|November 24, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||CSU|
|FG Percentage||.474 (27-57)||.527 (29-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.370 (10-27)||.579 (11-19)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (12-18)||.571 (8-14)|
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 23, 2015) – Having spent nearly a week on the road, the ETSU men’s basketball team faces the third and final game in this six-day swing Tuesday night when it travels to take on Charleston Southern.
Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. on the CSU campus, and the game will be available both on the Buccaneer Sports Network’s radio and on-line audio links, as well as on video streaming courtesy of BigSouthNetwork.com.
The Buccaneers (3-1) are coming off a dramatic win over Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Georgia Tech 69-68 on Sunday. Led by senior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.), the Bucs are hoping to return to Johnson City Tuesday night with another victory.
ETSU will be back at home on Saturday, Nov. 28 when they host UNC Wilmington at 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.
For more on Tuesday’s game, click on the game notebook link to the right or read the game notes below. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2015-16 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.
We are “ETSU”
The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to ask both the print and broadcast media to honor our request to be called “ETSU” ... East Tennessee State University in first reference is acceptable, but subsequent references should be ETSU ... On TV graphics please use ETSU ... Our nickname is the Buccaneers, but Bucs is also acceptable.
The Steve Forbes era begins
It seems like only yesterday that Steve Forbes was named the 16th head coach in the history of ETSU basketball back on March 30, 2015 ... But seven months later and the Bucs are ready to begin the Forbes’ era ... Having most recently served two seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State where he helped take the Shockers to the Sweet 16 in 2014-15, Forbes has been heralded for his 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 ... Complete bio information on Forbes can be found at ETSUBucs.com and general coaching records and other statistics are available on Page 2 and Page 5 of this media notes package.
Last time out
ATLANTA (Nov. 22, 2015) – It may be his first season with the ETSU men’s basketball team, but Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.) did not wait long to make some history. ... The senior transfer guard took over in the final minutes of Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech, ultimately hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with one second left on the clock to give the Buccaneers’ a dramatic 69-68 come-from-behind victory over the Yellow Jackets inside McCamish Pavilion. ... It was the first win for the Buccaneers over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since besting N.C. State in 1991, and is the program’s first win over Georgia Tech since the 1978-79 season. With the victory, ETSU improves to 3-1 on the season, while the Jackets drop to 3-1 on the year. ... Guyn finished with a game-high 24 points, but his play in the final minutes was exceptional. With Georgia Tech trying to maintain a precarious single-digit lead, Guyn scored eight straight points during one stretch to make it 63-62 in favor of the Tech. At that point, he blocked a shot, picked up the loose ball and found a streaking Deuce Bello (Greensboro, N.C.) for a go-ahead layup to make it 64-63 in favor of ETSU.
Tech later led 67-66 and had guard Marcus Georges-Hunt at the line for two free throws. Georges-Hunt missed the front end of the two-shot opportunity with eight seconds left, giving the Bucs a shot at the end. After a timeout, senior forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) in-bounded the ball to Guyn, who came off a ball screen from junior Isaac Banks (New Orleans, La.) before taking the game-winning shot from the top of the key. ... Along with Guyn, the Bucs got double-figure scoring from junior guards T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) and A.J. Merriweather (Jackson), both of whom finished with 12 points apiece. As a team, the Bucs played aggressively in the paint against the larger Yellow Jackets, finishing with a 36-22 advantage on points in the paint and a 14-6 edge on second chance points.
The series vs. Charleston Southern
In five previous meetings, ETSU holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series with Charleston Southern ... However, ETSU did drop the last meeting with CSU, falling 72-51 at home back on Dec. 18, 2012.
Last time out against Charleston Southern
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 18, 2012) – A 34-6 offensive run to end the first half and another 12-0 burst midway through the second half was too much for the ETSU men’s basketball team to overcome, as the Buccaneers dropped a 72-51 decision to an offensively streaky Charleston Southern squad inside historic Brooks Gym. ... In a non-conference battle between two teams that met earlier this season – a 59-57 win for ETSU back on Nov. 20 – the home-standing Bucs burst out to a 12-3 lead and looked good. However, at that point CSU ignited its offense and finished the first half with a 37-18 advantage. ... ETSU rallied in the second half to get to within eight points at 49-41, but Southern responded once again by outscoring the Bucs 23-10 the rest of the way to seal the victory.
Ge’Lawn doing it all for Bucs
Senior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn’s game-winning shot at Georgia Tech (11/22) is just the most recent indictation of the play he has displayed so far at ETSU ... Heading into the Charleston Southern matchup, Guyn leads the Bucs in scoring (19.5 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg), assists (3.0 apg) and blocks (1.5 bpg) ... The rebound and block numbers are most impressive considering Guyn plays the point guard position.
Bucs make history with win at Georgia Tech
While ETSU has enjoyed its share of wins over “major” opposition in the past, Sunday’s win over Georgia Tech marked the programs first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference school since defeating N.C. State back in 1991 ... It was also the team’s first win over a “Power 5” Conference team since dropping Arkansas back during the 2009-10 season, and the first win over Georgia Tech since the 1978-79 campaign.
It is a new day for the ETSU men’s basketball program, as the Buccaneers welcome first-year head coach Steve Forbes and his assistant coaching staff to the program for the 2015-16 season ... Forbes, a highly successful assistant coach at the Division I level at programs such as Tennessee, Wichita State and Texas A&M, wasted no time revamping the ETSU roster, as the program’s lineup has not seen this much restructuring since the start of the 1997 season ... Returning just six players from last season’s squad, Forbes and company have utilized their vast recruiting ties to bring in 10 new players to the program … This group of 10 will include four transfers from Division I programs such as Cincinnati, Indiana, Missouri and Witchita State, along with four junior college transfers and two incoming high school prospects.
