For the second time in four seasons, the Youngstown State men's basketball team (4-5, 0-2 Horizon League will play three Horizon League games in the month of December when it visits Green Bay (9-3, 2-0 Horizon League) on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. EST at the Resch Center. The contest will also be broadcast live on 570 WKBN AM.
• This is 25th meeting between Youngstown State and Green Bay in a series that dates back to the 1992-93 season. Green Bay owns an 18-6 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, the teams split the season series each winning on their own home court. The Phoenix won, 78-61, at the Resch Center while the Penguins won, 77-73, at the Beeghly Center.
• Senior DeAndre Mays has played well in two games against the Phoenix. Mays averaged 21.5 points per game against the Phoenix last season. He scored 22 points in the 78-61 loss and 21 points in the 77-73 win at the Beeghly Center. In the two contests, Mays connected on 17-of-24 free-throw attempts.
• 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 625 career wins.
• The Penguins are coming off a hard-fought 74-65 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 16.
• Senior DeAndre Mays scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-18 from the field while Sirlester Martin scored in double figures for the third straight game with 16 points.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis has scored 669 career points and needs 331 more to become the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's seventh victory over Green Bay and the first at the Resch Center since a 65-61 win on March 4, 2003.
• Mark YSU's third win over Green Bay in the last four games.
• Mark Youngstown State's third road victory of the season.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 626th career victory and his 46th at Youngstown State.
• YSU's 980th victory in the program's history.
Scouting Green Bay
Green Bay is currently 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League. The Phoenix, who are 4-1 at home this season, are led by Rahmon Fletcher with 17.3 points per game while Troy Cotton and Bryquis Perine are both averaging in double figures with 14.7 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. Fletcher is also averaging 26.5 points per game against Horizon League foes. Green Bay leads the Horizon League with a .432 3-point field-goal percentage and ranks second in scoring offense with 73.5 points per game and a .460 field-goal percentage.
Last Time Out
The Penguins are coming off a hard-fought 74-65 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 16. Senior DeAndre Mays scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-18 from the field while Sirlester Martin scored in double figures for the third straight game with 16 points.
The Penguins return home to host High Point, Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7:05 p.m. It marks the first of five straight home contests for the Penguins.
Slocum In Select Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is in some pretty elite company. Slocum, who has 625 career wins, is one of nine active Division I head coaches with more than 600 career victories and ranks seventh among that group.
Mays Hits For Career High
Senior DeAndre Mays posted career-high 27 points in the Guins' 74-65 win over Saint Francis on Dec. 16. Mays connected on 8-of-18 field-goal attempts and 9-of-11 free-throw tries. He is the first player to score 27 points since Kelvin Bright scored 27 against Butler on Dec. 6, 2008. The last player to score 30 points was Keston Roberts scored 31 against Detroit on Feb. 27, 2007.
O vs. D
Green Bay leads the Horizon League with a .432 3-point field-goal percentage and ranks second in scoring offense with 73.5 points per game and a .460 field-goal percentage. Green Bay leads the Horizon League with a .432 3-point field-goal percentage and ranks second in scoring offense with 73.5 points per game and a .460 field-goal percentage. Youngstown State leads the league in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.309) and ranks second in scoring defense (64.8 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.427).
Martin Steppin' Up
Senior Sirlester Martin put together three straight solid performances in the Penguins' last three contests. Martin is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting at a .513 clip. He 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.
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 fifth in the Horizon League with an .833 free-throw percentage (25-of-30). For his career, Cooksey is shooting an impressive .792 (118-of-149) from the line and ranks eighth all-time on the career list.
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 five contests, he has made 10 of his last 21 (47.6 percent), including four against Geneva (11/24), two against Pittsburgh (11/28), two against Detroit (12/3) and two against Saint Francis (12/16).
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 669 points, needs 331 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).
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.
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.
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 a 3-pointer against Saint Francis on Dec. 16, junior Vytas Sulskis is in 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-pointers made list with 97. Sulskis, who has made 10 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 sixth in the Horiz0n League with a .455 3-point percentage (10-of-22).
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.