2015–16 Alcorn State Braves basketball team

The 2015–16 Alcorn State Braves basketball team represented Alcorn State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Braves, led by first year head coach Montez Robinson, played their home games at the Davey Whitney Complex in Lorman, Mississippi and were members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Braves finished the season 15–15, 13–5 in SWAC play to finish in second place. They lost to Mississippi Valley State in the quarterfinals of the SWAC Tournament.

2015–16 Alcorn State Braves basketball
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ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
2015–16 record15–15 (13–5 SWAC)
Head coachMontez Robinson (1st season)
Assistant coaches
  • Terrance Chatman
  • Alexander Ireland
  • Cabral Huff
Home arenaDavey Whitney Complex
Seasons
2015–16 SWAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Texas Southern 16 2   .889     18 15   .545
Alcorn State* 13 5   .722     15 15   .500
Jackson State 12 6   .667     20 16   .556
Southern 11 7   .611     22 13   .629
Alabama State 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Prairie View A&M 7 11   .389     7 24   .226
Alabama A&M 6 12   .333     11 18   .379
Arkansas–Pine Bluff 6 12   .333     8 25   .242
Mississippi Valley State 6 12   .333     8 27   .229
Grambling State 4 14   .222     7 24   .226
*ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
2016 SWAC Tournament winner

The Braves were ineligible for NCAA postseason play due to APR violations.[1]

Previous seasonEdit

The Braves finished the 2014–15 season 6–26, 4–14 in SWAC play to finish in ninth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the SWAC Tournament where they lost to Texas Southern.

On January 6, 2015, head coach Luther Riley took a personal leave of absence.[2] Assistant coach Shawn Pepp led the Braves in Riley's absence. On March 23, 2015, it was announced that Riley's expiring contract would not be renewed.[3]

On April 27, 2015 Montez Robinson was named head coach.[4]

RosterEdit

Number Name Position Height Year Hometown
0 Tyrel Hunt Forward 6–5 Junior Queens, New York
1 Malachy Onwudiegwu Guard 6–2 Junior Baltimore, Maryland
2 Shawn Willett Guard 6–3 Freshman Palm Bay, Florida
3 Tamarcio Wilson Guard 6–2 Senior Lexington, Mississippi
4 DeAndré Davis Forward 6–7 Junior Spotsylvania, Virginia
10 Devanté Hampton Guard 6–1 Senior Memphis, Tennessee
11 Juwan Henderson Guard 5–9 Sophomore Atlanta, Georgia
12 Rahamanh Katumbusi II Guard 6–2 Freshman Chicago, Illinois
22 TyQuayion Smith Forward 6–6 Freshman Jackson, Louisiana
23 Keynan Pittman Forward 6–10 Senior Wilmington, North Carolina
24 Reginald Johnson Forward 6–5 Sophomore Monroe, Louisiana
30 Marquis Vance Forward 6–7 Junior Tchula, Mississippi
35 Octavius "Trey" Brown Forward 6–8 Senior Ruleville, Mississippi

