|February 13, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UTC||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.440 (22-50)||.473 (26-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.389 (7-18)||.222 (4-18)|
|FT Percentage||.806 (25-31)||.632 (12-19)|
- 25||Ge'Lawn Guyn
- 11||Isaac Banks
- 3||Petey McClain
T.J. Cromer - 3
Tre' McLean - 4
- 2||Desonta Bradford
Isaac Banks - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 12, 2016) -- This is the game every ETSU men’s basketball fan has been waiting for – and it’s only 24 hours away.
Head coach Steve Forbes and his Buccaneers will host arch rival Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall, with a share of first place in the Southern Conference standings on the line. The game is being promoted as a “Gold Out” game and fans are encouraged to wear their favorite gold apparel to the contest.
This historic SoCon rivalry game will air on Fox Sports Southeast as well as other national cable carriers, while also being available on the Fox Sports live streaming app and on ESPN3.com outside of the southeast region. In addition, the Buccaneer Sports Network’s live radio call of the game will be available on the network’s affiliate stations and on the live audio streaming link at ETSUBucs.com.
To help with finding the television broadcast, channels that could be carrying the feed (depending on individual providers and viewer cable packages) include: DirecTV 649, 662, 676, 678, 679, 694; DISH 431, 437, 416, 408 or Charter 37, 322, 811.
Because of the large crowd that is expected to fill Freedom Hall tomorrow, fans are being asked to arrive early to make entry into the building as easy as possible. In addition, fans can streamline their arrival by purchasing their tickets on-line at ETSUBucs.com and using the “print at home” feature to make sure your tickets are in hand before arriving at the arena.
The highest attended SoCon game of the season was the Bucs trip to Chattanooga, when 5,003 fans were present. The Bucs are aiming to top that number on Saturday.
For more on this highly-anticipated matchup, read the game notes below or click on the game notebook link to the right. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the remainder of 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
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2016) – With a matchup against rival Chattanooga looming on Saturday, the ETSU men’s basketball team needed overtime but managed to outlast Samford 94-90 in Southern Conference action inside Freedom Hall. ... Despite watching Samford’s freshman post Wyatt Walker score a career high 30 points and basically take over the game in the second half, the Buccaneers overcame that individual performance by placing four of their own players in double figures, led by a team high 25 points from senior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.). Guyn finished the game with nine of the Bucs final 11 points in overtime and hit four straight free throws in the waning seconds to ice the win. ... Along with Guyn, the Bucs got 17 points from junior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.), 12 from junior post Isaac Banks (New Orleans, La.) and 10 from sophomore guard Desonta Bradford (Humboldt). ... In overtime, both teams traded a pair of baskets before a 3-pointer and two free throws from Guyn made it 88-83 in favor of ETSU. Samford still kept the game within two points from there, but Guyn made four straight at the line to keep the Bucs ahead.
The series vs. Chattanooga
In what is widely considered the longest and most heated rivalry in ETSU basketball history, the Bucs and Mocs have met 79 times with ETSU trailing the all-time series 34 to 45 ... The two teams shared the same conference from 1979 to 2005, spending several years battling in the Southern Conference ... The Mocs have won the last three games in the series, including a 94-84 win in Chattanooga on Jan. 16, 2016.
Last time out against Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 16, 2016) – Chattanooga’s Tre’ McLean scored a career high 29 points and the Mocs opened the second half with a decisive offensive run to take a 94-84 win over the ETSU men’s basketball team in a matchup of Southern Conference rivals inside McKenzie Arena. ... Chattanooga was powered by a 54 percent shooting percentage from the field, a 55 percent clip from 3-point range, and an 81 percent effort from the foul line. While the Bucs out-rebounded the Mocs 34-32 and committed just 11 turnovers for the game, ETSU head coach Steve Forbes said Chattanooga’s shooting numbers were just too much to overcome. ... Along with McLean, the Mocs got 20 points from preseason All-SoCon center Justin Tuoyo, while guard Eric Robertson added 15. For the Bucs, senior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.) finished with a team-high 21 points, while junior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) netted 19, senior guard Deuce Bello (Greensboro, N.C.) pitched in 15 and sophomore guard Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) finished with 12. ... The first half was an entertaining scoring fest for both sides. While the Bucs initially started out slowly and fell behind 24-14, they used a 20-6 run midway through the half to take a 34-30 advantage with five minutes left before the break. UTC recovered at that point, regaining the advantage at 45-43 by the intermission. ... Unfortunately for the Bucs, UTC came out on fire in the second half, opening with an 11-0 offensive run to build a 13-point lead at 56-43 with 15 minutes left in the game. The Bucs couldn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way.
ETSU and Chattanooga similarities striking
The rivalry between the Buccaneers and Mocs is in many ways directly related to the similarities between the programs. Both teams’ successes have mirrored each other:
Overall championships 21 28
Regular Season (to include North Titles) 12 18
NCAA Appearances 9 10
Sweet 16 Appearances 1 1
Players of the Year 9 5
Coaches of the Year 8 6
The two teams have met five times in tournament title games, with ETSU holding a 3-2 advantage in those matchup, winning in 1992, 2003 and 2004, while the Mocs have victories in 1983 and 1993. Over a 17-year span from 1981 to 1997, the Bucs and Mocs represented the SoCon in the NCAAs a remarkable 12 times (ETSU four times and Chattanooga eight times).
