2015–16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team

The 2015–16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers basketball team represented East Tennessee State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Buccaneers, led by first year head coach Steve Forbes, played their home games at the Freedom Hall Civic Center and were of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 24–12, 14–4 in SoCon play to finish in to second place. They defeated Mercer and Furman to advance to the championship game of the SoCon Tournament where they lost to Chattanooga. They were invited to the inaugural Vegas 16, which only had eight teams, where they defeated Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Oakland.

2015–16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball
ETSU Buccaneers Wordmark.png
Vegas 16, Semifinals
ConferenceSouthern Conference
2015–16 record24–12 (14–4 SoCon)
Head coachSteve Forbes (1st season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaFreedom Hall Civic Center
Seasons
2015–16 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chattanooga 15 3   .833     29 6   .829
East Tennessee State 14 4   .778     24 12   .667
Furman 11 7   .611     19 16   .543
Wofford 11 7   .611     15 17   .469
Western Carolina 10 8   .556     16 18   .471
UNC Greensboro 10 8   .556     15 19   .441
Mercer 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Samford 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
VMI 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
The Citadel 3 15   .167     10 22   .313
2016 SoCon Tournament winner

RosterEdit

2015–16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 T.J. Cromer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Albany, Georgia
G 1 Petey McClain 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Mobile, Alabama
G 2 Shemar Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Columbus, Mississippi
G 3 Ge'Lawn Guyn 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Lexington, Kentucky
C 5 Peter Jurkin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Juba, South Sudan
F 10 Isaac Banks 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr New Orleans, Louisiana
G 11 Desonta Bradford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Humboldt, Tennessee
F 12 Hanner Mosquera-Perea 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Istmina, Colombia
G 13 A.J. Merriweather 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Jackson, Mississippi
G 14 Deuce Bello 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Greensboro, North Carolina
F 15 Lester Wilson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Knoxville, Tennessee
F 21 Nigel Holley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Wilmington, North Carolina
F 24 Abednego Lufile 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Burlington, Ontario, Canada
G 30 Stetson Moore 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr Knoxville, Tennessee
C 31 Toriano Stokes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
F 40 Tevin Glass 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Norcross, Georgia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 2, 2015

ScheduleEdit

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Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/05/2015*
7:00 pm
Tusculum W 109–77 
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,550)
Johnson City, TN
Regular Season
11/14/2015*
4:00 pm
Averett W 107–59  1–0
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,167)
Johnson City, TN
11/17/2015*
6:00 am, ESPN
Green Bay
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 103–90  2–0
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,992)
Johnson City, TN
11/20/2015*
7:00 pm, FS2
at No. 11 Villanova
NIT Season Tip-Off
L 51–86  2–1
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
11/22/2015*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
at Georgia Tech
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 69–68  3–1
Hank McCamish Pavilion (4,665)
Atlanta, GA
11/24/2015*
7:30 pm
at Charleston Southern
NIT Season Tip-Off
L 76–77  3–2
CSU Field House (905)
North Charleston, SC
11/28/2015*
4:00 pm
UNC Wilmington L 73–94  3–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,557)
Johnson City, TN
12/02/2015*
6:00 pm
at Tennessee Tech L 61–63  3–4
Eblen Center (1,011)
Cookeville, TN
12/10/2015*
7:00 pm
Milligan W 98–47  4–4
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,458)
Johnson City, TN
12/15/2015*
7:00 pm
at UNC Asheville L 64–84  4–5
Kimmel Arena (1,327)
Asheville, NC
12/18/2015*
7:00 pm
Eastern Kentucky W 87–81  5–5
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,453)
Johnson City, TN
12/22/2015*
7:00 pm
at Tennessee L 67–76  5–6
Thompson–Boling Arena (14,684)
Knoxville, TN
12/30/2015*
7:00 pm
Morehead State W 75–72  6–6
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,650)
Johnson City, TN
01/02/2016
2:00 pm
at Western Carolina W 82–66  7–6
(1–0)
Ramsey Center (956)
Cullowhee, NC
01/04/2016*
8:00 pm
at North Carolina Central W 72–68  8–6
McLendon–McDougald Gymnasium (881)
Durham, NC
01/09/2016
4:00 pm, ESPN3
UNC Greensboro W 86–83  9–6
(2–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,078)
Johnson City, TN
01/11/2016
7:00 pm, ESPN3
VMI W 88–51  10–6
(3–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,416)
Johnson City, TN
01/14/2016
8:00 pm, ESPN3
at Samford W 81–77  11–6
(4–0)
Pete Hanna Center (1,066)
Homewood, AL
01/16/2016
5:00 pm
at Chattanooga L 84–94  11–7
(4–1)
McKenzie Arena (5,003)
Chattanooga, TN
01/21/2016
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Mercer W 65–63 OT 12–7
(5–1)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,003)
Johnson City, TN
01/23/2016
4:00 pm, ESPN3
The Citadel W 101–92 OT 13–7
(6–1)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,789)
Johnson City, TN
01/28/2016
7:00 pm
at Wofford L 73–87  13–8
(6–2)
Benjamin Johnson Arena (1,412)
Spartanburg, SC
01/30/2016
4:00 pm, ESPN3
at Furman L 70–74  13–9
(6–3)
Timmons Arena (2,004)
Greenville, SC
02/04/2016
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at VMI W 71–60  14–9
(7–3)
Cameron Hall (1,178)
Lexington, VA
02/04/2016
7:00 pm
at UNC Greensboro W 68–65  15–9
(8–3)
Fleming Gymnasium (1,902)
Greensboro, NC
02/11/2016
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Samford W 94–90 OT 16–9
(9–3)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,945)
Johnson City, TN
02/13/2016
4:00 pm, FS South/ESPN3
Chattanooga L 68–76  16–10
(9–4)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (5,601)
Johnson City, TN
02/15/2016
7:00 pm
Western Carolina W 83–77  17–10
(10–4)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,752)
Johnson City, TN
02/18/2016
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at The Citadel W 67–51  18–10
(11–4)
McAlister Field House (1,389)
Charleston, SC
02/20/2016
4:30 pm, ESPN3
at Mercer W 77–74  19–10
(12–4)
Hawkins Arena (3,874)
Macon, GA
02/25/2016
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Furman W 80–75  20–10
(13–4)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,016)
Johnson City, TN
02/27/2016
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Wofford W 71–66  21–10
(14–4)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,104)
Johnson City, TN
SoCon Tournament
03/05/2016
6:00 pm, ESPN3
(2) vs. (7) Mercer
Quarterfinals
W 81–65  22–10
U.S. Cellular Center 
Asheville, NC
03/06/2016
7:30 pm, ESPN3
(2) vs. (3) Furman
Semifinals
W 84–76  23–10
U.S. Cellular Center (6,019)
Asheville, NC
03/07/2016
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(2) vs. (1) Chattanooga
Championship game
L 67–73  23–11
U.S. Cellular Center (3,058)
Asheville, NC
Vegas 16
03/28/2016*
9:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Louisiana Tech
Quarterfinals
W 88–83  24–11
Mandalay Bay Events Center 
Paradise, NV
03/29/2016*
11:30 pm, CBSSN
vs. Oakland
Semifinals
L 81–104  24–12
Mandalay Bay Events Center 
Paradise, NV
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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