Men's Basketball Captures Southern Conference Title

Monday, February 26, 2001

Johnson City, Tenn. -- The East Tennessee State University mens basketball team earned its first Southern Conference regular-season championship since the 1991-92 season by finishing the 2000-01 campaign 13-3 in Conference action.

ETSU's 13 Conference wins tied for the most in program history, also reached during the 1993-94 season when the Bucs went 13-5 in SoCon action. Their Conference winning percentage (81.3) was the second best in program history. The 1989-90 and 1991-92 Bucs both went 12-2 (85.7) during the Conference slate.

Led by fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis, the Bucs completed the regular season at 18-9 overall with a 66-65 win at Wofford on Feb. 24. It was the Bucs seventh road win, the most by any Southern Conference member.

"I am really proud of this team," DeChellis said. "It is very difficult to win the Southern Conference regular season title. This team played hard all year and deserves this honor. We have accomplished one of our goals and now its time to go after the second, winning the Southern Conference Tournament."

East Tennessee State, the No. 1 seed from the North, will open the 2001 Mountain Dew/Southern Conference Tournament at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C. The Bucs will face the winner of Georgia Southern, the Souths No. 4 seed, and VMI, No. 5 seed from the North.

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Feb 26 Citadel 74
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Feb 27 Results
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Feb 27 ETSU 7
WTEN ETSU 6 Akron, Ohio
Feb 28 Akron 1
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Feb 28 3 of 9
BB Butler 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Feb 28 ETSU 4
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Feb 28 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 64
SB ETSU 10 5
Feb 28 Morehead St. 1
SB ETSU 5 Savannah, Ga.
Feb 28 UMBC 7
MBB ETSU 64 F
Feb 28 Mercer 69
BB Butler 9 Johnson City, Tenn.
Feb 28 ETSU 3
BB Butler 6 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 1 ETSU 12
BB Radford 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 3 ETSU 9
WTEN ETSU 3 Rock Hill, S.C.
Mar 4 Winthrop 4
BB ETSU 6 Asheville, N.C.
Mar 4 UNC-Asheville 8
WBB ETSU 73 Final
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