Three-point streak for Bucs dates back nearly 20 years
Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 863 consecutive games. ... ETSU was 0-for-8 in that 1987 game. ... The Bucs currently rank as the 7th longest streak in the NCAA.
Bucs postseason resume ranks among mid-major bests
The ETSU men’s basketball team has enjoyed its share of postseason success and ranks as one of the nation’s most prestigious basketball programs ... The Buccaneers have earned berths to the NCAA Tournament nine times (1969, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) and NIT twice (1983, 2007) ... The Bucs made their second trip all-time to the CIT Postseason Tournament in 2014, marking the program’s 13th postseason tournament appearance all-time ... In the Bucs first CIT appearance in 2011, ETSU went 2-1 with wins over Furman and Ohio, advancing to the tournament semifinals before losing to Iona in a hard-fought 83-80 contest at the Dome ... In 2014, the Bucs went 1-1, defeating fellow Southern Conference member Chattanooga before falling to Towson in the quarterfinals.
Bucs picked 4th; Merriweather named All-SoCon
The ETSU men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference standings by both the league’s coaches and media, according to the preseason polls released by the league office on Thursday. ... While Chattanooga was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the league and the Mocs’ Casey Jones was selected as the preseason player of the year, ETSU junior guard A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) was named to the SoCon preseason all-conference team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams or student-athletes as part of the balloting.
Returning players to be counted on in ’15-16
As for returning players from last year’s squad who are expected to provide valuable minutes this year, junior forward A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) leads the group after averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds a year ago, while providing the Bucs valuable defensive skills with a 1.3 steals per contest … Along with Merriweather, the Bucs also return senior forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville), who averaged 12.6 points a game last season, senior guard Petey McClain (Mobile, Ala.), who finished with a team-high 3.1 assists per contest, sophomore guard Desonta Bradford (Humboldt), who averaged 4.1 points per game, and junior forward Isaac Banks (New Orleans, La.), who finished with 2.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game in limited action a year ago.
Newcomers galore for Forbes and company
While Merriweather, McClain, Wilson and Bradford return in the backcourt, the Bucs have also added a wealth of talent at those positions with the addition of a pair of Division I senior transfers Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.) from Cincinnati and Deuce Bello (Greensboro, N.C.) from Missouri … Both Guyn and Bello completed their degrees at their previous schools, meaning both are eligible to compete immediately at ETSU, and both are expected to play extensive minutes this season … In addition, junior college transfer T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) joins the Bucs after a successful career as a point producer at Columbia State, and true freshman Shemar Johnson (Columbus, Miss.) brings exceptional height to the wing position at 6-foot-6 … In the frontcourt, Banks is the lone returning player but is joined by 7-foot center Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan), who sat out last season with ETSU after transferring from Indiana … Along with those two, the Bucs have also added help for the inside game this season by signing junior college transfers Nigel Holley (Wilmington, N.C.) and Abednego “Benny” Lufile (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), as well as true freshman post Toriano Stokes (Memphis, Tenn.) … Beyond those players that will be eligible this season, the Bucs have also added Indiana transfer Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) and Wichita State transfer Tevin Glass (Greensboro, N.C.) who will miss this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Forbes announces signing of Williams Jr. to NLI
ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes and his staff announced Thursday that Jason Williams Jr. (Detroit, Mich.) has signed his national letter of intent to play for the Buccaneers beginning with the 2016-17 season. ... Williams, a 6-foot point guard out of Detroit Allen Academy, is entering his senior year of high school as a three-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer. In fact, Williams has a total of 1,259 points in three seasons at the prep level and is just 315 points shy of his school’s scoring record. In addition to those offensive numbers, Williams has also accumulated a school record 387 assists and 200 steals in his career, to go along with 292 rebounds. ... Williams is the first signee to the 2016-17 class.
Challenging schedule awaits new-look Bucs
As for the season itself, the Bucs will enjoy several quality matchups, including road games at Villanova (Nov. 20), Georgia Tech (Nov. 22) and Tennessee (Dec. 22), as well as home games against quality opponents such as Green Bay (Nov. 17), UNC Wilmington (Nov. 28), Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 18), Chattanooga (Feb. 13) and Wofford (Feb. 27). ... Even more exciting for the Bucs will be playing the Green Bay game as part of the ESPN 24-hour College Hoops Marathon, as the teams will square off at 6 a.m. on Nov. 17.
VIP Seen publishes first Game Time Magazine for hoops
For the first time ever, ETSU fans can get a comprehensive look at both the men’s ane women’s basketball teams by purchasing the first-ever collector’s edition of ETSU Game Time Magazine published by VIP Seen Magazine. ... Game Time is available for purchase at local Roadrunner Markets, Food City locations, and at the ETSU campus bookstore. ... Full of preseason information, rosters, players profiles, a spring preview, and more, Game Time Magazine makes a perfect gift for any ETSU fan.
Wilson eyeing program’s 3-point record
Already a 1,000-point scorer, senior forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) has an opportunity to put his name in the ETSU basketball record books again this season as the most prolific 3-point shooter in school history ... Currently ranking 5th on the career list with 217 makes from beyond the arc, Wilson finds himself 59 makes behind the program leader Courtney Pigram (Memphis), who made 276 3-pointers during his career from 2005-09 ... Wilson has averaged 70 makes a year during his previous three seasons at ETSU, meaning if he can replicate his “average” this year he should have a shot to take the top spot.