November 14, 20161st2ndFinal
Detroit Mercy334578
ETSU4364107
Stats at a GlanceDETMERCYETSU
FG Percentage.419 (26-62) .683 (41-60)
3P FG Percentage.545 (12-22) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.560 (14-25) .680 (17-25)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds1636
Total Rebounds2343
Turnovers1215
Steals47
Bench Points2147
LeadersDETMERCYETSU
PointsMCFOLLEY - 25
T.J. CROMER - 27
ReboundsJENKINS - 5
TEAM - 5
A.J. MERRIWEATHER - 7
AssistsJENKINS - 5
T.J. CROMER - 6
StealsWILLIAMS - 2
MCFOLLEY - 2
DESONTA BRADFORD - 1
A.J. MERRIWEATHER - 1
DAVID BURRELL - 1
DEVONTAVIUS PAYNE - 1
T.J. CROMER - 1
ISAAC BANKS - 1
JULIAN WALTERS - 1
BlocksHOGAN - 1
H. MOSQUERA-PEREA - 4
Detroit Mercy up next for Bucs Monday night
ETSU senior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea reacts following a dunk Friday night against Fordham.
Detroit Mercy up next for Bucs Monday night
Sunday, November 13, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 13, 2016) – After an impressive debut in a 37-point win over Atlantic 10 Conference opponent Fordham on Friday night, the ETSU men’s basketball team will return to Freedom Hall on Monday evening to host Horizon League foe Detroit Mercy. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

This will be the last home contest for the Bucs before they make a four-game road swing that will include stops at UNC Wilmington (Dec. 20) and a trip to the Sanford Pentagon Showcase in Sioux Falls, S.D., which will include games with Milwaukee (Nov. 25), South Dakota State (Nov. 26) and UC Irvine (Nov. 27). ETSU will return home on Dec. 1 to take on Lees-McRae.

Tickets for Monday’s game can be purchased by contacting the ETSU athletics ticket office at 423-439-ETSU (3878) or by visiting ETSUBucs.com and clicking on the tickets link.

For more on Monday’s game, read the game notes below or click on the game notebook link to the right. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2016-17 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.

 

Game Notes:

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.

 

Buc bits

In his first season as head coach of the ETSU men’s basketball program, Steve Forbes wasted little time reinvigorating the Buccaneers’ program with an energetic style of play, an engaging approach with the fan base, and plenty of success on the court … In all, the Bucs finished the 2015-16 season with 24 wins – which marks the program’s third highest win total in the modern era – and collected 14 victories in Southern Conference play, which is second only to the 15 collected by the Bucs’ 2003-04 squad … ETSU also reached the Southern Conference Tournament finals, which marked the 12th time the program has played in a conference championship game, and the team also earned a postseason tournament berth for the 14th time with an invite to the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament … Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Bucs will be losing players such as first-team All-SoCon performer Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.), 1,000-point club member Lester Wilson (Knoxville), high-flying dunk specialist Deuce Bello (Greensboro, N.C.), and steady point-guard presence Petey McClain (Mobile, Ala.) … Last year, Guyn averaged 18.3 points per game, while Bello and Wilson combined for another 16 points a contest … However, not all of the production from a year ago is gone, as All-SoCon selection T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) returns after averaging 14.9 points and a team high 3.1 assists per game a year ago … In addition, players such as All-SoCon Tournament selection Desonta Bradford (Humboldt), who averaged 7.6 points and 2.9 rebounds a year ago, and veterans like A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) and Isaac Banks (New Orleans, La.) will be back on the court for the Bucs … Post Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan) will also return after a season in which he showed marked improvement throughout and finished averaging 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game … Fans will also get to see two new players on the floor this year that sat out as redshirts a year ago … This duo includes transfers Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) from Indiana and Tevin Glass (Norcross, Ga.) from Wichita State … Perea and Glass are both post players who will quickly add depth and talent in the paint … Along with these eight returning players, the Bucs will also be adding six new recruits to the team, a group that includes a couple of Junior College All-Americans and a great deal of offensive firepower … The class is comprised of guards Devontavius Payne (Carbondale, Ill.), Julian Walters (Madison, Wis.), Jason Williams (Detroit), Jermaine Long (New Orleans) and transfer Kanayo Obi-Rapu (Greensboro, N.C.), along with forward David Burrell (Milwaukee).

