For the second straight season, the Youngstown State men's basketball team will host a nationally-televised game on ESPNU when it entertains Milwaukee, Friday, Jan. 22. Tipoff is slated for 7:02 p.m. at the Beeghly Center. The game will also be broadcast live on 570 WKBN AM.
• This is the 26th meeting between Youngstown State and Milwaukee in series that dates back to 1972. Milwaukee owns a 20-5 advantage in the all-time series, but the Penguins won the most recent clash with a 70-68 victory at the Beeghly Center. The Panthers had won the previous three contests prior that.
• 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 Guins are coming off a 91-61 loss at No. 22 Butler on Jan. 16. Senior Sirlester Martin scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Senior Kelvin Bright added 10 points for the Penguins.
• Last week, Martin averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per per game. Besides his career-high 23 against Butler, Martin posted the fifth double-double of his career and the first this season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-66 loss at Valparaiso on Jan. 14.
• Over the last 11 games, senior Sirlester Martin is averaging 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and shooting 50.4 percent from the field. He has also scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 contests.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis has scored 746 career points and needs 254 more to become the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 8-10 overall and 3-6 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's sixth win over Milwaukee and the second consecutive victory over the Panthers at the Beeghly Center.
• Mark YSU's second straight win on ESPNU.
• 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.
Milwaukee enters the game with an overall record of 11-8 and a 3-4 mark in the Horizon League. Ricky Franklin leads the squad in scoring with 14.4 points per game while James Eayrs is in double figures at 12.3 points per contest. The Panthers are coming off a 67-61 overtime win against Wright State on Jan. 16, but are 0-2 in Horizon League road games.
Last Time Out
The Guins are coming off a 91-61 loss at No. 22 Butler on Jan. 16. Senior Sirlester Martin scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Senior Kelvin Bright added 10 points for the Penguins.
Last Time Against Milwaukee
Vytas Sulskis hit a jumper with 1.4 seconds remaining to lift the Penguins to a 70-68 victory on Feb. 14, 2009, at the Beeghly Center. The Penguins, who trailed by five at the intermission, were led by Sirlester Martin's 20 points while DeAndre Mays added 15, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Guins Last Time on ESPNU
In its last game on ESPNU, Youngstown State knocked off rival Cleveland State, 64-60, in front of a crowd of 6,249 - the fourth-largest crowd in school history. Jack Liles led the Penguins with 18 points while DeAndre Mays posted 16 points, Sirlester Martin scored 15 and Kelvin Bright added 10 points.
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
The Penguins continue their home stand when they welcome Green Bay, Sunday, Jan. 24. Tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
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.
Guins in The League
Youngstown State has several players listed among the Horizon League's statistical leaders. In all games, Sirlester Martin ranks fourth in field-goal percentage (.481), eighth in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and 15th in scoring (12.5 ppg); Vytas Sulskis ranks seventh in 3-point percentage (.426 or 20-of-47); DeAndre Mays is 12th in scoring (13.3 ppg). In league games, Martin ranks 10th in scoring (14.1 ppg) and Mays is 13th (13.8); Martin ranks ninth in field-goal percentage (.505) and seventh in rebounding (6.9).
Martin Steppin' Up
Over the last 11 games, senior Sirlester Martin has played well for the Penguins. Martin is averaging 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting at a 50.4 (67-of-133) clip. Martin 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 10 of the last 11 contests.
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).
Sulskis Climbin' 3's Chart
With a 3-pointer against Butler, junior Vytas Sulskis continues to inch up the career 3-point chart with 105. Sulskis, who has made 20 this season, made 39 3-pointers last season and 46 during his freshman campaign. He needs two more to move into ninth place and surpass Elmer Brown (106, 1998-99) with 107.
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.
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.
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 746 points, needs 254 more to reach 1,000. He scored in double figures in 10 of 17 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) and 11 against Valparaiso (1/16).
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.