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East Tennessee State University Buccaneers
2015–16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers basketball team
East Tennessee State University Buccaneers athletic logo
University East Tennessee State University
First season 1918
All-time record 1,256-1,009 (.555)
Conference SoCon
Location Johnson City, TN
Head coach Steve Forbes (1st year)
Arena Freedom Hall Civic Center
(Capacity: 8,500)
Nickname Buccaneers
Colors

Navy Blue and Old Gold

            
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Alternate
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1968
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1992
NCAA Tournament appearances
1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
Conference regular season champions
1968, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are the basketball team that represents East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU currently competes in the Southern Conference as of July 1, 2014. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2010.

History[edit]

ETSU has been playing Division I basketball since the 1958–59 season when they joined the Ohio Valley Conference. In the 1979–1980 season ETSU joined the Southern Conference and after the 2004–2005 season they left the Southern Conference for the Atlantic Sun Conference. On July 1, 2014, they re-joined the Southern Conference.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Madison Brooks (1948–1973)
1958–1959 Madison Brooks 13–10 5–7 4th
1959–1960 Madison Brooks 9–14 2–10 7th
1960–1961 Madison Brooks 9–15 1–11 7th
1961–1962 Madison Brooks 11–14 3–9 6th
1962–1963 Madison Brooks 14–8 7–5 3rd
1963–1964 Madison Brooks 12–10 8–6 6th
1964–1965 Madison Brooks 6–17 4–10 7th
1965–1966 Madison Brooks 7–14 3–11 7th
1966–1967 Madison Brooks 17–9 8–6 3rd
1967–1968 Madison Brooks 19–8 10–4 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1968–1969 Madison Brooks 15–11 6–8 5th
1969–1970 Madison Brooks 15–11 8–6 3rd
1970–1971 Madison Brooks 12–12 8–6 4th
1971–1972 Madison Brooks 11–14 6–8 6th
1972–1973 Madison Brooks 9–17 2–12 8th
Madison Brooks: 370–263
Leroy Fisher (1973–1976)
1973–1974 Leroy Fisher 8–18 3–11 8th
1974–1975 Leroy Fisher 9–14 5–9 5th
1975–1976 Leroy Fisher 6–20 4–10 8th
Leroy Fisher: 23–53 12–30
Sonny Smith (1976–1978)
1976–1977 Sonny Smith 12–14 6–8 5th
1977–1978 Sonny Smith 18–9 10–4 2nd
Sonny Smith: 30–23 16–13
Jim Halihan (1978–1982)
1978–1979 Jim Halihan 16–11
1979–1980 Jim Halihan 15–13 8–7 4th
1980–1981 Jim Halihan 13–14 9–7 4th
1981–1982 Jim Halihan 13–15 8–8 4th
Jim Halihan: 57–53 25–22
Barry Dowd (1982–1985)
1982–1983 Barry Dowd 22–9 12–4 3rd NIT 1st Round
1983–1984 Barry Dowd 9–19 6–10 7th
1984–1985 Barry Dowd 9–18 3–13 9th
Barry Dowd: 40–46 21–27
Les Robinson (1985–1990)
1985–1986 Les Robinson 13–16 8–8 4th
1986–1987 Les Robinson 7–21 3–13 8th
1987–1988 Les Robinson 14–15 9–7 4th
1988–1989 Les Robinson 20–11 7–7 4th NCAA 1st Round
1989–1990 Les Robinson 27–7 12–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
Les Robinson: 81–70 39–37
Alan LeForce (1990–1996)
1990–1991 Alan LeForce 28–5 11–3 1st NCAA 1st Round
1991–1992 Alan LeForce 24–7 12–2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1992–1993 Alan LeForce 19–10 12–6 2nd
1993–1994 Alan LeForce 16–14 13–5 2nd
1994–1995 Alan LeForce 14–14 9–5 2nd (North)
1995–1996 Alan LeForce 7–20 3–11 T-5th (North)
Alan LeForce: 108–70 60–32
Ed Dechellis (1996–2003)
1996–1997 Ed Dechellis 7–20 2–11 5th (North)
1997–1998 Ed Dechellis 11–16 6–9 T–5th
1998–1999 Ed Dechellis 17–11 9–7 3rd (North)
1999–2000 Ed Dechellis 14–15 8–8 4th (North)
2000–2001 Ed Dechellis 18–10 13–3 1st (North)
2001–2002 Ed Dechellis 18–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2002–2003 Ed Dechellis 20–11 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA 1st Round
Ed Dechellis: 105–93 60–49
Murry Bartow (2003–2015)
2003–2004 Murry Bartow 27–6 15–1 1st (North) NCAA 1st Round
2004–2005 Murry Bartow 10–19 4–12 5th (North)
2005–2006 Murry Bartow 15–13 12–8 5th
2006–2007 Murry Bartow 24–10 16–2 1st NIT 1st Round
2007–2008 Murry Bartow 19–13 11–5 T–3rd
2008–2009 Murry Bartow 23–10 14–6 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
2009–2010 Murry Bartow 20–15 13–7 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
2010–2011 Murry Bartow 24–12 16–4 2nd CIT Semifinals
2011–2012 Murry Bartow 17–13 10–8 T-4th
2012–13 Murry Bartow 10–22 8–10 T–7th
2013–14 Murry Bartow 19–16 10–8 4th CIT 2nd Round
2014–15 Murry Bartow 16–14 8–10 5th
Murry Bartow: 224–169 127–81
Steve Forbes (2015–present)
2015–16 Steve Forbes 11-6 4-0
Steve Forbes: 11-6 4-0
Total: 1,256-1,009

