Men's Basketball Prepares for Davidson

Thursday, February 15, 2001

ETSU (15-9, 10-3 SoCon) vs. Davidson (11-15, 5-8 SoCon)

Saturday, February 17, 2001 - 3:00 p.m.

Johnson City, Tenn. - Memorial Center

Todays Game ... ETSU is 15-9 overall, 10-3 in the Southern Conference ... The Bucs have clinched a bye in the first round of the 2001 Mountain Dew Southern Conference Tournament ... ETSU hadnt won 10-or-more Conference contests since the 1993-94 season when it went 13-5 ... The Bucs are 7-1 against SoCon North teams ... The Bucs have swept their season series with Appalachian State and Western Carolina and split with UNC Greensboro ... ETSU has won 10 of its last 12 games ... Junior Dimeco Childress has made his last nine free throw attempts.

Winning Season ... With its 84-75 win against UNC Greensboro on Feb. 13, ETSU clinched a winning season -- its second in the past three seasons ... It is ETSUs second winning season under head coach Ed DeChellis and its 41st in program history ... The Bucs enjoyed five winning season during the 90s.

A Buccaneer Sharp Shooter ... Sophomore Ryan Lawson has tied a career high with four three-pointers in each of the last two games ... The Rogersville, Tenn. native, was 4-of-6 from behind the arc at Georgia Southern and 4-of-5 against UNC Greensboro ... He has led the team in scoring (17 and18 respectively) in those games ... Lawson ranks second on the team with 34 treys and leads the Bucs with a 39.5 3-pt. percentage.

Home Stretch ... Tonights game marks the middle game of ETSUs longest home stand -- three games -- of the 2000-01 season ... Following tonights contest, the Bucs will host VMI (Feb. 21) on Senior Night -- the Bucs final home game of the season ... After this streak, ETSU will complete its regular season at Wofford (Feb. 24).

Success in Johnson City ... Since head coach Ed DeChellis arrived in 1996-97, the Bucs are 42-20 (.677) in 62 home contests .... ETSU is 9-2 this season and was 8-5 last season, 10-4 in 1998-99, 9-3 in 1997-98 and 6-6 in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are undefeated during the Conference season in the Mini-Dome (6-0).

Entering the Record Book ... Senior Adrian Meeks has gathered 120 rebounds this season and has grabbed 600 in his career ... The Lexington, Miss. native, ranks ninth on ETSUs all-time rebounding list and is 29 boards behind Ernie Sims (1967-68) for eighth ... Junior Cliff Decoster has thieved 84 steals in his career and is three away from tying Buc standout and former assistant coach Jerry Pelphrey for 10th on ETSUs all-time steal list.

An Offensive Glass Cleaner ... Senior Renaldo Johnson leads the Bucs in rebounding (6.0/game) ... He has gathered 143 boards this season, 71 on the offensive end ... Johnson ranks third in the Southern Conference in offensive rebounds/game (3.0) ... The Montgomery, Ala. native, has grabbed seven-or-more boards in each of the last six games.

In Southern Conference Games ... Junior Dimeco Childress leads the Bucs in scoring with 11.9 points/game in SoCon action ... Senior Renaldo Johnson ranks second on the team with 11.1 points/game in Conference contests ... Johnson leads the team with 6.4 rebounds/SoCon game ... In 12 Conference contests, Johnson is shooting 65.2 percent (58-89) from the floor ... Sophomore Ryan Lawson has connected on 20 three-pointers in Conference action, including four in each of the last two games.

Recipe For Success ... When the Bucs accomplish certain feats they are a tough team to beat ... ETSU is 11-2 when it outrebounds the opponent and 10-2 when it holds the opponent to 39.0 percent-or-less shooting ... The Bucs are 14-2 when leading at the half ... ETSU is 7-0 when shooting 50.0 percent or higher and 8-0 when holding its opponent to 60-or-fewer points ... On an individual basis, the Bucs are 8-2 when Cliff Decoster scores in double figures and 8-1 when he leads the team in steals.

Stingy Defense ... After 24 games this season, the Bucs lead the Southern Conference in field goal percentage defense (39.9 percent) and rank second in scoring defense (65.6 ppg) ... The Bucs have allowed its opponent to shoot above 45 percent only twice in the past 14 games ... After 13 Conference contests, ETSU is holding its opponent to 39.4 percent from the field.

Southern Conference Leaders ... After 24 games this winter, ETSU ranks among the Southern Conference leaders in many categories ... ETSU leads the SoCon in field goal percentage defense (39.9 percent), scoring margin (+7.9) and steals/game (9.50) ... The Bucs rank second in field goal percentage (45.0), scoring defense (65.6 ppg), rebounding margin (+5.1) and turnover margin (+1.92) ... The Bucs rank third in scoring offense (73.5 ppg) and rebounding (39.1).

Individual Leaders of the SoCon ... Junior Dimeco Childress ranks 10th in the Southern Conference in scoring (13.6 ppg) ... Childress ranks eighth in 3-pt. field goals made (2.04) ... junior Cliff Decoster ranks 13th in assists (3.00 apg) and fourth in steals (1.88 spg) ... senior Renaldo Johnson ranks second in field goal percentage (59.0) and is tied for third with 2.96 offensive rebounds/game.

Starting Lineups ... The Bucs used the same starting lineup in the first five games and have used the same lineup in each of the last 18 contests ... Records of starting lineup: (Decoster, Childress, McDuffie, Meeks, Johnson - 1-4 / Games 1-5); (Decoster, Childress, Carson, Johnson, Seels - 1-0 / Game 6); (Decoster, Childress, Lawson, Meeks, Johnson - 13-5 / Games 7-24).

In the Southern Conference ... ETSU is 35-39 (.473) in the Southern Conference since head coach Ed DeChellis took over in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are 10-3 this winter ... ETSU opened this winters campaign with 11 consecutive non-conference games, going 5-6.

The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 64-71 (.474) record at ETSU ... He now ranks fifth all-time in victories ... Madison Brooks won 370 games from 1948-73 ... DeChellis came to Johnson City after 10 years as an assistant at Penn State University.

On the Bench ... Joining head coach Ed DeChellis and second-year assistant Hilliary Scott are two new assistant coaches for the 2000-01 season ... Tom Conrad comes to ETSU after serving the past four years as head coach at Charleston Southern ... Conrad led the Buccaneers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 1997 ... Scott Wagers also joins the staff, after serving as a high school head coach for the past nine years ... Wagers compiled a 120-24 record at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida in his five-year tenure.

The Buccaneer Radio Network ... WJCW-AM is the flagship station of the Buccaneer Radio Network. The network will broadcast every mens basketball game and the coaches show. Chip Kessler will serve as the Voice of the Bucs.

Medical Report ... The Bucs are operating at full strength.

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MCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 13 of 22
WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
MBB ETSU 76 F
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU