ETSU opens home schedule with 100-57 rout of Mars Hill
Freshman Aaron Scott eclipsed double figures for the first time in his young career, scoring 11 points Tuesday night.
Freshman Aaron Scott eclipsed double figures for the first time in his young career, scoring 11 points Tuesday night.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 25, 2003) - After enjoying a two-game road swing through Texas in which the East Tennessee State men's basketball team defeated Conference USA opponent Houston and battled Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Buccaneers opened their home schedule Tuesday night by easily dispatching NCAA Division II Mars Hill 100-57 at Memorial Center. Four Bucs eclipsed double figures in scoring to lead the way, with senior Jerald Fields (Gainesville, Fla.) posting a season-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. Along with Fields, sophomore Ben Rhoda (Dayton, Ohio) added 12 points, while the freshman duo of A.J. Jackson (Monessen, Penn.) and Aaron Scott (Houma, La.) netted 16 and 11 points, respectively. ETSU wasted little time taking the fight to the Lions, scoring the first 13 points of the game and opening the contest with an offensive flurry that left Mars Hill facing a 20-point deficit at 25-5 with 12:09 left in the first half. The Bucs did not let up from there, building their lead to 59-30 by halftime. "We were glad to have an opportunity to get some guys playing time," said ETSU first-year head coach Murry Bartow. "The trip back from Texas was long and our team needs some rest before the Wilmington game." Indeed, the Bucs used this contest with their nearby North Carolina neighbor as a tune up for Saturday's 4 p.m. game with UNC Wilmington, a team that has made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament over the last two years. The Bucs traveled to Wilmington last season and suffered a 78-59 loss. But on this night, every Buc player - with the exception of sophomore guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.), who missed the game with an ankle injury but is listed as probable for Saturday's game - saw action in the contest and contributed. While the trio of Fields, Jackson and Scott stood out, senior forward Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) finished the evening with nine points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Travis Strong (Memphis, Tenn.) and junior guard Sam Oatman (Neenah, Wisc.) each dished out a team-high four assists and scored seven points. The Bucs kept the pressure on Mars Hill in the second half, outscoring the Lions 41-27. In fact, ETSU eclipsed the 100-point mark with 23 seconds left when Jackson scored his final two points of the night. Mars Hill (0-3) was led by guards Ronald Lewis and Chris Conn, both of whom scored 13 points. Guard Richie Covington also added 10 rebounds. ETSU, which improves to 2-1, will return to action on Saturday when they host UNC Wilmington at Memorial Center. Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
MSOC Furman 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 15 ETSU 1
MTEN ETSU Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 16 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MTEN ETSU
Oct 17 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
WGOLF Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 17 15th of 16
WTEN ETSU
Oct 17 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MCC Catamount Classic Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 17 2 of 10
WCC Catamount Classic Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 17 1 of 10
MGOLF U.S. Collegiate Championship Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct 17 Results
VB Wofford College 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 17 ETSU 3
WSOC VMI 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 17 ETSU 7
WTEN ETSU
Oct 18 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MTEN ETSU
Oct 18 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MGOLF U.S. Collegiate Championship Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct 18 Results
VB Mercer University 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 18 ETSU 3
MSOC Wofford 3 2OT
Oct 18 ETSU 3
WTEN ETSU
Oct 19 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MTEN ETSU
Oct 19 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MGOLF U.S. Collegiate Championship Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct 19 12th of 15
WSOC UNC Greensboro 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 19 ETSU 3