Penguins Visit Detroit Mercy for Third Game in Five Days

Braun Hartfield (photo by Dustin Livesay)
Braun Hartfield (photo by Dustin Livesay)

Game Preview 

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team plays its third game in five days when it visits Detroit Mercy, Monday, Jan. 16

• Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Calihan Hall and the game will be broadcast on 570-AM WKBN, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

 

Up Next

• The Penguins will continue three-game road trip when they visit Green Bay, Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m.

 

Last Time Out

• This is the 44th meeting between Youngstown State and Detroit Mercy in a series that dates back to 1953

• The Titans own a 34-9 advantage in all-time series and have won the last seven meetings.

• The Titans have also won 17 of 20 games played at Calihan Hall.

 

Morse Climbing 1,000-Chart 

• With 13 points against Northern Kentucky on Jan. 5, junior Cameron Morse became the 37th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

• Morse now ranks tied for 25th all-time with 1,074 career points.

• Morse needs eight more points to move into 24th on the all-time list and needs 26 more to became the 24th player to score 1,100 points.

• Morse is also the eighth YSU player to score 1,000 career points since 2005.

• Morse has scored 972 points in his last 46 games for an average of 21.1 points per game.

 

Hartfield Hits Career High

• Freshman Braun Hartfield turned in the best offensive performance of his young career against UIC on Jan. 14.

• Hartfield scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor.

• Over the last six games, Hartfield is averaging 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

• He is also shooting 52.2 percent from the field and one block per game over the last six.

 

High Fives

• Youngstown State's "five's" are giving the Penguins some quality minutes.

• The combination of senior Jorden Kaufman and sophomore Devin Haygood has given YSU a two-headed monster on the block.

• The pair is averaging a combined 14.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game and have a combined field-goal percentage of .607.

• Haygood has made 62.8 percent of his field-goal tries and Kaufman is at 58.9 percent.

 

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.

 

Donlan Reaches Century Mark From Arc

• With a career-high seven 3s against Robert Morris, senior Matt Donlan reached 100 career 3-pointers made.

• In 51 career games, Donlan has made 122 baskets from beyond the arc.

• He has made at least one 3-pointer in 48 of  51 career games.

• For his career, he is averaging 2.39 3-pointers made per game.

• Donlan also needs 14 more to move into 10th place on the career 3-pointers made list.

 

700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 718 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.

• He ranks 36th all-time eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 718 wins.

• He needs one more to tie Don Haskins for 35th on that list.

 

Morse More of the Same

• Junior Cameron Morse is having season very similar to last year.

• Morse currently ranks second in the Horizon league in overall scoring with 22.8 points per game.

• After six league games, he leads the Horizon League with 24 points per game.

 

About Detroit Mercy

• The Titans enter the game with an overall record of 3-14 and 1-4 in the Horizon League.

• The Titans are coming off a 93-88 win over Oakland on Jan. 13.

• Jaleel Hogan leads the Titans with 15.4 points per game while Josh McFolley is averaging 13.3 points per game.

• Corey Allen is posting 12.6 points per game and Chris Jenkins is at 11.8 points per contest.

 

The Detroit Mercy Series

• This is the 44th meeting between Youngstown State and Detroit Mercy in a series that dates back to 1953

• The Titans own a 34-9 advantage in all-time series and have won the last seven meetings.

• The Titans have also won 17 of 20 games played at Calihan Hall.

• The Penguins are coming off a tough 92-89 overtime loss to UIC on Jan. 14 at the Beeghly Center.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its 10th win over Detroit Mercy.

• Snap a seven-game losing streak to Detroit Mercy.

• Mark YSU's second Horizon League road win.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's 719th career win and his 138th at Youngstown State.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's eight win over Detroit Mercy

• Mark YSU's third road win of the season.

• Mark the 1,072nd win in YSU program history.

• Give YSU an 9-11 overall record and a 3-4 league record.