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

The Les Robinson / Alan LeForce era[edit]

Commonly referred to as "The Glory Days" of ETSU basketball, between 1989 and 1992, ETSU won 4 straight Southern Conference titles while compiling 99 wins. During this 4-year period ETSU had wins over prestigious programs such as Arizona, NC State (3 times), Wake Forest, Cincinnati, BYU, Xavier, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tennessee (twice) and Memphis. ETSU also suffered their most famous loss when they lost by 1 point to top ranked Oklahoma as a 16th seed in the 1989 NCAA Tournament.

When Les Robinson left for NC State after the 1990 season, longtime assistant Alan Leforce took over a veteran team led by Senior Keith "Mister" Jennings. The team was ranked as high as 10th[1] in the nation during the 1991 season and finished the year 17th in the AP poll and 15th in the Coaches poll.[2] In the 1992 NCAA Tournament ETSU upset the Arizona Wildcats in the opening round, but eventually fell in the second round to the Michigan Wolverines and the Fab Five.

The Ed Dechellis era[edit]

In 1996 Ed Dechellis replaced Alan Leforce who resigned after the 1995–1996 season. In 2001 Dechellis led ETSU to their first regular season conference title since the 91–92 season. In 2003 Dechellis helped ETSU win their first Southern Conference Tournament title and first NCAA berth since 1992. ETSU faced Wake Forest University in the first round where they lost in the final seconds 73–76 after having a chance to win the game with the last shot. After the 2003 season Dechellis left for Penn State.

Dechellis complied 105–93 record at ETSU but is mostly remembered for bringing prominence back to the ETSU basketball program that had struggled after the 1993 season.

The Murry Bartow era[edit]

In 2003 ETSU hired Murry Bartow after Ed Dechellis took the head coaching position at Penn State. Bartow took over a senior led team that won 27 games and nearly went undefeated in conference play in his first season; additionally, ETSU won their second straight Southern Conference Tournament and headed back to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. ETSU had another close call in the 2004 NCAA Tournament when they lost to Cincinnati 77–80 in the closing seconds, much like the Wake Forest game the previous year.

In the 2005–2006 season ETSU left the Southern Conference to join the Atlantic Sun Conference after the school dropped football. During his time in the Atlantic Sun ETSU has received 4 postseason bids. Back to Back NCAA tournaments in 2009 and 2010, the NIT in 2007 and the CIT in 2011. The Buccaneers will rejoin the Southern Conference as part of reinstating the sport in 2016. After 12 years, an overall record of 224-169 (with a record of 16-14, 8-10 in SoCon play in the 2014-15 season), and three NCAA appearances at East Tennessee State, Bartow was fired due a five-season tournament drought with declining team performance, increasing fan apathy after the 2014-15 season, and the decision to head a new way with the program.[3]

