Men's Basketball Hosts American Friday Night at Beeghly Center

Sophomore Sidney Umude
Sophomore Sidney Umude
Youngstown State vs. American
Date & Time Friday, Dec. 4 | 7:05 p.m.
Arena Beeghly Center | Youngstown, Ohio
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Game Preview

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team plays consecutive home games for the first time this season when it hosts American, Friday, Dec. 4.
• Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. ET and is on 570 AM WKBN, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

 

Up Next

• After a break for finals, the Penguins visit No. 11 Purdue, Saturday, Dec. 12, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
• Tipoff is set for at 2 p.m.
• It will be Youngstown State's first game against a nationally-ranked opponent since a 68-57 loss to No. 18/15 Butler on Feb. 11, 2010, at the Beeghly Center.

 

Robert Morris Recap

• The Penguins are coming off a 65-58 win over Robert Morris on Dec. 2. 
• Junior Matt Donlan tied a career high with 18 points and made a career-best five 3-pointers to lead the Penguins.
• Senior Bobby Hain reached double figures for the seventh time this year with 14 points and had seven rebounds.
• Sophomore Francisco Santiago scored 12 points with five assists and junior Brett Frantz added a career-high 10 points.
• The win marked YSU's first four-game winning streak since the start of the 2013-14 season.

 

700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 703 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.
• He ranks 37th with 703 career wins.
• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 703 wins.

 

About American

• American enters the game with a record of 1-5 and is coming off an 81-56 loss to Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 1.
• Jesse Reed is the only player for the Eagles averaging in double figures with 11.2 points per game.
• American is averaging just 51 points per game.

 

The American Series

• This is the first meeting between Youngstown State and American.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its first win over American.
• Extend YSU's win streak to five games.
• Mark YSU's first five-game win streak since 1998-99.
• Mark YSU's second straight win at the Beeghly Center.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's 704th career win and his 123rd at Youngstown State.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's first win over American.
• Mark the 1,057th victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins a 5-4 overall record.
• Mark YSU's third home win of the season.

 

Hain Climbing Scoring Chart

• With 14 points against Niagara, senior Bobby Hain ranks 22nd on the  YSU all-time scoring list with 1,155 career points.
• He needs just 33 more to move into 21st place past Ron Smith, who had 1,187 points from 1973-77.
• Hain also has 659 career rebounds and needs 23 more to move into 10th place on the all-time rebounding list.

 

No Bench Warmers

• The Penguins have been getting outstanding production from their bench play after eight games.
• YSU is averaging 28.3 points per game from its non-starters this season, including a season-high 50 against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 21.

 

No JK-ing Around

• Over the last four games, junior Jorden Kaufman has made huge strides for the Penguins.
• Kaufman is averaging 12 points and six rebounds per game and is shooting 73.3 percent (22-of-30) from the field in the last game games.
• Kaufman scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field in a 79-69 win over North Dakota on Nov. 23.

 

Paint Ball

• The Penguins have been taking advantage of their size in the paint recently.
• In their four straight wins, the Penguins have scored at least 34 points in the paint in each game.
• Over the last four contests, the Penguins averaged 39 points in the paint, including a season-high 48 against North Dakota on Nov. 23.

 

Hain Is Rare

• Senior Bobby Hain is in a class by himself in the Horizon League.
• Hain is the only player in the league to average at least 16 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and shoot at least 50 percent from the field.
• He ranks fifth in scoring (16.1 ppg), fifth in rebounds (7.8), ninth in assists (3.6 apg) and tied for 13th in field-goal percentage (.500).
• Hain also ranks 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.4.

 

Down Under Wonder

• Junior Matt Donlan is off to a fantastic start with the Penguins.
• Donlan tied a career high with 18 points against Robert Morris on Dec. 2
• He also set a career high with five 3-pointers made against the Colonials.
• He scored 18 points with four 3-pointers against Toledo on Nov. 18.
• He also turned in a terrific debut for the Penguins against Kent State on Nov. 14. 
• The 6-foot-7 forward scored 15 points and had three 3-pointers against the Golden Flashes.
• Donlan has scored in double figures five times in eight games, and averages 12.0 points per game.
• He also leads the team with 20 3-pointers and ranks seventh in the Horizon League with 2.5 3-pointers made per game.