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East Tennessee State Buccaneers
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School Name: East Tennessee State University
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Arena: Freedom Hall Civic Center
Capacity: 8,500
Conference: SoCon
Head coach: Steve Forbes


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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are the basketball team that represents East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU currently competes in the Southern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2017. The Buccaneers are coached by 2nd-year head coach Steve Forbes.

History

Division 1 Season-by-season results

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Madison Brooks (1948–1973)
1958–1959 Madison Brooks 13-10 5-7 4th
1959–1960 Madison Brooks 9-14 2-10 7th
1960–1961 Madison Brooks 9-15 1-11 7th
1961–1962 Madison Brooks 11-14 3-9 6th
1962–1963 Madison Brooks 14-8 7-5 3rd
1963–1964 Madison Brooks 12-10 8-6 6th
1964–1965 Madison Brooks 6-17 4-10 7th
1965–1966 Madison Brooks 7-14 3-11 7th
1966–1967 Madison Brooks 17-9 8-6 3rd
1967–1968 Madison Brooks 19-8 10-4 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1968–1969 Madison Brooks 15-11 6-8 5th
1969–1970 Madison Brooks 15-11 8-6 3rd
1970–1971 Madison Brooks 12-12 8-6 4th
1971–1972 Madison Brooks 11-14 6-8 6th
1972–1973 Madison Brooks 9-17 2-12 8th
Madison Brooks: 370-263
Leroy Fisher (1973–1976)
1973–1974 Leroy Fisher 8-18 3-11 8th
1974–1975 Leroy Fisher 9-14 5-9 5th
1975–1976 Leroy Fisher 6-20 4-10 8th
Leroy Fisher: 23-53 12-30
Sonny Smith (1976–1978)
1976–1977 Sonny Smith 12-14 6-8 5th
1977–1978 Sonny Smith 18-9 10-4 2nd
Sonny Smith: 30-23 16-13
Jim Halihan (1978–1982)
1978–1979 Jim Halihan 16-11
1979–1980 Jim Halihan 15-13 8-7 4th
1980–1981 Jim Halihan 13-14 9-7 4th
1981–1982 Jim Halihan 13-15 8-8 4th
Jim Halihan: 57-53 25-22
Barry Dowd (1982–1985)
1982–1983 Barry Dowd 22-9 12-4 3rd NIT 1st Round
1983–1984 Barry Dowd 9-19 6-10 7th
1984–1985 Barry Dowd 9-18 3-13 9th
Barry Dowd: 40-46 21-27
Les Robinson (1985–1990)
1985–1986 Les Robinson 13-16 8-8 4th
1986–1987 Les Robinson 7-21 3-13 8th
1987–1988 Les Robinson 14-15 9-7 4th
1988–1989 Les Robinson 20-11 7-7 4th NCAA 1st Round
1989–1990 Les Robinson 27-7 12-2 1st NCAA 1st Round
Les Robinson: 81-70 39-37
Alan LeForce (1990–1996)
1990–1991 Alan LeForce 28-5 11-3 1st NCAA 1st Round
1991–1992 Alan LeForce 24-7 12-2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1992–1993 Alan LeForce 19-10 12-6 2nd
1993–1994 Alan LeForce 16-14 13-5 2nd
1994–1995 Alan LeForce 14-14 9-5 2nd (North)
1995–1996 Alan LeForce 7-20 3-11 T-5th (North)
Alan LeForce: 108-70 69-36
Ed Dechellis (1996–2003)
1996–1997 Ed Dechellis 7–20 2–11 5th (North)
1997–1998 Ed Dechellis 11–16 6–9 T–5th
1998–1999 Ed Dechellis 17–11 9–7 3rd (North)
1999–2000 Ed Dechellis 14–15 8–8 4th (North)
2000–2001 Ed Dechellis 18–10 13–3 1st (North)
2001–2002 Ed Dechellis 18–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2002–2003 Ed Dechellis 20–11 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA 1st Round
Ed Dechellis: 105–93 60–49
Murry Bartow (2003–present)
2003–2004 Murry Bartow 27–6 15–1 1st (North) NCAA 1st Round
2004–2005 Murry Bartow 10–19 4–12 5th (North)
2005–2006 Murry Bartow 15–13 12–8 5th
2006–2007 Murry Bartow 24–10 16–2 1st NIT 1st Round
2007–2008 Murry Bartow 19–13 11–5 T–3rd
2008–2009 Murry Bartow 23–10 14–6 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
2009–2010 Murry Bartow 20–15 13–7 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
2010–2011 Murry Bartow 24–12 17–5 2nd CIT Semifinals
Murry Bartow: 127–62 102–46
Total: 941–733

