Bucs still alive in SoCon Tournament, push past UNCG to semifinals

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WJHL) — The ETSU Bucs continued their positive momentum in the 2024 Ingles SoCon Basketball Championships, shooting past No. 2 seed UNC Greensboro, 73-62.

It’s the Bucs’ second win in as many days in Asheville, after a first round win against VMI 98-66 on Friday night.

ETSU advances to SoCon quarterfinals after convincing win over VMI

The Spartans jumped out to a 9-5 edge, as both squads started slowly on offense. However, a Maki Johnson triple inched the Blue and Gold ahead, 12-9, as the Bucs never trailed again.

“We got two dubs,” said ETSU junior Jaden Seymour. “We haven’t done the whole time [I’ve been] here. So, it’s really kind of special, to be honest. So, [we] just came a long way.”

ETSU was paced by 24 points from Ebby Asamoah, while Quimari Peterson added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in the victory.

“We started off with a good rhythm to start the game,” Asamoah explained. “I felt like all the wheels on the engine was going. So, we’re just playing good, man. I was just playing within the flow of the game, to be honest.”

“Just knowing like – we’re all older guys and you just know that you have to have the chemistry to go far in this tournament,” Peterson said. “That’s how we win.”

The Bucs became the fourth No. 7 seed to pull off a quarterfinals upset in the last five tries, as the team tied its season-long win streak of four games.

“As a first-year head coach, there’s no other group I’d rather be doing it with,” Brooks Savage said. “And these guys are tough. They believe in what we’re doing. They’ve had blind trust in me the whole time – so extremely grateful for that.”

“We’ve just continued to stay together and here we are,” he continued. “So, you know, I don’t know what happens if you do stay together, but I know what happens if you don’t and we’ve hung in there and – [we’re] playing well.”

The Bucs will play third-seeded Chattanooga in the semifinals Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.

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