0, 1st2ndFinal
Limestone302757
ETSU414485
Stats at a GlanceLCMB2016ETSU
FG Percentage.386 (22-57) .492 (31-63)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .455 (10-22)
FT Percentage.429 (6-14) .867 (13-15)
Offensive Rebounds714
Defensive Rebounds1932
Total Rebounds2646
Turnovers810
Steals44
Bench Points2951
LeadersLCMB2016ETSU
PointsMacoumba Kane - 12
T.J. CROMER - 21
ReboundsDonovan Harris - 8
TEVIN GLASS - 7
ISAAC BANKS - 7
AssistsKenny Hairston - 4
DESONTA BRADFORD - 8
StealsJustin Hollimon - 2
A.J. MERRIWEATHER - 2
BlocksDonovan Harris - 2
PETER JURKIN - 1
TEVIN GLASS - 1
H. MOSQUERA-PEREA - 1
Bucs welcome Limestone to Freedom Hall Sunday
Junior guard Desonta Bradford and the Bucs will face Limestone at Freedom Hall Sunday at 2 p.m.
Bucs welcome Limestone to Freedom Hall Sunday
Saturday, December 3, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 3, 2016) – The ETSU men’s basketball team will wrap up a short, two-game home stand on Sunday, as they host the Limestone College Saints inside Freedom Hall. Tip is set for 2 p.m.

The game will be streamed live via ESPN3, and can also be heard on radio thanks to the Buccaneer Sports Network’s affiliates or through live audio streaming courtesy of www.640wxsm.com. Also, Sunday’s game has been designated ETSU Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game, with all ETSU faculty and staff members receiving one free ticket to the game with the presentation of their university ID.

The Bucs, who improved to 6-1 on the year with a win over Lees-McRae College on Thursday, will embark on a three-game road trip following Sunday’s game and will not return home to play inside Freedom Hall again until a historic Dec. 22 matchup with in-state rival Tennessee.

At 6-1 on the year, second-year head coach Steve Forbes has the Bucs off to their best start since 1990-91, when that Bucs’ squad opened the year at 14-1.  That ETSU team ultimately rose to No. 10 in the national rankings. This year’s team is also reaping national attention, having risen to ninth nationally in the most recent CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.

For more on Sunday’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. Limestone

This will be the second meeting all-time between the Bucs and  Limestone ... ETSU leads the series 1-0, having dropped

the Saints 75-55 back during the 1997-98 season.

 

Last time out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 1, 2016) – Senior post Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and fellow senior T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) netted a team-high 20 points as the ETSU men’s basketball team rallied for an 85-80 win over Lees-McRae College Thursday night inside Freedom Hall. ... The Buccaneers, who improved to 6-1 on the season, trailed by as many as five with six minutes left in regulation, but closed the game on an 8-0 run to drop the Bobcats (1-6). ... Despite out-rebounding the Bobcats 47-28 and going 33-of-44 from the foul line compared to Lees-McRae’s 10-of-13 effort from the charity stripe, the Bucs looked on as the Bobcats’ bench players outscored ETSU 54-22 on the night. In fact, one of those bench players – guard Lepreece Lynch – finished with a game-high 25 points. ... After honoring Buccaneers’ legend and current Lees-McRae assistant coach Keith “Mister” Jennings prior to the game, ETSU opened up in impressive fashion, dominating on the boards and pulling ahead by 11 at 13-2. However, for the remainder of the first half, Lees-McRae methodically worked its way back into the game and ultimately led 41-40 at the break. ... While the Bucs outrebounded the Bobcats 26-17 in the first half, Lees-McRae countered that number by outscoring the Bucs 28-7 in bench points. In fact, in the first half, Lynch came off the bench to lead all scorers with 15 points, while Mosquera-Perea put up impressive first-half numbers with team highs for points (12) and rebounds (7). ... ,Following the halftime break, the Bucs again looked like they may be prepared to pull away, scoring the first seven points of the second half to lead 47-41. However, the Bobcats regrouped and regained the advantage by going on a 15-5 run to regain a 46-43 edge. ... The Bobcats ultimately led by as many as five at 77-72 with 5:46 left in regulation before the Bucs went on a 13-3 run to close out the game. Down the stretch, Mosquera-Perea twice scored – once on a dunk – while senior guard Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) and Cromer combined to go 4-for-4 from the line. Bradford finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. ... Along with Lynch, the Bobcats got 11 points from Jordan Turner.

