Men's Basketball Hosts Akron in NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader Saturday

Men's Basketball Hosts Akron in NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader Saturday

Head Coach Jerry Slocum Video
Junior Cameron Morse Video

Game Preview 

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team opens its 87th season when it hosts Mid-American Conference member Akron, Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Beeghly Center.

• Tipoff is slated for 7:45 p.m. ET and is on 570 AM WKBN, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

 

NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer

• The game is part of the 2nd Annual Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Doubleheader.

• Kent State and Cleveland State play 5 p.m. at Beeghly Center.

• Akron will host the event in 2017 and Cleveland State in 2018.

 

Up Next

• The Penguins play their first road game of the season against another Mid-American Conference foe Toledo, Tuesday, Nov. 15.

• Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will on 570 AM WKBN.

 

PSU-Behrend Exhibition Recap

• Junior Cameron Morse scored a team-high 24 points and made six 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State men's basketball team to a 100-61 exhibition win over Penn State-Behrend on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

• Morse connected on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc, and grabbed four rebounds.

• Senior Matt Donlan also reached double figures with 11 points and three 3-pointers while sophomore Devin Haygood scored nine points with a team-high seven rebounds.

• Junior Rahim Williams also poured in nine points and senior Brett Frantz added eight points.

• The Penguins hit a total of 17 3-pointers and eight different players made at least one from distance.

• For the game, the Penguins connected on 50.7 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from 3-point range.

 

Morse Named Preseason All-Horizon League

• Junior Cameron Morse, a 2016 All-Horizon League selection, was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League First-Team.

• Morse led the Horizon League in scoring in league games with 23.3 points per game and ranked second overall with 20.3 points per game.

 

700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 710 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.

• He ranks 37th with 710 career wins.

• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 710 wins.

 

Morse Improvement

• Junior Cameron Morse averaged 14.3 points more per game in his sophomore year from his freshman season.

• That scoring improvement ranks tied for the highest in Youngstown State's Division I era (since 1981-82).

• It matches the best increase in YSU's Division I history of 14.3 points per game by Tilman Bevely from 1985-86 to 1986-87.

• Bevely averaged 9.3 points per game in 1985-86 and 23.6 points per game in 1986-87. 

 

About Akron

• Akron enters the 2016-17 season as the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American East Division and the MAC Tournament.

• The Zips return nine letterwinners and three starters from last year's 26-9 team.

• Senior Isaiah Johnson, who averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last year, was a Preseason All-MAC First-Team pick.

 

The Akron Series

• This is the 89th meeting between Youngstown State and Akron in a series that dates back to 1937.

• The Zips own a 57-31 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last six meetings.

• The last Youngstown State win came in 1994 - a 69-53 victory at the Beeghly Center.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its 32nd win over Akron.

• Mark YSU's first win over the Zips since 1994.

• Mark YSU's 23rd win over Akron at the Beeghly Center.

• Mark YSU's 41st season-opening win.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's 711th career win and his 130th at Youngstown State.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's first win over Akron.

• Mark the 1,064th victory in program history.

• Give the Penguins an 1-0 overall record.

• Mark YSU's first home win of the season.

 

Guins In Season Openers

• The Penguins own a 40-46 mark in season openers.

• The Penguins' last season-opening win at home was a 64-61 victory over Samford on Nov. 12, 2010.

 

Morse 1,000-Point Countdown

• Junior Cameron Morse has scored 710 points in just two seasons and needs 290 more to become the 37th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

• Morse's 608 points last season are the ninth most in school history and the third-most since YSU joined Division I in 1981-82.