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Understaffed Bucs fall at Georgia

Published Monday 28 November 2022 8:42 am

ATHENS, Ga. – The ETSU men’s basketball team, without two key bench players, ran out of gas in the second half as the Buccaneers lost 62-47 at the Stegeman Coliseum near Georgia on Sunday afternoon.

Without the services of the guard DeAnthony Tipler (Ashland, Mississippi) and further Brock Jancek (Knoxville, Tennessee), the Buccaneers tied the game after a 36-point layup Josh Taylor (Atlanta) beginning of the second half. That’s as close as ETSU got as Georgia scored the next 12 points and held the Bucs to two field goals scored in the final 15 minutes en route to the 15-point win outside of conference.

The Bucs were led Jalen Haynes (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) when he scored a game-high 21 in 9-of-11 shooting Jordan King (Albany, New York) added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. After missing the last three games, Jaden Seymour (Charlotte, NC) returned to the Buccaneer lineup as he averaged six points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Bucs, who have lost three games in a row, improved to 3-4 this season while Georgia improved to 5-2. ETSU defeated Georgia a year ago in Athens, while Sunday’s win saw the Bulldogs level an all-time series 3-3.

ETSU shot 39 percent from the field (20-51) and 13 percent from across the arc (2-16). The Bulldogs finished with a 42 percent clip (24-57) from the ground and 30 percent from afar (9-30). The Bucs missed their first 11 three-pointers, while a make by King at the 7:28 mark in the second half extended the ETSU streak of at least one triple to 1,099 straight games.

For the first time this season, blue and gold were overtaken as Georgia finished 38-28 plus 10 on the glass. The Bucs were plus-six in the paint, 28-22, while the Bulldogs benched ETSU 27-2. Eleven of the Bucs’ 17 turnovers came in the second half, while Georgia scored 21 points from those ETSU miscues.

The first half was a game of runs as the Bulldogs used a 9-0 spark to take an early eight-point lead while ETSU responded with 12 straight points to take a 13th after a layup by Seymour on the 11th : 9 advantage to regain :24 mark. After the Bucs took a 15-11 lead, the Bulldogs rattled off 14 straight points to regain a 25-15 lead at 5:33 at halftime. ETSU reduced their deficit to three and went into the break with four points, 30-26.

In the second half, the Bucs equalized by 36 points, but without a couple of key scorers, ETSU went cold and Georgia pulled away. The Bulldogs used the 12-0 run to take a 48-36 lead, while the Bucs came within nine when King headed in the three with 7-28 to go. ETSU then went the next six minutes and twenty-six seconds without a field goal and the Bucs were unable to secure a win over a Power 5 opponent.

Georgia was led by Kario Oquendo with 16 points as he went 4 of 8 from beyond the arc while Justin Hill added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists from the bench.

ETSU returns to Freedom Hall for back-to-back home games beginning Wednesday night when the Bucs host Mars Hill. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m

For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, go to ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball page.