Slocum’s 700th Win, Morse’s Spectacular Sophomore Season Highlight Hoops Campaign

Head Coach Jerry Slocum (Photo Courtesy of Ron Stevens)
Head Coach Jerry Slocum (Photo Courtesy of Ron Stevens)

The Youngstown State men's basketball season ended recently and the Penguins posted some impressive individual and team accomplishments throughout the year.

Below is a list of outstanding team and individual highlights of the 2015-16 season:

  • Head Coach Jerry Slocum became the 38th coach in NCAA history to record 700 career wins after the Penguins defeated North Dakota, 79-69, on Nov. 23, 2015.
  • For the seventh straight year, the Penguins scored at least 2,000 points in a year with 2,437. It marks second-highest scoring total in school history and the third time in the last four years that the Penguins have scored at least 2,400 points in a season.
  • The Penguins made 257 3-pointers this season, which ranks second on the Youngstown State single-season list. The school record of 270 was set in 2011-12. It also marked the sixth consecutive year that Youngstown State made at least 200 3-pointers in a season.
  • The Penguins' .365 3-point field-goal percentage (257-of-704) ranks tied for fifth on the YSU single-season chart.
  • The Penguins posted their best team free-throw percentage since 2013-14 at .711 (440-of-619) and that mark tied for fifth on the YSU single-season list.
  • Senior Bobby Hain finished his career with 1,187 career points and 679 career rebounds and a career field-goal percentage of .507. He ranks tied for 21st in scoring, 11th in rebounding and seventh in field-goal percentage.
  • In an injury shortened senior year, Hain averaged 12.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, scored in double figures seven times and had three double-doubles. He posted a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds in YSU's 79-69 win over North Dakota. He was also one assist shy of recording the first triple-double in school history with 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists against Niagara on Nov. 28.
  • Sophomore Cameron Morse turned in one of the best offensive seasons in school history. Morse scored 608 points and averaged 20.3 points per game, which ranked second in the Horizon League. His 608 points rank ninth on the YSU single-season list and he is just the seventh player in school history to score at least 600 points in a year.
  • Morse was named All-Horizon League Second-Team and led the Horizon League in scoring in league games with 23.3 points per game. It marks the third time in the last five years a Youngstown State player has led the league in scoring (all games or league-only).
  • Morse scored in double figures in 27 of 30 games played and scored at least 20 points 17 times, including 13 times in Horizon League play.
  • Morse scored a career-high 44 points against Green Bay on Jan. 9, 2016. He became the first player to score at least 40 points since Reggie Kemp in 1993, and became the just the eighth player in school history to score at least 40 points in a game.
  • Morse also made 142 free throws, which rank tied for fifth on the single-season list.
  • Junior Matt Donlan finished the season as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country. Donlan led the Horizon League and finished the regular-season ranked fifth in the country with a .463 3-point percentage.
  • Donlan also broke the YSU single-season 3-point percentage record of .447 set by John Robinson in 1986-87.
  • Donlan made 82 3-pointers, which rank fifth on the YSU single-season list.
  • Freshman Jordan Andrews was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team, becoming the seventh YSU player to be named to the All-Newcomer/All-Freshman Team since 2002-03.
  • Andrews broke the Youngstown State freshman 3-point record and finished the year with 50. The old mark of 46 was set by Vytas Sulskis in 2007-08.
  • He averaged 9.8 points per game against Horizon League opponents and shot 38.6 percent from behind the arc in league play.
  • Sophomore Francisco Santiago finished fourth in the Horizon League in assists per game at 4.3 and ranked third in total assists with 139.
  • Santiago was also sixth in steals per game at 1.4 and ranked seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio with 1.9.
  • Santiago, who averaged 9.1 point per game, finished with 139 assists, which rank as the 10th most in YSU's Division I history.