JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2014) – The ETSU men’s basketball team posted its best
offensive first half in nearly four years, scoring 61 points on its way to a
40-point halftime advantage and ultimately coasted to a 111-66 win over
non-conference opponent UVa.-Wise in the Buccaneers’ home opener Tuesday night at
ETSU connected on 14 3-pointers on the night, coming up just one shy of the school
record of 15, while shooting 51 percent from the floor in the first half and hitting
on 48 percent of its shots for the game. The Bucs – who last scored 100-plus points
in a 108-87 win over Tusculum back on Dec. 16, 2013 – held the Cavaliers to just 29
percent shooting, out-rebounded Wise 63-35, held an impressive 22-0 advantage in
fast break points, and outscored the Cavs 44-10 in the paint.
“I thought we did some good things and this was a good game to get back into the
flow of things,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team improved to 1-1 on
the year. “Obviously in our season opener at Valpo we didn’t defend well and a lot
of things didn’t go the way we wanted them to go. Tonight, to get a lot of guys into
the flow of the game, to hit 14 threes, to defend a little bit better, and to test
our press a little bit was good for us. This was a game we needed timing wise
because we’ve got two really good tests coming up.”
Senior guard Jalen Riley (Racine, Wis.) posted his second-straight 20-plus point
game with a game-high 21, while four other teammates eclipsed double figures on the
night. Junior forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) collected 18 points, senior guard
Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) and senior post Alex Bates (Greenbelt, Md.) both
netted a season-high 14, and sophomore guard A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) pitched in
10. Meanwhile, junior point guard Petey McClain (Mobile, Ala.) dished out a career
high 11 assists in the game, and sophomore guard Devin Harris (Tampa, Fla.) grabbed
a personal best 10 rebounds.
In the first half, the Bucs used an early 13-0 run to take a 13-9 advantage and
build it to 26-9 with 10 minutes left before the intermission. From there, the lead
grew to 25 at 45-20 before the Bucs ended the half on a 16-1 run to make 61-21 at
While Wise was able to basically match the Bucs offensively in the second half, the
game was all but decided at that point. For the game, ETSU dished out 25 assists on
42 made baskets, and committed just nine turnovers. The team shot 42 percent from
3-point range, and held Wise to just 28 percent from beyond the arc.
For the Cavs, Charles George led the way with 17 points, while Philip Owens II and
Oliver Thompson scored 16 and 14, respectively.
The Bucs will return to action inside Freedom Hall on Saturday evening, taking on
non-conference foe UNC Asheville at 7 p.m.