ScheduleEdit

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Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/12/2015*
7:30 pm
Tougaloo W 122–117 2OT
Davey Whitney Complex (3,521)
Lorman, MS
Non-conference regular season
11/19/2015*
7:00 pm, Cox7
at Grand Canyon L 46–79  0–1
GCU Arena (4,720)
Phoenix, AZ
11/22/2015*
7:00 pm
at UTEP
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic
L 66–88  0–2
Don Haskins Center (6,005)
El Paso, TX
11/24/2015*
7:00 pm
at Portland
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic
L 65–97  0–3
Chiles Center (1,194)
Portland, OR
11/24/2015*
12:00 pm
vs. Oakland
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic
L 84–51  0–4
American Bank Center (103)
Corpus Christi, TX
11/28/2015*
12:00 pm
vs. Florida A&M
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic
L 71–73  0–5
American Bank Center (168)
Corpus Christi, TX
11/30/2015*
7:00 pm, BTN
at Indiana L 70–112  0–6
Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
12/05/2015*
4:30 pm, BTN
at Mercer L 43–68  0–7
Hawkins Arena (2,963)
Macon, GA
12/14/2015*
7:30 pm
Blue Mountain W 68–60  1–7
Davey Whitney Complex (58)
Lorman, MS
12/19/2015*
4:00 pm
vs. Tennessee State
HBCU Heritage Hardwood Classic
L 76–81  1–8
Verties Sails Gymnasium (176)
Nashville, TN
12/21/2015*
6:00 pm
at UT Martin L 47–70  1–9
Skyhawk Arena (904)
Martin, TN
12/30/2015*
4:00 pm
Louisiana College W 81–69  2–9
Davey Whitney Complex (51)
Lorman, MS
SWAC regular season
01/02/2016
5:30 pm
at Prairie View A&M W 73–70  3–9
(1–0)
William J. Nicks Building (322)
Prairie View, TX
01/04/2016
7:30 pm
at Texas Southern L 74–58  3–10
(1–1)
H&PE Arena (1,245)
Houston, TX
01/09/2016
5:30 pm
Jackson State L 71–80 OT 3–11
(1–2)
Davey Whitney Complex (1,821)
Lorman, MS
01/11/2016
7:30 pm
Grambling State W 69–53  4–11
(2–2)
Davey Whitney Complex (954)
Lorman, MS
01/16/2016
4:00 pm
at Mississippi Valley State W 93–87 3OT 5–11
(3–2)
Leflore County Civic Center (2,982)
Greenwood, MS
01/18/2016
7:30 pm
at Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 73–65  6–11
(4–2)
K. L. Johnson Complex (2,689)
Pine Bluff, AR
01/23/2016
5:30 pm
Alabama A&M W 63–58  7–11
(5–2)
Davey Whitney Complex (1,459)
Lorman, MS
01/25/2016
7:30 pm
Alabama State W 77–72  8–11
(6–2)
Davey Whitney Complex (1,439)
Lorman, MS
01/30/2016
5:30 pm
at Southern L 64–75  8–12
(6–3)
F. G. Clark Center (1,982)
Baton Rouge, LA
02/06/2016
5:30 pm
at Jackson State W 72–64  9–12
(7–3)
Williams Assembly Center (3,099)
Jackson, MS
02/08/2016
7:30 pm
at Grambling State W 66–63  10–12
(8–3)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (821)
Grambling, LA
02/13/2016
5:30 pm
Mississippi Valley State W 72–71 OT 11–12
(9–3)
Davey Whitney Complex 
Lorman, MS
02/15/2016
7:30 pm
Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 79–60  12–12
(10–3)
Davey Whitney Complex (1,213)
Lorman, MS
02/20/2016
6:00 pm
at Alabama A&M W 62–58  13–12
(11–3)
Elmore Gymnasium (1,237)
Huntsville, AL
02/22/2016
5:00 pm
at Alabama State L 59–73  13–13
(11–4)
Dunn–Oliver Acadome 
Montgomery, AL
02/27/2016
5:30 pm
Southern W 70–56  14–13
(12–4)
Davey Whitney Complex (1,275)
Lorman, MS
03/03/2016
7:30 pm
Prairie View A&M W 81–64  15–13
(13–4)
Davey Whitney Complex (1,295)
Lorman, MS
03/05/2016
5:30 pm
Texas Southern L 66–76  15–14
(13–5)
Davey Whitney Complex 
Lorman, MS
SWAC Tournament
03/09/16
2:30 pm
(2) vs. (7) Mississippi Valley State L 61–64  15–15
Toyota Center (339)
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Four schools given postseason ban for poor APR scores in NCAA report". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  2. ^ "Alcorn State's Luther Riley taking personal leave of absence". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  3. ^ "Alcorn Basketball Coaches Contracts Not Extended". Alcorn State University. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  4. ^ "Alcorn Hires Robinson as New Men's Basketball Coach". THE CAMPUS CHRONICLE. 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  5. ^ http://alcornsports.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=97&path=mbball