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

The Les Robinson / Alan LeForce Era

Commonly referred to as "The Glory Days" of ETSU basketball, between 1989 and 1992, ETSU won 4 straight Southern Conference titles while compiling 99 wins. During this time ETSU had wins over prestigious programs such as Arizona, NC State (3 times), Wake Forest, Cincinnati, BYU, Xavier, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tennessee (twice) and Memphis. ETSU also suffered their most famous loss when they lost by 1 point to top ranked Oklahoma as a 16th seed in the 1989 NCAA Tournament.

When Les Robinson left for NC State after the 1990 season, long time assistant Alan Leforce took over a veteran team led by Senior Keith "Mister" Jennings. The team was ranked as high as 10th[1] in the nation during the 1991 season and finished the year 17th in the AP poll and 15th in the Coaches poll.[2] In the 1992 NCAA Tournament ETSU upset the Arizona Wildcats in the opening round, but eventually fell in the second round to the Michigan Wolverines and the Fab Five.

The Ed Dechellis Era

In 1996 Ed Dechellis replaced Alan Leforce who resigned after the 1995-1996 season. In 2001 Dechellis led ETSU to their first regular season conference title since the 91-92 season. In 2003 Dechellis helped ETSU win their first Southern Conference Tournament title and first NCAA birth since 1992. ETSU faced Wake Forest University in the first round where they lost in the final seconds 73-76 after having a chance to win the game with the last shot. After the 2003 season Dechellis left for Penn State.

Dechellis complied 105-93 record at ETSU but is mostly remembered for bringing prominence back to the ETSU basketball program that had struggled after the 1993 season.

The Murry Bartow Era

In 2003 ETSU hired Murry Bartow after Ed Dechellis took the head coaching position at Penn State. Bartow took over a senior led team that won 27 games and nearly went undefeated in conference play in his first season, additionally ETSU won their second straight Southern Conference Tournament and headed back to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. ETSU had another close call in the 2004 NCAA Tournament when they lost to Cincinnati 77-80 in the closing seconds, much like the Wake Forest game the previous year.

In the 2005-2006 season ETSU left the Southern Conference to join the Atlantic Sun Conference. During his time in the Atlantic Sun ETSU has received 4 postseason bids. Back to Back NCAA tournaments in 2009 and 2010, the NIT in 2007 and the CIT in 2011.

Post-Season History

ETSU has appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–10. [3] ETSU also appeared in the 1983 and 2007 NIT. In 2011 ETSU was invited to the CIT and made it to the semifinals after defeating Furman and Ohio. The Bucs then lost to Iona in the semifinals, 83-80.

NCAA Results

Year Seed Region Round Opponent Results
1968 Mideast First Round Florida State W 79-69
Second Round Ohio State L 79-72
Third Place Game Marquette L 57-69
1989 #16 Southeast First Round #1 Oklahoma L 72-71
1990 #13 Southeast First Round #4 Georgia Tech L 83-99
1991 #10 Midwest First Round #7 Iowa L 73-76
1992 #14 Southeast First Round #3 Arizona W 87-80
Second Round #6 Michigan L 90-102
2003 #15 East First Round #2 Wake Forest L 73-76
2004 #13 Atlanta Region First Round #4 Cincinnati L 77-80
2009 #16 East First Round #1 Pittsburgh L 62-72
2010 #16 East First Round #1 Kentucky L 71-100

NIT Results

Year Round Opponent Results
1983 First Round Vanderbilt L 73-79
2007 First Round Clemson L 57-64

