Men's Basketball Visits Niagara Saturday Afternoon

Junior Jorden Kaufman and the Penguins visit Niagara Saturday afternoon
Junior Jorden Kaufman and the Penguins visit Niagara Saturday afternoon
Game Notes vs. Niagara

 

Youngstown State vs. Niagara
Date & Time Saturday, Nov. 28 | 3 p.m.
Arena Gallagher Center | Niagara University, N.Y.
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Game Preview

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team is back on the road and take on Niagara, Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Gallagher Center in Niagara University, N.Y.
• Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and can be heard on 570 AM WKBN.

 

Up Next

• The Penguins return to the Beeghly Center for the first of two straight home games against Robert Morris, Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:05 p.m.

 

Thiel Recap

• The Penguins are coming off a 69-55 win over Thiel on Nov. 25 at the Beeghly Center.
• Senior Bobby Hain led four players scoring in double figures with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
• Junior Jorden Kaufman also scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting while sophomore Cameron Morse and freshman Jordan Andrews added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

 

700 Club

• Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 701 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.
• He will move into a tie for 37th with Dick Sauers, who had 702 career wins.
• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 701 wins.

 

About Niagara

• Niagara enters the game with a 2-4 overall record and is coming off a 77-73 loss to Hartford on Nov. 24.
• Matt Scott leads the Purple Eagles with 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
• Emile Blackman and Justin Satchell are also in double figures with 12.5 and 11.7 points per game, respectively.

 

The Niagara Series

• This is the 13th meeting between Youngstown State and Niagara in a series that dates back to 1958.
• The Purple Eagles have won the last three contests, including the last matchup in 2003, an 89-80 win at the Gallagher Center.
• Youngstown State's last victory over Niagara was a 63-60 win at Niagara in 1997.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its sixth win over Niagara.
• Stop a three-game losing streak to Niagara.
• Mark YSU's first win over Niagara since 1997.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's 702nd career win and his 121st at Youngstown State.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's first win over Niagara.
• Mark the 1,055th victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins a 3-4 overall record.
• Mark YSU's first road win of the season.

 

Hain Climbing Scoring Chart

• With 13 points against Thiel, senior Bobby Hain ranks 23rd on the  YSU all-time scoring list with 1,125 career points.
• He needs just six more to move into 22nd place past Bob Atterholt, who had 1,130 points from 1954-58.
• Hain also has 641 career rebounds and needs 41 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 six games.
• YSU is averaging 32 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 two games, junior Jorden Kaufman has made huge strides for the Penguins.
• Kaufman scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Thiel on Nov. 25.
• He turned his best performance against North Dakota on Nov. 23. 
• Kaufman connected on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and had a career-high 17 points.
• He is averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game and is shooting 76.5 percent (13of-17) from the field in the last two games.

 

Hain on the Leaderboard

• Senior Bobby Hain's name is in the top 10 in three important statistical categories.
• He ranks fifth in scoring (16.5 ppg), sixth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.514).

 

Down Under Wonder

• Junior Matt Donlan is off to a fantastic start with the Penguins.
• He scored a career-high 18 points with a career-best 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 three times in five games, and averages 11.0 points per game.
• He also leads the team with 13 3-pointers.

 

Morse Among Leaders

• Sophomore Cameron Morse is among the Horizon League leaders after the first six games of the year. 
• Morse ranks second in the league with 2.8 steals per game and ranks six with 15.7 points per game. 
• He poured in a career-high 28 points against FGCU on Nov. 21. 
• It marked his second straight 20-point performance and he has scored 94 points in the first six games. Morse scored 102 points in 17 games played as a freshman.