2016–17 Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team represented Idaho State University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bengals, led by fifth-year head coach Bill Evans, played their home games at Holt Arena and Reed Gym in Pocatello, Idaho and were members of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 5–26, 3–15 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for 11th place. As the No. 10 seed in the Big Sky Tournament, they lost in the First Round to Sacramento State.

2016–17 Idaho State Bengals men's basketball
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Record5–26 (3–15 Big Sky)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  • Andy Ward
  • Jay Collins
  • Tim Walsh
Home arenaHolt Arena
Reed Gym
Seasons
2016–17 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
North Dakota 14 4   .778 22 10   .688
Eastern Washington 13 5   .722 22 12   .647
Idaho 12 6   .667 19 14   .576
Weber State 12 6   .667 20 14   .588
Montana 11 7   .611 16 16   .500
Montana State 11 7   .611 16 16   .500
Sacramento State 9 9   .500 13 18   .419
Portland State 7 11   .389 15 16   .484
Northern Colorado* 7 11   .389 11 18   .379
Northern Arizona 6 12   .333 9 23   .281
Southern Utah 3 15   .167 6 27   .182
Idaho State 3 15   .167 5 26   .161
Conference tournament winner

Previous seasonEdit

The Bengals finished the 2015–16 season 16–15, 11–7 in Big Sky play to finish in fourth place. They lost in the Quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament to North Dakota.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Clint Nwosuh 0 G 6'2" 190 Junior Houston, TX Graduate transferred to Pikeville
Ben Wilson 5 G 6'6" 207 RS Senior Bardon, Australia Graduated
Evann Hall 10 G 6'4" 210 Senior Thousand Oaks, CA Graduated
Ali Faruq-Bey 22 G 6'2" 175 Sophomore Chicago, IL Transferred to Western Oregon
Spencer Nicolds 23 F 6'7" 190 Sophomore Gilbert, AZ Transferred
Justin Smith 33 G 6'5" 200 Junior Colorado Springs, CO Transferred to Colorado–Colorado Springs

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Hayes Garrity 0 G 6'1" 185 RS Senior Beaverton, OR Transferred from Utah Valley. Will be eligible to play immediately since Garrity graduated from Utah Valley.
Robert Jones III 5 F 6'7" 190 Junior Denver, CO Junior college transferred from Northeastern JC

2016 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Lyle Sutton
PG
Rexburg, ID Madison High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) N/A Jun 1, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 0
Balint Moscan
SF
Hungary 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) N/A Aug 5, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 0
Clark Wilkinson
PF
Pocatello, ID Highland High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) N/A Jun 9, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 0
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2016-08-23.

