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2011-2012 Season Volume I

Bucs’ Health Issues No Problem in Preseason Finale By: Zack Vance

Even with two of their best players out due to injury, the ETSU men’s basketball team showed its depth with an 87-59 romp over Division II Carson-Newman at the MSHA Athletic Center Saturday afternoon. “Everybody was talking about people being hurt, but we showed we have players that can step up and play well,” senior forward Isiah Brown said. “It was a win, and whenever we’re at home, we make sure we do what we got to do.” Starter Adam Sollazzo injured his ankle earlier in the week during practice, and junior guard Marcus Dubose, who scored 30 points in the game last week, is dealing with a rib injury.

Even though neither of those players were able to participate, the 6-foot, 8-inch Brown decided to take the reins. Brown posted a double-double, scoring 19 points and snatching 12 rebounds. He was 6-for-8 from the field and flushed seven free throws on a night that fans saw Bucky the mascot retire. Red-shirt junior Jarvis Jones began the Bucs’ dominance scoring eight points in the first five minutes, and finishing the game with five 3-pointers. Jones compiled 19 points and played a team-high 29 minutes, taking place of the injured Sollazzo. “One of the big things this year was who was going to score after losing the guys we lost, and I thought that game tonight for Jarvis (Jones) was huge to give him a confidence boost as we head into next week,” Bartow said.

Head coach Murry Bartow said he hopes that the injured Sollazzo and Dubose will be able to return sometime during the middle of next week before the Buccaneers open their season with a visit to ACC powerhouse Virginia Tech on Nov. 12, although Dubose may have a tougher time of it.

The Bucs’ early momentum led them to a 20-point lead at the halfway point of the first period and eventually gained a 36-point lead with 15 minutes left in the second period. A total of four players for ETSU scored in double-digits, including junior Sheldon Cooley racking up 17 points and true-freshman Rashawn Rembert scoring 14.

“He’s going to have to play through some pain,” said Bartow after the game. “We’re going to see just how much it will be.”

The blue-and-gold shot 40.5 percent from beyond the arch, and had a 43.5 percent field goal percentage. The Bucs outrebounded the Eagles 44-27, and tallied

15 second-chance points. “On any team when you take some of your best players out, it makes it real difficult. So, for us to be any good, we have to have those guys back, and I thought we scrapped and competed really hard without them,” Bartow said.

2011-2012 Bucs Schedule Tuesday, Nov. 29............................ at Troy Thursday, Dec. 1......................... at Stetson Saturday, Dec. 3........................... at FGCU Wednesday, Dec. 7 ........ at Tennessee Tech Saturday, Dec. 10....... at Appalachian State Monday, Dec. 19........................... Milligan Friday, Dec. 23....................... at Tennessee Sunday, Jan. 1........................... at Clemson Wednesday, Jan. 4................... USC Upstate Saturday, Jan. 7................................ Mercer Monday, Jan. 9.................. Kennesaw State Saturday, Jan. 14 ................. at Jacksonville Monday, Jan. 16................ at North Florida Saturday, Jan. 21......................... Lipscomb Monday, Jan. 23............................. Belmont Friday, Jan. 27 .................... at USC Upstate Monday, Jan. 30................. James Madison Saturday, Feb. 4.............. at Kennesaw State Monday, Feb. 6............................ at Mercer Saturday, Feb. 11................... North Florida Monday, Feb. 13...................... Jacksonville Saturday, Feb. 18....................... at Belmont Monday, Feb. 20...................... at Lipscomb Thursday, Feb. 23............................ Stetson Saturday, Feb. 25.............................. FGCU Feb. 29-March 3. Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament ...................................................................... Macon, Ga., TBA Home games in bold // All games listed Eastern Standard Time

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES ... 1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010


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2011-2012 Season Volume I

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Head Coach Murray Bartow ETSUBUCS.COM

Murry Bartow became the 15th head coach in the 81-year history of East Tennessee State University men’s basketball on April 22, 2003, and he has wasted little time making a place for himself in the rich history of Buccaneer hoops. Since joining the ETSU family, Bartow has posted the school’s best winning percentage by a coach with five or more years of service, winning 62 percent of his games (162-99). He eclipsed 100 wins at ETSU and 200 wins for his career during the 2008-09 season, and his Buccaneer teams have averaged just under 20 wins a season since Bartow arrived in Johnson City. In addition, his ETSU teams – which have eclipsed 20 wins in five of his eight seasons on the bench – have won the Southern Conference championship in 2004, the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title in 2007, and back-to-back A-Sun Tournament championships in 2009 and 2010. Bartow hopes to gain another A-Sun Title this year.

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES ... 1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010


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