CIT Results

Year Round Opponent Results
2011 First Round Furman W 76-63
Quarterfinals Ohio W 82-73
Semifinals Iona L 80-83

Team Records

Career leaders

Career Scoring Leaders
Seasons Player Points
2002-06 Tim Smith 2,302
1988-92 Greg Dennis 2,204
2006-09 Courtney Pigram 2,041
1987-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 1,988
1988-92 Calvin Talford 1,872
1959-61 Tom Chilton 1,801
2007-11 Mike Smith 1,783
1980-83 Troy Mikell 1,684
2000-04 Zakee Wadood 1,382
1967-69 Harley "Skeeter" Swift 1,367

Career Rebound Leaders
Seasons Player Rebounds
1965-67 Tommy Woods 1,034
1988-92 Greg Dennis 895
1977-80 Scott Place 825
2000-04 Zakee Wadood 822
2003-07 Brad Nuckles 791
2007-11 Mike Smith 783
2000-04 Jerald Fields 717
1972-74 Ron Mitchell 673
1974-77 Bob Brown 637
1991-94 Trazel Silvers 635

Career Assist Leaders
Seasons Player Assists
1987-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 983
2002-06 Tim Smith 508
2006-09 Courtney Pigram 416
1980-83 Marc Quesenberry 363
1984-87 Carniel Manuel 322
2009-Present Adam Sollazzo 272
1997-99 Greg Stephens 265
2007-11 Mike Smith 245
1995-99 Kyle Keeton 240
1983-86 Wes Stallings 239

Career Steals Leaders
Seasons Player Steals
1987-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 334
2002-06 Tim Smith 313
2000-04 Zakee Wadood 246
2006-09 Courtney Pigram 232
1991-94 Trazel Silvers 183
2000-04 Jerald Fields 167
2007-11 Mike Smith 146
1988-91 Alvin West 134
1995-99 Kyle Keeton 132
1999-03 Ryan Lawson 129
1989-92 Calvin Talford 127

Career Blocks Leaders
Seasons Player Blocks
2000-04 Zakee Wadood 182
1988-92 Greg Dennis 174
2000-04 Jerald Fields 167
2003-07 Brad Nuckles 158
2008-Present Isiah Brown 141
2005-08 Andrew Reed 84
1993-96 Justin McClellan 83
1993-96 Phil Powe 78
1991-92 Rodney English 71
2008-09 Greg Hamlin 69
1988-92 Marty Story 69

Career FG% Leaders (min 200 Made)
Seasons Player FG%
1993-96 Phil Powe .638
1974-77 Bob Brown .623
1974-75 Morris Tampa .611
1983-86 Calvin Cannady .610
2005-06 Dillion Sneed .598
1991-92 Rodney English .570
2000-04 Jerald Fields .567
1980-83 Troy Mikell .552
1987-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings .549
2008-09 Kevin Tiggs .536

Single game leaders

Most Points in a game
Date Player Points Opponent
2/5/1961 Tom Chilton 52 Austin Peay
2/24/1961 Tom Chilton 47 Western Kentucky
2/16/2002 Dimeco Childress 42 Western Carolina
2/26/1960 Tom Chilton 42 Middle Tennessee
2/26/2005 Tim Smith 41 Georgia Southern

Most Rebounds in a game
Date Player Rebounds Opponent
1964-65 Tommy Woods 38 Middle Tennessee
1956-57 Herb Weaver 32 Milligan College
1954-65 Tommy Woods 32 East Carolina
1956-57 Herb Weaver 31 Kentucky Wesleyan
1954-55 Dick Creech 30 Middle Tennessee

Most Assists in a game
Date Player Assists Opponent
1990-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 19 Appalachian State
2/24/2007 Courtney Pigram 18 Mercer University
1990-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 18 The Citadel
1990-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 16 VMI
1990-91 Keith "Mister" Jennings 15 Chattanooga

ETSU players in the NBA and ABA

3 players from ETSU have played in the NBA & ABA [4] and a total of 8 players have been drafted.[5]

Tommy Woods 1968 [6]

Skeeter Swift 1970 to 1974 [7]

Keith "Mister" Jennings 1993 to 1995 [8]

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References

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