 

Off and running: Bucs' start one of the best ever

At 6-1 so far this season, the Bucs are off to their best start since the 1990-91 ETSU team opened the year at 14-1 ... That group -- led by ETSU legend and current Lees-McRae assistant coach Keith “Mister” Jennings   -- went on to go 21-2 through their first 23 games and reached No. 10 in the national rankings ... That team also won a third straight Southern Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAAs for the third of four straight trips to March Madness.

 

Bucs currently ranked 9th by CollegeInsider.com

Following their season-opening win over Fordham, a victory over Detroit Mercy, and three-straight wins at the Sanford Pentagon Showcase, the the Bucs have moved up to No. 9 in the most recent CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll, which was released last Monday.

 

Bucs picked second; Cromer, Mos.-Perea earn honors

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.

 

Banks money so far this season from the field

The Bucs have posted high shooting percentages in two of their first three games this season, and much of that is due to the accurate efforts of the team’s inside players ... For instance, entering the Lees-McRae game, senior post Isaac Banks (New Orleans) is 21-for-27 from the field this season, ranking first in the country at 78 percent from the field ...  Along with Banks, players like fellow senior post Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) is 28-of-41 from the field for a .693 percentage.

 

Bucs ranking among nation’s best statistically

Entering last weekend’s Sanford Pentagon Showcase, the Bucs led the nation in field goal percentage, shooting a blistering 58.8 percent from the floor three games into the season ... Currently, ETSU ranks ninth nationally at 51.2 perent ... With a 68.3 percent clip in the game against UDM, ETSU came up just half a percentage shy of the program’s single game record ... Other categories where the Bucs are excelling include rebound margin, assists per game, and free throws made and attempted, among others ... A complete list of the Bucs’ current position in the national statistics can be found in the column to the left of this note.

 

Mosquera-Perea demonstrates dominance in Lees-McRae win

ETSU fans did not lack anticipation entering the season when it came to watching the play of Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Colombia) ... The senior transfer from Indiana was expected to dominate in the paint ... That’s what happened in the win over Lees-McRae ... Mosquera-Perea finished that game with his first double-double in an ETSU uniform, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

 

Depth, bench play coming through in the clutch for Bucs

The depth of the ETSU bench is becoming more apparent with each game this season ... Through the first seven games of the year, the Bucs’ bench players have outscored their opponents in six of seven contests ... For instance, in the win over UC Irvine (11/27), junior guard Julian Walters (Madison, Wis.) came off the bench to hit three critical 3-pointers in the game, and in the win over South Dakota State Jermaine Long (New Orleans) entered the game to post five rebounds, five points and two asissts in just 11 minutes of game action. ... Other players like Devontavius Payne (Carbondale, Ill.), who is averaging 9.3 points per game this year, and David Burrell (Milwaukee), who is averaging 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds a game, have also provided much-needed production.

 

ETSU offense thrives on assists, unselfish approach

Through seven games this season, the Bucs have dished out 120 assists on 196 total made baskets ... In other words, 61 percent of the time a made shot by the Bucs is coming off an assist ... Three times this season, the Bucs have eclipsed 20 assists, with those games coming against Fordham, Detroit Mercy  and South Dakota State.

 

While newcomers shine, Bucs’ veterans come through

Much was made of newcomers such as David Burrell (Milwaukee) and Devontavius Payne (Cardondale, Ill.) in the win over Fordham in the season opener ... However, 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.

 

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 ... In all, the Bucs’ seven-player recruiting class for this year included five junior college additions.

 

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.

 

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 902 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.