 

The series vs. Detroit Mercy

This is the first meeting between the Bucs and the Titans.

 

Last time out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 11, 2016) – Talk about a nice debut for the ETSU men’s basketball team. ... Junior transfer David Burrell (Milwaukee) scored a game-high 21 points and five other teammates reached double figures, as the Buccaneers shot 63 percent from the field and opened Homecoming weekend by racing past Atlantic 10 Conference foe Fordham 96-59 Friday night inside Freedom Hall. ... The Bucs (1-0) trailed early on, but went to a new 1-3-1 zone early in the second half to surge ahead by as many as 37 points by the end of the game. Along with Burrell, senior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) finished with 16 points, junior guard Devontavius Payne (Carbondale, Ill.) netted 14, and senior guard A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) added 13. Meanwhile, both junior guard Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) and senior forward Isaac Banks (New Orleans) pitched in 10 points each. ... With Fordham expected to be aggressive thanks to their hounding man-to-man, trapping defense, the Bucs struggled to take the lead early in the game. In fact, with the Rams hitting their first five 3-pointers of the contest, Fordham built a lead of 18-13 with 12 minutes left before the break. ... However, at that point ETSU found its offensive footing, putting together a 12-5 run highlighted by dunks Merriweather and Burrell to make it 25-21 in favor of the Bucs. From there, another 13-5 run helped ETSU pull away further and ultimately the Bucs led 47-37 at the break. ... In the first half, both teams shot well from the floor, with Fordham hitting 54.2 percent of its shots from the field and 75 percent (6-of-8) from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Bucs were 17-of-29 from the field (58.6 percent) and 6-of-12 from 3-point range (50 percent). ... After the break, the Bucs confused Fordham by opening in a 1-3-1 zone defense that helped turn the ball over on multiple possessions and resulted in a 13-2 run to make it 60-39 with 15 minutes left in the game. ... At that point, Rams’ head coach Jeff Neubauer was hit with a technical foul for arguing a call from the bench, but instead of energizing his team, the Bucs proceeded to go on another 10-2 run to put the game away. ... Along with their six players in double figures, the Bucs also got seven points, five rebounds and four blocks from senior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia), while fellow senior forward Tevin Glass (Norcross, Ga.) had a team-high nine rebounds and three steals. Fordham was led by 18 points from Javonte Hawkins, while Antwoine Anderson and David Pekarek scored 11 points each. ... For the game, ETSU shot 52.2 percent from 3-point range (12-of-23), and held the Rams to just a 34.8 percent clip (8-of-23) in the second half. The Bucs also collected 11 steals on the night. ...    Other notable stats included a 30-14 edge for the Bucs in points off turnovers and a 46-13 advantage in bench points.

 

While newcomers shine, Bucs’ veterans come through

While much was made of newcomers such as David Burrell (Milwaukee) and Devontavius Payne (Cardondale, Ill.), returning players for ETSU provided as well in the win over Fordham ... Seniors T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.), A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) and Isaac Banks (New Orleans), as well as junior Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) combined to score 49 of the Bucs’ 96 points on the night. ... In addition, Bradford collected six assists and Cromer dished out three, while Banks, Merriweather and Bradford collected 10 rebounds as a group ... While the Bucs have high hopes for their eight new recruits, these numbers prove that the team’s returning players can also provide valuable production.

 

Basketball Times’ ranks ETSU JuCo recruiting class #2

In a Basketball Times’ story by Tony Jimenez earlier this year, ETSU head coach Steve Forbes and his staff are were praised for their recruiting efforts at the junior college level. ... In fact, the Bucs’ 2016-17 recruiting class -- which includes JuCo first team All-Americans -- was ranked No. 2 in the nation behind only Southeastern Conference member Arkansas ... The Bucs ranked ahead of schools such as Kent State, Houston and Utah ... In all, the Bucs’ seven-player recruiting class for this year included five junior college additions.