The Steve Forbes era[edit]

After Murry Bartow was fired, Steve Forbes became the 16th head coach in ETSU's 95-year history on March 30, 2015. He served two seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State Shockers men's basketball where he helped take the Shockers to the Sweet 16 the past season before taking the ETSU job. Forbes' recruiting ties and his extensive background as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level – which included a five-year stop at the University of Tennessee – made him a perfect fit for ETSU, according to ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander.[4]

2015–16 roster[edit]

2015–16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 Cromer, T.J.T.J. Cromer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Albany, Georgia
G 1 McClain, PeteyPetey McClain 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Mobile, Alabama
G 2 Johnson, ShemarShemar Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Columbus, Mississippi
G 3 Guyn, Ge'LawnGe'Lawn Guyn 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Lexington, Kentucky
C 5 Jurkin, PeterPeter Jurkin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Juba, South Sudan
F 10 Banks, IsaacIsaac Banks 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr New Orleans, Louisiana
G 11 Bradford, DesontaDesonta Bradford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Humboldt, Tennessee
F 12 Mosquera-Perea, HannerHanner Mosquera-Perea 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Istmina, Colombia
G 13 Merriweather, A.J.A.J. Merriweather 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Jackson, Mississippi
G 14 Bello, DeuceDeuce Bello 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Greensboro, North Carolina
F 15 Wilson, LesterLester Wilson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Knoxville, Tennessee
F 21 Holley, NigelNigel Holley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Wilmington, North Carolina
F 24 Lufile, AbednegoAbednego Lufile 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Burlington, Ontario, Canada
G 30 Moore, StetsonStetson Moore 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr Knoxville, Tennessee
C 31 Stokes, TorianoToriano Stokes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
F 40 Glass, TevinTevin Glass 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Norcross, Georgia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jason Shay
  • Brian Collins
  • Brooks Savage

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 2, 2015

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 2–10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1968 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Florida State
Ohio State
Marquette
W 79–69
L 72–79
L 57–69
1989 #16 First Round #1 Oklahoma L 71–72
1990 #13 First Round #4 Georgia Tech L 83–99
1991 #10 First Round #7 Iowa L 73–76
1992 #14 First Round
Second Round
#3 Arizona
#6 Michigan
W 87–80
L 90–102
2003 #15 First Round #2 Wake Forest L 73–76
2004 #13 First Round #4 Cincinnati L 77–80
2009 #16 First Round #1 Pittsburgh L 62–72
2010 #16 First Round #1 Kentucky L 71–100

NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1957 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Centenary
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 62–61
L 73–84

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament three times. Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1953 First Round Arizona State L 79–81
1954 First Round Southwest Missouri State L 72–77
1956 First Round Gustavus Adolphus L 60–80

NIT results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round Vanerbilt L 73–79
2007 First Round Clemson L 57–64

CIT results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 3–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Furman
Ohio
Iona
W 76–63
W 82–73
L 80–83
2014 First Round
Second Round
Chattanooga
Towson
W 79–66
L 77–83

Team records[edit]

Career leaders[edit]

