The Youngstown State men's basketball team continues its road trip with an important Horizon League contest against Wright State, Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Nutter Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN AM.
Opening Tip Notes
• This is 39th meeting between Youngstown State and Wright State in a series that dates back to 1977. The Raiders own a 31-7 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last four contests. Last season at the Nutter Center, Wright State squeeked out a 60-59 victory after trailing by 13 at the half. The last time YSU defeated Wright State was a 72-57 victory on Feb. 23, 2007, at the Beeghly Center. The last time the Penguins won at the Nutter Center was a 62-52 decision on Dec. 17, 1994.
• Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is one of 17 active coaches with more than 600 career victories. He currently ranks seventh among active Division I coaches with 624 career wins.
• The Penguins are coming off an 82-71 loss in the Horizon League opener against Detroit on Thursday evening.
• Senior DeAndre Mays led three Penguins in double-figures with 16 points while senior Sirlester Martin and junior Vytas Sulskis each scored 14 points.
• Junior Dan Boudler made his first career start againt Detroit and responded with a season-high nine points. He also set career highs with five free-throws made and 28 minutes played.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis has scored 655 career points and needs 345 more to become the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's eighth victory over Detroit and the first win at the Nutter Center since 1994.
• Mark YSU's first win over Wright State since 2007.
• Mark the fourth time in the last five seasons that YSU began Horizon League play 1-1 after two games.
• Mark YSU's best start after eight games since it started the 2002-03 season with a 4-4 record.
• Mark Youngstown State's second road victory of the season.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 625th career victory and his 44th at Youngstown State.
• YSU's 979th victory in the program's history.
Scouting Wright State
Wright State is currently 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Horizon League after coming off a 73-64 win over Cleveland State on Thursday evening. Cooper Land led the Raiders with 14 points against the Vikings while Cory Cooperwood added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Todd Brown leads three Raiders scoring in double figures with 17.2 points per game. Brown also ranks second in the Horizon League in scoring. Vaughn Duggins is second on the team with 15.7 points per game while Cooperwood is averaging 10.7 points per contest.
Last Time Out
The Penguins dropped a tough 82-71 decision to Horizon League foe Detroit on Thursday evening at Calihan Hall. Senior DeAndre Mays led the team with 16 points while senior Sirlester Martin and junior Vytas Sulskis each posted 14 points. The Penguins mounted two double-digit comebacks in the second half but fell a little short against the Titans.
The Penguins take an 11-day break from action to prep for final exams before returning to the road to take on Saint Francis (Pa.). Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in Loretto, Pa. The Penguins then return to Horizon League action for the third time in December when they visit Green Bay, Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. EDT.
Slocum In Select Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is in some pretty elite company. Slocum, who has 624 career wins, is one of nine active Division I head coaches with more than 600 career victories and ranks seventh among that group.
Boudler Shines in First Career Start
Junior Dan Boudler made his first career start against Detroit on Thursday night and took full advantage of his opportunity. Boudler set scored a season-high nine points and posted career highs with five made free throws and 28 minutes played. He also grabbed four boards.
Mays Heatin' Up From Downtown
After missing his first nine 3-pointers of the season, senior DeAndre Mays seems to be finding his stroke from behind the arc. Over the last three contests, he has made eight of his last 16, including four against Geneva (11/24), two against Pittsburgh (11/28) and two against Detroit (12/3).
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 655 points, needs 345 more to reach 1,000. He scored in double figures in five of seven games this season, including 12 against Xavier (11/13), 10 against Hiram (11/15), 15 against Kent State, 10 against Geneva (11/24) and 14 against Detroit (12/3).
Senior DeAndre Mays has been tough on opponents over the last three games. Mays is averaging 16.7 points per game, shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range during that span. Mays has scored in double figures in five of the seven contests this season.
Blocker Sets Petersen Events Center
Last Saturday against Pittsburgh senior Dallas Blocker tied a career high with five steals. Not only did it tie his personal best, but it set a Petersen Events Center record for most steals by an opposing player. Blocker also led the Penguins with six rebounds and three assists against the Panthers. He also had five steals against Allegheny last season.
Guins Drain 11 3-Pointers
Youngstown State used a barrge of 3-point baskets to knock off Geneva 88-47 on Nov. 24. It marked a season high for the Guins and the first time they made at least 10 3-pointers in a game since they nailed 12 against UIC on Feb. 5, 2009.
Ward Ties Career High
With 11 points against Geneva on Nov. 24, sophomore Ashen Ward tied his career scoring high. The last time he scored 11 points was against Allegheny on Nov. 22, 2008. He also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against the Golden Tornadoes.
Cooksey Cookin' at the Line
Junior guard Vance Cooksey continues to be one of the progam's best free-throw shooters. The Chicago, Ill., native leads the team and ranks eighth in the Horizon League with an .818 free-throw percentage (18-of-22). For his career, Cooksey is shooting an impressive .787 (111-of-141) from the line and ranks eighth all-time on the career list.
D'Haiti Nets Double-Double
Youngstown State freshman Eddie D'Haiti recorded the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Hiram on Nov. 15. D'Haiti also dished out six assists and tallied a blocked shot and a steal. The last freshman to record a double-double was Dan Boudler with 10 points and 15 rebounds against Lock Haven on Nov. 16, 2007.
Sulskis Climbin' 3-Point Chart
With two 3-pointers against Pittsburgh on Nov. 24, junior Vytas Sulskis is in 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-pointers made list with 96. Sulskis, who has made nine this season, made 39 3-pointers last season and 46 during his freshman campaign. He needs 11 more to move into ninth place and surpass Elmer Brown (106, 1998-99) with 107. He also ranks eighth in the Horizon League with a .429 3-point percentage (9-of-19).
Two Top 10-Plus Rebounds For First Time in Three Season
Dallas Blocker and Eddie D'Haiti became the first duo to record at least 10 rebounds each in a single-game in almost three years when they accomplished the feat against Hiram on Nov. 15. Blocker collected a career-high 11 while D'Haiti grabbed 10 boards. The last pair to accomplish that feat was Jack Liles (13) and Quin Humphrey (12) against Green Bay on Feb. 8, 2007.
Guins Ink Kendrick Perry During Early Signing Period
Youngstown State signed Kendrick Perry, a 6-foot point guard, to a National Letter-of-Intent during the early signing period. Perry, who hails from Orlando, Fla., was a preseason first-team all-conference and all-district selection. Over the summer, he led his AAU team to a third-place finish at the national tournament.