high for Good.

Patrick Good broke a nearly 10-year old record which had previously been set by ETSU great Courtney Pigram on Feb. 28, 2009. Pat commented in the post game that he knew he was going to have a huge night early in the 2nd half when hit a contested 3-pointer well beyond the NBA line as the shot clock was winding down.

Not only did Patrick Good have a career night but Mladen Armus also had one of the best games of his career. Armus finished with a career-high 21 points (9-of-13 shooting) and grabbed 12 rebounds, while also notching his fourth career double-double.

The Bucs started the game hot with a 17-3 lead early on and never really looked back as the Catamounts could only get as close as 9 points the rest of the game. As a team the Bucs shot well at 55% and Good accounted for 11 of the teams 12 3-pointers. ETSU also forced 21 turnovers which they turned into 38 points. Additionally, the Bucs outscored the Catamounts 44-26 in the paint, including seven dunks.

Highlights from the Bucs win over Western Carolina

Dominance over Western

The ETSU dominance over Western Carolina in basketball continued last night as the Bucs have won 24 of their last 25 over Western Carolina. The Bucs also have not lost in Cullowhee since 1998.

Samford Next

The Bucs will next face Samford in Birmingham. In a game that projects to be a tough matchup for the Bucs. Last time ETSU faced Samford was a few weeks ago in Freedom Hall when Samford came back from 17-points down in the 2nd half to force overtime but later fell to the Bucs in OT. Samford is also coming off a very impressive two game road swing where they led at Wofford for most of the game but later fell by a point in OT thanks to some late game heroics by Fletcher Magee. Then last night the Bulldogs became the first team all year to defeat Furman in Greenville, with a 75-73 victory over the Paladins.

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Opponent Preview for 1/26/19: Western Carolina

On Saturday, January 26th, ETSU will travel to Western Carolina (5-16, 2-6 in the SoCon) who is ranked #294 by KenPom. Even though the Catamounts have only won 5 games so far they appear to be much improved over last year. They took Furman to double overtime on the road, played UNCG better than ETSU did, going down to the wire before losing by 9. They beat Samford more handily than the Bucs (or than Wofford did), 76-69. They came within 3 of #113 Charleston, 74-77, within 5 of Southern Miss, 63-68 and within 7 at Wake Forest 64-71. They also lost at VMI (83-91), at Mercer (80-84), and at home to Chattanooga (62-73). Ask UNCG or Furman if these guys are a serious threat.

They play an 8 man rotation with only 1 senior (Marc Gosselin) and 3 freshmen (Gibson, Myers and Cottrell). 

They play a deliberate tempo, scoring only 70.0 a game. They defend the 3 well, allowing a best in SoCon .316. But they are vulnerable inside, allowing 57.2% from 2, 343rd in D1. Blocks (1.6 to 4.1 for ETSU) and steals (4.5 to 7.5 for ETSU) are low. 6-7 265 JUCO Jr. Carlos Dotson is a nimble-footed bull inside, with 9.7 rebounds and 13.3 ppg, but not a good defender, and makes a lot of turnovers (3.4). 

Turnover margin is a terrible -8.43, worst in SoCon by a mile (3rd worst is ETSU with -0.75). In fact, worst in D1!

Assists are a weak 12.4 per game, 267th in D1.

Three point shooting is similar to ETSU: .358 to .356, 8.9 makes to 8.3 makes. Free throw percentage is even worse: worst in SoCon .629 to a second worst in SoCon .670 for the Bucs.

But they rebound well – 3rd best in SoCon +4.7 margin, 59th in D1. ETSU is now at +13.1. 

Both teams had Thursday off. We’re hoping to see the Bucs take a step forward from their last couple outings and get rid of the sour taste from the UNCG game. A weak effort will leave us struggling to eke out a win like UNCG and Furman did against these guys. Kenpom favors the Bucs by 10, 74-64. 

Front Court:
#4 6-7 265 Jr. Carlos Dotson; 27.8 minutes, 13.3 ppg, no 3’s, .486 FT%, 9.7 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, 3.4 t.o.’s
#33 6-5 205 Jr. Onno Steger; 28.8 minutes, 10.3 ppg on .358 from 3 (1.9 makes), 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 t.o.’s
#12 6-7 205 Sr. Marc Gosselin; 21.4 minutes, 5.7 ppg on .242 from 3 (0.4 makes), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 t.o.’s
#5 6-6 200 Fr. D.J. Myers; 19.4 minutes, 3.2 ppg, no 3’s, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 t.o.’s
#44 6-8 220 Jr. Adam Sledd; 8.9 minutes, 2.2 ppg, no 3’s, 1.9 rebounds

Guards:
#14 6-3 180 Fr. Kameron Gibson; 28.9 minutes, 12.8 ppg on .408 from 3 (2.3 makes), 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 ast, 2.4 t.o.’s
#2 6-1 170 So. Mark Halvorsen; 33.3 minutes, 12.6 ppg on .362 from 3 (2.6 makes), 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 ast, 2.8 t.o.’s
#21 6-3 180 So. Marcus Thomas; 17.1 minutes, 6.1 ppg on .219 from 3 (0.4 makes), 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 t.o.’s
#15 6-2 185 Fr. Josh Cottrell; 14.2 minutes, 4.1 ppg on .433 from 3 (1.2 makes), 0.6 rebounds, 0.8 t.o.’s

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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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