RosterEdit

2016–17 Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Hayes Garrity 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Sr Westview HS
Utah Valley
Beaverton, OR
G 1 Geno Luzcando 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Wasatch Academy HS Estación Central, Chile
G 3 Ethan Telfair 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Lincoln HS
Redlands CC
Coney Island, NY
F 5 Robert Jones III 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Cherokee Trail HS
Northeastern JC
Denver, CO
G 10 Lyle Sutton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Madison HS Rexburg, ID
G 11 Erik Nakken 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Cedar HS Cedar City, UT
C 13 Novak Topalovic 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS So Santa Margarita Catholic HS Niš, Serbia
G 15 Brandon Boyd 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Middlebrooks Academy Los Angeles, CA
F 22 Clark Wilkinson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Highland HS Pocatello, ID
G 23 Houston Wahlen (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Aberdeen HS Aberdeen, ID
F 24 Stephen Lennox 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Lovington HS Lovington, NM
G 25 Gary Chivichyan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Middlebrooks Academy Los Angeles, CA
F 32 Balint Moscan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Fr Kempelen Farkas Grammar School Budapest, Hungary
G 33 Keshawn Liggins (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Middleton HS
Big Ben CC
Middleton, ID
F 35 Kyle Ingram 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr JSerra Catholic HS
Fresno City College
Pasadena, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/02/2016*
7:30 pm
Southern Virginia W 89–55 
Reed Gym 
Pocatello, ID
Non-conference regular season
11/11/2016*
8:00 pm, RTNW
at New Mexico L 70–81  0–1
The Pit (11,293)
Albuquerque, NM
11/16/2016*
7:00 pm
at Utah Valley L 73–82  0–2
UCCU Center (6,117)
Orem, UT
11/19/2016*
7:00 pm
at Utah State
Cancún Challenge
L 51–85  0–3
Smith Spectrum (8,923)
Logan, UT
11/22/2016*
1:00 pm
vs. Eastern Kentucky
Cancún Challenge
L 82–91 OT 0–4
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (1,610)
Cancún, Mexico
11/23/2016*
10:30 am
vs. NJIT
Cancún Challenge
L 67–71  0–5
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (1,610)
Cancún, Mexico
11/25/2016*
2:00 pm, FSSW
at Texas Tech
Cancún Challenge
L 58–91  0–6
United Supermarkets Arena (5,964)
Lubbock, TX
11/29/2016*
7:05 pm
Lamar W 77–60  1–6
Reed Gym (1,534)
Pocatello, ID
12/03/2016*
5:00 pm
at Cal State Northridge L 76–79  1–7
Matadome (1,086)
Northridge, CA
12/07/2016*
5:00 pm, ESPN3
at No. 17 Wisconsin L 44–78  1–8
Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
12/10/2016*
7:05 pm
Bristol (CA)
(non-NCAA affiliated school, does not count in record)
W 80–61 
Holt Arena (1,403)
Pocatello, ID
12/16/2016*
6:05 pm
Montana Tech W 76–46  2–8
Reed Gym (300)
Pocatello, ID
12/18/2016*
4:30 pm
at Boise State L 59–82  2–9
Taco Bell Arena (4,303)
Boise, ID
12/20/2016*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
at BYU L 58–84  2–10
Marriott Center (13,553)
Provo, UT
Big Sky regular season
12/29/2016
7:05 pm
at Montana L 62–74  2–11
(0–1)
Dahlberg Arena (3,848)
Missoula, MT
12/31/2016
4:00 pm
at Montana State L 63–80  2–12
(0–2)
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (2,138)
Bozeman, MT
01/07/2017
7:05 pm
Weber State
Suspended (roof leak), rescheduled for 01/25/2017[1]
Holt Arena 
Pocatello, ID
01/12/2017
7:05 pm
Eastern Washington L 85–92  2–13
(0–3)
Reed Gym (1,404)
Pocatello, ID
01/14/2017
7:05 pm
Idaho L 62–77  2–14
(0–4)
Reed Gym (1,754)
Pocatello, ID
01/19/2017
7:00 pm
at Northern Colorado W 73–69  3–14
(1–4)
Bank of Colorado Arena (1,865)
Greeley, CO
01/21/2017
1:00 pm
at North Dakota L 64–89  3–15
(1–5)
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,570)
Grand Forks, ND
01/25/2017
7:00 pm
Weber State L 73–85  3–16
(1–6)
Reed Gym (1,203)
Pocatello, ID
01/27/2017
7:00 pm
at Weber State L 74–96  3–17
(1–7)
Dee Events Center (7,018)
Ogden, UT
02/02/2017
7:05 pm
Northern Arizona W 91–90 OT 4–17
(2–7)
Holt Arena (1,819)
Pocatello, ID
02/04/2017
7:05 pm
Southern Utah W 94–68  5–17
(3–7)
Holt Arena (1,721)
Pocatello, ID
02/09/2017
8:00 pm
at Portland State L 69–74  5–18
(3–8)
Peter Stott Center (522)
Portland, OR
02/11/2017
8:00 pm
at Sacramento State L 63–75  5–19
(3–9)
Hornets Nest (975)
Sacramento, CA
02/16/2017
7:05 pm
North Dakota W 77–61  5–20
(3–10)
Reed Gym (1,415)
Pocatello, ID
02/18/2017
7:05 pm
Northern Colorado L 81–87  5–21
(3–11)
Reed Gym (1,436)
Pocatello, ID
02/23/2017
8:00 pm
at Idaho L 61–69  5–22
(3–12)
Cowan Spectrum (1,043)
Moscow, ID
02/25/2017
3:00 pm
at Eastern Washington L 77–89  5–23
(3–13)
Reese Court (2,025)
Cheney, WA
03/02/2017
7:05 pm
Montana State L 68–79  5–24
(3–14)
Holt Arena 
Pocatello, ID
03/04/2017
7:05 pm
Montana L 76–95  5–25
(3–15)
Holt Arena (1,795)
Pocatello, ID
Big Sky Tournament
03/07/2017
5:35 pm
(10) vs. (7) Sacramento State
First Round
L 76–91  5–26
Reno Events Center (1,507)
Reno, NV
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Time
Source[2][3].

ReferencesEdit