• This is the first meeting between Youngstown State and
North Carolina Central.
• 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 628 career wins.
• The Penguins dropped a disappointing 69-55 decision to Green Bay at the Beeghly Center on Sunday. Junior Vance Cooksey and senior DeAndre Mays each led the Penguins in scoring with 10 points each. Senior Sirlester Martin and junior Vytas Sulskis each added eight points.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis continues to move up the Youngstown State all-time 3-point chart. With 22 3-pointers made this season, Sulskis now ranks ninth all-time with 107 career 3-pointers. He needs seven more to move into eighth place surpassing Dave Henderson who made 113 from 1994-97.
• 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 568 points, Martin has totaled 521 and Bright has scored 519 career points.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis has scored 765 career points and needs 235 more to become the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 8-12 overall and snap a four-game losing streak.
• Mark the program's first win over North Carolina Central.
• Mark YSU's sixth home victory of the season.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 629th career victory and his 49th at Youngstown State.
• YSU's 983rd victory in the program's history.
Scouting North Carolina Central
North Carolina Central enters tonight's game with a 4-17 overall record and a 0-15 road mark. The Eagles have lost 36 straight road contests dating back to the 2007-08 season. Junior C.J. Wilkerson leads the Eagles with 15.1 points per game while sophomore Nick Chasten averages 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Guard Michael Glasker leads the team with an impressive 5.2 assists-per-game average.
Last Time Out
The Penguins dropped a disappointing 69-55 decision to Green Bay at the Beeghly Center on Sunday. Junior Vance Cooksey and senior DeAndre Mays each led the Penguins in scoring with 10 points each. Senior Sirlester Martin and junior Vytas Sulskis each added eight points.
Sulskis Now Ninth
Junior Vytas Sulskis continues to move up the Youngstown State all-time 3-point chart. With 22 3-pointers made this season, Sulskis now ranks ninth all-time with 107 career 3-pointers. He needs seven more to move into eighth place surpassing Dave Henderson who made 113 from 1994-97.
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 568 points, Martin has totaled 521 and Bright has scored 519 career points.
The Penguins return to Horizon League action when they visit Cleveland State, Saturday, Jan. 30. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Wolstein Center and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Slocum In Select Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is in some pretty elite company. Slocum, who has 628 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 765 points, needs 235 more to reach 1,000. He scored in double figures in 11 of 18 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), a season-high 17 against Green Bay (12/19),13 against High Point (12/22), 17 against UIC (1/7), 11 against Valparaiso (1/16) and 11 against Milwaukee (1/22).
Martin Steppin' Up
Over the last 13 games, senior Sirlester Martin has played well for the Penguins. Martin is averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting at a 48.7 (75-of-154) clip. Martin scored 11 against Milwaukee (1/22), scored a career-high 23 points against then No. 22 Butler (1/16), recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Valparaiso (1/14), scored 14 against Loyola (1/9), 12 against UIC (1/7), 15 against Cleveland State (1/2), posted 12 points against Robert Morris (12/30), tied a career-high 20 points against High Point (12/22), scored 16 points against Saint Francis on Dec. 16, scored 16 points and had nine rebounds in a loss to Wright State on Dec. 5 and scored 14 points in a loss at Detroit on Dec. 3. He has also scored in double figures in 11 of the last 13 contests.
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.
Penguins Players of the Week
Sirlester Martin - Dec. 28
DeAndre Mays - Jan. 11
Guins Hit 90 Percent
In the 76-67 win over UIC on Jan. 7, Youngstown State shot an impressive 90 percent from the free-throw line connecting on 18-of-20 free-three attempts. It marked the first time this season the Penguins made 90 percent from the charity stripe. It is also the best free-throw shooting performance by the Guins since they shot 100-percent (17-of-17) against Butler (12/6/08).
Rebillot Grabs Career High
Senior Zack Rebillot made his presence felt in the 76-67 win over UIC on Jan. 7. The Canton, Ohio, native grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and added four points. Eight of his boards came on the defensive glass. Rebillot has missed the last two games due to a foot injury.
Ward Ties Career High
Sophomore Ashen Ward tied a career high with 11 points against Robert Morris on Dec. 30. Ward connected on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and matched a career best with three 3-pointers. He also scored 11 points against Geneva earlier this season and against Allegheny last year.
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.