Men's Basketball to Host Canisius Saturday at Noon

Men's Basketball to Host Canisius Saturday at Noon

The Youngstown State men's basketball team will begin a big Saturday on campus when it plays host to Canisius tomorrow at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the Golden Griffins is set for noon, and the game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN/iHeart.com and ESPN3/WatchESPN. The game precedes the FCS First-Round playoff football game between Youngstown State and Samford at Stambaugh Stadium at 5 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Penguins are coming off a 97-67 victory over Westminster on Tuesday night in which six players scored in double figures in a balanced offensive showcase. Brett Frantz scored a career-high 18 points, and Braun Hartfield scored a career-best 17 as YSU improved to 2-0 at home this season. Also scoring in double figures were Francisco Santiago (11), Matt Donlan (10), Cameron Morse (10) and Devin Haygood (10). Twelve players saw action for the Penguins, and 11 of them scored. The game concluded a busy stretch for YSU in which the Guins played four games in five days.

Morse Among Nation's Leaders: Even with his 10 points in 20 minutes against Westminster, Morse continues to rank among the country's top scorers. He ranks eighth in Division I with 25.2 points per game, and he is third in total points with 151. Morse has attempted more field goals than any other player, and he is third in the country in field goals made. His 40-point effort at Toledo on Nov. 15 is the second-highest total this season.

Scouting Canisius: Canisius is 1-4 this season, and one of its losses was a 67-64 decision at Cleveland State on Nov. 15. The Golden Griffins' victory came at Duquesne, 78-77, on Nov. 18. Canisius ranks last in the MAAC in scoring offense at 67.6 points per game, but contrastingly it ranks first in the conference with 17.8 assists per contest. Jermaine Crumpton leads Canisius in scoring with 15.6 points per game, and he has made 11 3-pointers in five games. The Golden Griffins were picked to finish ninth in the MAAC preseason poll, and senior forward Phil Valenti was a Preseason All-MAAC Third Team selection.

Canisius Series: Youngstown State and Canisius have played just four times despite being separated by fewer than 200 miles. The Golden Griffins have won all four meetings, including an 84-82 overtime decision in the second round of the CIT at Beeghly Center on March 23, 2013. Canisius also won 71-59 at Beeghly Center in 2006. The series began in 1940-41 in Buffalo, New York, and the teams also played at Canisius in 2005-06.

Next Game: Youngstown State will make the short trip East to play Robert Morris on Wednesday at 7 p.m.