The Youngstown State men's basketball team (8-17, 2-13 Horizon League) visits Milwaukee in the Penguins' final Horizon League road contest, Monday, Feb. 15. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EDT) at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis. The game will also be broadcast live on 570 WKBN AM and the Horizon League Network.
• This is the 27th meeting between Youngstown State and Milwaukee in a series that dates back to 1972. The Panthers own a 21-5 lead in the all-time series and have won four of the last five contests, including a 69-59 victory earlier this season at the Beeghly Center. The last time Youngstown State won at U.S. Cellular Arena was a 68-65 triumph on Dec. 10, 2006.
• Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is one of 18 active coaches with more than 600 career victories. He currently ranks seventh among active Division I coaches with 629 career wins.
• The Penguins are coming off a disappointing 77--75 loss to Valparaiso at the Beeghly Center on Feb. 13. Junior Vytas Sulskis led the Penguins with his first career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds while senior DeAndre Mays posted his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. Senior Kelvin Bright also recorded 18 points.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis continues to move up the Youngstown State all-time 3-point chart. With 37 3-pointers made this season, Sulskis now ranks seventh all-time with 122 career 3-pointers. He needs five more to move into sixth place surpassing Ryan Patton who made 126 from 1998-2002.
• In less than two full seasons, seniors Kelvin Bright, Sirlester Martin and DeAndre Mays have eclipsed the 500 career point total at YSU. Mays has scored 679 points, Bright has scored 596 career points and Martin has totaled 550.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis has scored 855 career points and needs 145 more to become the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 9-17 overall and 3-13 in the Horizon League.
• Mark the program's sixth win over Milwaukee and the first win at the U.S. Cellular Arena since 2006.
• Mark YSU's third road of the season.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 630th career victory and his 50th at Youngstown State.
• YSU's 984th victory in the program's history.
The Milwaukee Series
This is the 27th meeting between Youngstown State and Milwaukee in a series that dates back to 1972. The Panthers own a 21-5 lead in the all-time series and have won four of the last five contests, including a 69-59 victory earlier this season at the Beeghly Center. The last time Youngstown State won at U.S. Cellular Arena was a 68-65 triumph on Dec. 10, 2006.
Milwaukee enters the game with a 14-12 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Horizon League. Seniors Ricky Franklin and James Eayrs lead the Panthers in scoring with 14.8 and 12.3 points per game, respectively.
Last Time Against Milwaukee
In the first meeting this season, the Penguins shot just 34.8 percent in a 69-59 loss to the Panthers. Senior Sirlester Martin and junior Vytas Sulskis each scored 11 points and DeAndre Mays added 10 points.
Mays Notches First Double-Double
With 16 points and 10 assists against Valparaiso on Feb. 13, senior DeAndre Mays recorded his first career double-double. He became the first YSU player since Derrick Harris had 10 points and 12 assists against Canisius on Feb. 16, 2006, to record a points-assists double-double.
Sulskis Collects First Double-Double
Just like DeAndre Mays, junior Vytas Sulskis recorded his first career double-double with a season-high 24 points and tied a career-high 11 rebounds against Valparaiso on Feb. 13.
Over the last 13 games, senior DeAndre Mays has been stellar. The Dallas, Texas, native is averaging 16.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and has scored in double figures in 12 of the 13 games, including the last eights.
Bright Steppin' Up
Over the last six games, senior Kelvin Bright has increased his offensive production. Bright has scored in double figures in four of the last six games and is averaging 12.8 points per contest. Bright is also shooting 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field and 71.4 percent (25-of-35) from the free-throw line.
Against UIC on Feb. 6, DeAndre Mays and Vytas Sulskis each eclipsed te 20-point plateau with 22 and 21 points. The duo is the first pair of Penguins to score at least 20 points in a game since Vance Cooksey (24) and Kelvin Bright did it against Kent State in 2008.
Six Reach Doubles
Against Loyola on Feb. 4, six Penguins scored in double figures. It marked the first time that many YSU players reached double digits since a 96-59 win over Allegheny on Nov. 22, 2008.
Sulskis Now Seventh
Junior Vytas Sulskis continues to move up the Youngstown State all-time 3-point chart. With 37 3-pointers made this season, Sulskis now ranks ninth all-time with 118 career 3-pointers. He needs five more to move into sixth place surpassing Ryan Patton who made 126 from 1998-2002.
Bright, Martin, Mays in 500-Point Club
In less than two full seasons, seniors Kelvin Bright, Sirlester Martin and DeAndre Mays have eclipsed the 500 career point total at YSU. Mays has scored 679 points, Bright has scored 596 career points and Martin has totaled 550.
Against Loyola on Feb. 4, the Penguins set several first-half season highs. The Guins' new first-half bests include points (53), field-goals made (19), 3-point field-goals made (9), field-goal percentage (.633) and assists (12).
The Penguins visit UC-Riverside in the annual BracketBusters event, Saturday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m.
Slocum In Select Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is in some pretty elite company. Slocum, who has 629 career wins, is one of nine active Division I head coaches with more than 600 career victories and ranks seventh among that group.
Sulskis Closing In on 1,000
Junior Vytas Sulskis is inching his way toward becoming the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Sulskis, who has scored 855 points, needs 145 more to reach 1,000. He scored in double figures in 16 of 25 games this season, including 12 against Xavier (11/13), 10 against Hiram (11/15), 15 against Kent State, 10 against Geneva (11/24),14 against Detroit (12/3), 17 against Green Bay (12/19),13 against High Point (12/22), 17 against UIC (1/7), 11 against Valparaiso (1/16), 11 against Milwaukee (1/22), 11 against North Carolina Central, 12 against Loyola (2/4), 21 against UIC (2/6), 14 against Butler (2/11) and a season-high 24 against Vlaparaiso (2/13).
Mays Named Player of the Week
For the first time in his career, Youngstown State senior DeAndre Mays was named the Horizon League's Player of the Week, the league announced Jan. 11. Mays averaged 22.5 points per game and shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from 3-point range. The Dallas, Texas, native led the Penguins to a 2-0 record and shot 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the free-throw line. He is the 40th player in school history with a 30-point game.
Last to Score 30
With 30 points against Loyola on Jan. 9, senior DeAndre Mays set a career-high and became the first player to score at least 30 points since Keston Roberts scored 31 against Detroit on Feb. 27, 2007. Mays' performance is the 10-time under Jerry Slocum a player has scored at least 30 points in a game. YSU had just 10 30-point plus performances from Feb. 1988 to Dec. 2005.