 

The wait is over: Mosquera-Perea, Glass set for debut

For the last year, ETSU fans have waited patiently as they watched senior posts Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) and Tevin Glass (Norcross, Ga.) sitting on the ETSU bench ... The two transfers -- Mosquera-Perea from Indiana and Glass from Witchita State -- are now eligible and the anticipation to see the two athletic players on the floor is growing ... Both will give the Bucs added size and depth on the inside this season, joining returning players such as senior posts Isaac Banks (New Orleans) and Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan).

 

Bucs picked second; Cromer, Mosquera-Perea

earn preseason All-SoCon accolades

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 26, 2016) – The ETSU men’s basketball team was picked to finish a close second behind Chattanooga in both the preseason coaches and media polls released Wednesday by the Southern Conference. ... ETSU was slotted second (74) and received two first-place votes in the coaches poll, along with four first place votes in the media poll. Head coach Steve Forbes led the Bucs to a 24-12 mark in his first season at ETSU. The Bucs went 14-4 in league play and advanced to the title game of the league tournament. ETSU advanced to the postseason in 2016 and participated in the Vegas 16 tournament. ... In addition, the Buccaneers’ placed senior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) and senior post Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) on the preseason All-SoCon team. Cromer was an all-conference selection a year ago, while Mosquera-Perea is entering his first season with the Bucs after starting at center for Big 10 Conference power Indiana earlier in his college career.

 

Forbes makes USA Today list of “coaches on the rise”

ETSU head men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes was recently named to USA Today’s list of 10 coaches on the rise heading into the 2016-17 season. Below is an excerpt from the story by Jon Rothstein and a link to the entire list: Which coaches are on the rise in college basketball? Check out our list below as we look at 10 coaches in the sport trending upwards. In no particular order … Steve Forbes, East Tennessee State: Forbes won 24 games in his first season as a head coach in Division I and should be a perennial contender in the SoCon. A tenacious recruiter when he was an assistant at both Tennessee and Wichita State, Forbes knows how to find players. The Bucs currently have three players on their roster — Peter Jurkin (Indiana), Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Indiana), and Tevin Glass (Wichita State) that were all recruited to play at a significantly higher level before Forbes lured them to East Tennessee State.

 

Halftime promotions for upcoming season unveiled

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2016) – Following the success of last season’s Johnson City Honda “So You Think You Can Sing?” Challenge, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Wednesday two new, in-game competitions that will begin with the season openers for the Buccaneers’ men’s and women’s basketball programs later this month. ... The Johnson City Honda “So You Think You’ve Got Talent?” Challenge will once again be comprised of one-on-one competitions between two contestants at halftime of men’s basketball games. In addition, the Johnson City Honda “So You Think You Can Shoot?” Challenge will feature one ETSU fan in a shooting competition at halftime of women’s basketball games. ... The “So You Think You’ve Got Talent” (#ETSUTalent) competition will feature a tournament-style bracket with winner’s advancing and one person ultimately being crowned the winner at the end of the regular season. The finalist for the #ETSUTalent competition will win a $4,000 grand prize, while the shooting competitors will vie for individual cash prizes at each game. There will also be special opportunities for contestants to double their money with randomly-selected shots. ... Fans interested in attempting to compete in the “So You Think You’ve Got Talent?” contest can call for more information and submit their audition tapes to Reed Darden by e-mailing dardeniii@etsu.edu or by calling 423-439-5286. Submissions should be made no later than Nov. 9, two days prior to the men’s basketball season opener versus Fordham on Nov. 11. Meanwhile, competitors for the “Shooting” contest will be selected via social media when they comment on ETSU athletics via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #IThinkICanShoot. ... While the “Shooting” competition will be determined on the floor, the #ETSUTalent competition winners at each game will be selected by ETSU fans. Following each performance, fans will be able to vote for their favorite performer for up to 24 hours following ETSU basketball games by visiting the ETSU Athletics Facebook page and “liking” their favorite performance via Facebook Live.

 

Bucs continue on 3-point streak list

Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 896 consecutive games. ... ETSU was 0-for-8 in that 1987 game.  ... The Bucs currently rank as the 7th longest streak in the NCAA.

 

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 last 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 Mississippi State back during the 2010-11 season, and the first win over Georgia Tech since the 1978-79 campaign.