Men's Basketball Hosts Westminster Tuesday Night

Youngstown State men's basketball
Youngstown State men's basketball

Head Coach Jerry Slocum Video
Junior Francisco Santiago Video

 

Game Preview 

 The Youngstown State men's basketball team return home to host Westminster, Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the fourth game of the Red Diamond Roundball Classic.

• Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.

• The game will be broadcast on 570-AM WKBN, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

 

Up Next

• The Penguins have consecutive home games for the first time this season when they host Canisius, Saturday, Nov. 26.

• Tipoff is at Noon at the Beeghly Center.

 

Last Time Out

• The Penguins and Florida International battled through 19 lead changes and 11 ties before YSU came away with a 78-73 win on Nov. 20.

• Junior Cameron Morse led the Penguins with a game-high 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor.

• Junior Francisco Santiago posted 13 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals while senior Matt Donlan added 11 points.

 

Morse Leads Nation

• According to the most recent NCAA statistics release (Nov. 21), junior Cameron Morse ranks high among the national leaders in several categories.

• Morse leads the nation with 141 total points and 50 made field goals, ranks fourth with 28.2 points per game.

• He is also sixth nationally with 181 total minutes played.

 

Kaufman Nets Double-Double

• Senior Jorden Kaufman played one of the best games of his Youngstown State career against South Alabama on Nov. 19.

• Kaufman recorded the third double-double of his career and the first this season with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

• Kaufman connected on 8-of-11 from the field and 12 of his boards were on the defensive glass.

 

Streaking Penguins

• A pair of Penguins have pretty good streaks going for themselves.

• Junior Cameron Morse had made his last 13 free throw attempts while senior Matt Donlan has made his last 11 dating back to last year.

• Donlan ranks tied for fourth in school history with 22 consecutive made free throws from Dec. 2, 2015 through Feb. 6, 2016.

 

Assist Me, Cisco

• Junior Francisco Santiago has been the proverbial definition of point guard in his 37 games at Youngstown State.

• In those games, Santiago has dished out 160 assists compared to just 82 turnovers for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0.

• This season he is even more impressive with a ratio of 2.6 (21 assists to eight turnovers).

 

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 Nears Century Mark From Arc

• Senior Matt Donlan is quickly approaching the century mark from 3-point range.

• In 37 career games, Donlan has made 92 3-pointers and needs eight more for 100.

•  He has made at least one 3-pointer in 35 of  37 career games, including the last nine contests.

• For his career, he is averaging 2.5 3-pointers made per game.

 

700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 712 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.

• He ranks 37th with 712 career wins.

• His next win will put him in a tie for 36th all-time with Dave Robbins with 713 wins.

• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 712 wins.

 

About Westminster

• Westminster enters the game with an overall mark of 2-0.

• The Titans are averaging 89.5 points per game after defeating Pitt-Greensburg, 89-62, on Nov. 18, and Penn State-Beaver, 90-61, on Nov. 19.

• Leading the Titans is Deontay Scott with 14 points per game and Brandon Domenick with 13.5 points per game

 

The Westminster Series

• This 48th meeting between Youngstown State and Westminster in a series that dates back to 1928.

• The Titans own a 29-18 advantage in the all-time series, but the Penguins won the last outing, 103-57.

• The last Westminster victory was a 68-66 win at the Beeghly Center in 1981.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its 19th win over Westminster.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's 713th career win and his 132nd at Youngstown State.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's second win over Westminster as YSU's Head Coach.

• Mark YSU's second straight win and the second home win of the season.

• Mark the 1,066th win in YSU program history.

 

40 is Rare Feat

• Junior Cameron Morse's 40 points against Toledo was just the 19th time in school history a player has scored at least 40 points in a game.

• Morse is also just the sixth player in school history and the second player since 1981-82 to have multiple 40-point games.

• The most recent player to record multiple 40-point games was Reggie Kemp in 1990 and 1993.