Career Scoring Leaders
Seasons Player Points
2002–06 Tim Smith 2,302
1988–92 Greg Dennis 2,204
2006–09 Courtney Pigram 2,041
1987–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 1,988
1988–92 Calvin Talford 1,872
1959–61 Tom Chilton 1,801
2007–11 Mike Smith 1,783
1980–83 Troy Mikell 1,684
2000–04 Zakee Wadood 1,382
1967–69 Harley "Skeeter" Swift 1,367
Career Rebound Leaders
Seasons Player Rebounds
1964–67 Tommy Woods 1,034
1988–92 Greg Dennis 895
1977–80 Scott Place 825
2000–04 Zakee Wadood 822
2003–07 Brad Nuckles 791
2008–12 Isiah Brown 790
2007–11 Mike Smith 783
2000–04 Jerald Fields 717
1972–74 Ron Mitchell 673
1974–77 Bob Brown 637
Career Assist Leaders
Seasons Player Assists
1987–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 983
2002–06 Tim Smith 508
2006–09 Courtney Pigram 416
2009–12 Adam Sollazzo 409
1980–83 Marc Quesenberry 363
1984–87 Carniel Manuel 322
1997–99 Greg Stephens 265
2007–11 Mike Smith 245
1995–99 Kyle Keeton 240
1983–86 Wes Stallings 239
Career Steals Leaders
Seasons Player Steals
1987–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 334
2002–06 Tim Smith 313
2000–04 Zakee Wadood 246
2006–09 Courtney Pigram 232
1991–94 Trazel Silvers 183
2000–04 Jerald Fields 167
2009–12 Adam Sollazzo 148
2007–11 Mike Smith 146
1988–91 Alvin West 134
1995–99 Kyle Keeton 132
1999-03 Ryan Lawson 129
Career Blocks Leaders
Seasons Player Blocks
2008–12 Isiah Brown 183
2000–04 Zakee Wadood 182
1988–92 Greg Dennis 174
2000–04 Jerald Fields 167
2003–07 Brad Nuckles 158
2005–08 Andrew Reed 84
1993–96 Justin McClellan 83
1993–96 Phil Powe 78
1991–92 Rodney English 71
2008–09 Greg Hamlin 69
1988–92 Marty Story 69
Career FG% Leaders (min 200 Made)
Seasons Player FG%
1993–96 Phil Powe .638
1974–77 Bob Brown .623
1974–75 Morris Tampa .611
1983–86 Calvin Cannady .610
2005–06 Dillion Sneed .598
1991–92 Rodney English .570
2000–04 Jerald Fields .567
1980–83 Troy Mikell .552
2008–12 Isiah Brown .551
1987–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings .549

Single game leaders[edit]

Most Points in a game
Date Player Points Opponent
2/5/1961 Tom Chilton 52 Austin Peay
2/24/1961 Tom Chilton 47 Western Kentucky
2/16/2002 Dimeco Childress 42 Western Carolina
2/26/1960 Tom Chilton 42 Middle Tennessee
2/26/2005 Tim Smith 41 Georgia Southern
Most Rebounds in a game
Date Player Rebounds Opponent
1964–65 Tommy Woods 38 Middle Tennessee
1956–57 Herb Weaver 32 Milligan
1964–65 Tommy Woods 32 East Carolina
1956–57 Herb Weaver 31 Kentucky Wesleyan
1954–55 Dick Creech 30 Middle Tennessee
Most Assists in a game
Date Player Assists Opponent
1990–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 19 Appalachian State
2/24/2007 Courtney Pigram 18 Mercer
1990–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 18 The Citadel
1990–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 16 VMI
1990–91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 15 Chattanooga

Record home crowds[edit]

Top 8 all-time home crowds to attend an ETSU basketball game in Johnson City.

Rank Attendance Event Date
1 12,884 Chattanooga vs. ETSU Feb. 4, 1991
2 12,240 NC State vs. ETSU Dec. 29, 1990
3 12,208 VMI vs. ETSU Feb. 25, 1991
4 11,341 Southern Mississippi vs. ETSU Dec. 7, 1991
5 11,189 Appalachian State vs. ETSU Feb. 1, 1992
6 10,727 Chattanooga vs. ETSU Jan. 20, 1992
7 10,607 Appalachian State vs. ETSU Jan. 5, 1991
8 10,475 Appalachian State vs. ETSU Feb. 17, 1990

ETSU players in the NBA and ABA[edit]

3 players from ETSU have played in the NBA & ABA [5] and a total of 8 players have been drafted.[6]

  1. Tommy Woods 1968[7]
  2. Skeeter Swift 1970 to 1974 [8]
  3. Keith "Mister" Jennings 1993 to 1995 [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  2. ^ "1990-91 Southern Conference Season Summary | College Basketball at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  3. ^ Bartow, Murry (March 13, 2015). "ETSU announces Bartow will not return for 2015-16 season". Etsubucs.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  4. ^ Steve Forbes. "Steve Forbes - Men's Basketball Coaches - Official Site of East Tennessee State Athletics". Etsubucs.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  5. ^ "NBA & ABA Players Who Attended East Tennessee State University". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  6. ^ "NBA Draft Picks From East Tennessee State University". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Tommy Woods NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Skeeter Swift NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Keith Jennings NBA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 

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