Bucs playing well inside Freedom Hall this season
Having posted a 9-1 record at home this year, the ETSU men’s baskteball team has shown a propensity to play well inside Freedom Hall ... A look at the team’s home statistics show the Bucs shooting 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range as a team, while out-rebounding opponents 399-358 and posting an impressive scoring margin of +51.1 ... Individually, several Bucs having enjoyed playing in Freedom Hall ... In particular, senior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.) has shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, and is averaging 19.7 points per game at Freedom Hall ... In addition, junior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany Ga.) is shooting 50 percent from the floor, while senior forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville) has posted a 44 percent clip from 3-point range at home.
SoCon POTW Ge’Lawn Guyn doing it all for Bucs
The SoCon player of the week for Jan. 19-25, senior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn’s game-winning shots at Georgia Tech (11/22) and at home in the Bucs’ win over Mercer (1/21) are just two of the most obvious indictations of the play and leadership he has displayed so far at ETSU ... Heading into the UTC matchup, Guyn leads the Bucs in scoring (17.6 ppg), blocks (0.9 bpg) and steals (1.1), and is third on the team in rebounding (3.9 rpg), and assists (1.9 apg) ... In the Bucs’ wins over UNC Greensboro (twice), Mercer and The Citadel, Guyn made several clutch shots, including game-saving baskets in regulation and game-winning scores in overtime.
Cromer meeting expectations, earns SoCon POTW
When transfer junior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) joined the Buccaneers, he was touted as a scoring threat and a player that would provide some offensive bunch ... He has lived up to that billing, and is currently second on the team with 15.8 points per game and is leading the team with 3.0 assists per contest ... Recently, Cromer hit the game-winning shot against UNC Greensboro (1/9), scoring 20 points and dishing out a career high six assists ... He then followed up that performance with a game-high 23 points and tied the school record for 3-point field goal percentage in a game with a 6-of-7 effort (.875) from outside the arc in the win over VMI (1/11).
Bucs “bank”ing on production from junior Isaac Banks
In recent games, junior forward Isaac Banks (New Orleans, La.) has definitely stepped up his production ... He posted a double-double with 11 rebounds and a career high 20 points in the win over The Citadel (1/23) ... He also had a career high 14 rebounds in the win over Mercer (1/21), a double-double effort of 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win over N.C. Central (1/4), and a 10-point, seven-rebound showing in the win over Western Carolina (1/2) are showing that Banks’ output may be a trend and not a fluke ... In the Bucs win over Samford (1/14), Banks had 11 points and nine rebounds ... For the year, Banks is averaging 6.3 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.
Dishing out the assists
As the Bucs adjust and learn the new offensive system of first-year head coach Steve Forbes, the “buy-in” is starting to show up on the stat sheets ... In an eight-game stretch from 12/30 to 1/21, the Bucs enjoyed an efficient offensive approach, dishing out a total of 114 assists, for an average of 14.2 assists per game during that time. ... Prior to those eight outings, ETSU had averaged just over 12 assists per game. ... The team dished out a season-high 19 assists against Western, followed by 16 against N.C. Central, and 18 each in wins over UNCG and VMI.
Wilson waking up offensively, eyes 3-point record
It was a slow start to the year for senior forward Lester Wilson (Knoxville), but fortune has taken a turn for the veteran player in recent games ... Scoring 89 points in his last 11 games, Wilson is averaging 9.0 points per contest and has hit 26 3-pointers in that span, regaining an opportunity to become the program’s leader in 3-point baskets ... With a total of 252 makes from Wilson finds himself 24 makes behind the program leader Courtney Pigram (Memphis), who had 276 3-pointers during his career from 2005-09 ... Wilson has averaged 70 makes a year during his previous three seasons at ETSU, but was averaging just 1.0 3-pointer a game prior to his last eight outings ... Now, his average has moved up to 1.8 a game ... He would have to average a healthy 3.6 makes per game during the remainder of the regular season to catch Pigram on the all-time list.
Powering up in the Paint
Rebounding concerns weighed on the Buccaneers earlier this season, but in recent games the Bucs have appeared to make significant strides on the glass ... In particular, ETSU dominated the paint in the 88-51 win over VMI, outrebounding the Keydets 46-26 ... In that game, the Bucs held a 33-21 on the defensive glass and a 13-5 advantage on the offensive boards ... In the Bucs’ 16 wins this season, the team holds an overall +4.4 rebound advantage, compared to a -7.8 margin in their nine losses.
Bucs make history with win at Georgia Tech
While ETSU has enjoyed its share of wins over “major” opposition in the past, the Bucs’ win over Georgia Tech earlier this season 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.
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 884 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.