Men's Basketball Opens Four-Game Homestand Against Oakland Thursday

Junior Matt Donlan and the Penguins host Oakland Thursday Night
Junior Matt Donlan and the Penguins host Oakland Thursday Night

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Youngstown State vs. Oakland
Date & Time Thursday, Feb. 4 | 7:45 p.m.
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Beeghly Center | Youngstown, Ohio

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Game Preview

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team begins a four-game homestand at the Beeghly Center when it entertains Oakland, Thursday, Feb. 4.
• Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m. ET and is on 570 AM WKBN, ESPN3,  and the WatchESPN app.
• The game is part of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader.

 

Up Next

• The Penguins host Detroit, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
• The game is part of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader.

 

Valpo Recap

• The Penguins are coming off a 97-68 loss to Valparaiso on Jan. 30.
• Sophomore Cameron Morse led the Penguins with a game-high 27 points.
• It marked Morse's 10th 20-point outing and his seventh against the Horizon League. 
• Junior Matt Donlan also reached double figures with 12 points for the Penguins.

 

Morse Improvement

• Sophomore Cameron Morse is averaging 13.2 points more per game than last season.
• That scoring improvement ranks as the second-highest in Youngstown State's Division I era (since 1981-82).
• The highest increase in YSU's Division I history was 14.3 points per game by Tilman Bevely from 1985-86 to 1986-87.
• Bevely averaged 9.3 points per game in 1985-86 and 23.6 points per game in 1986-87.

 

700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 708 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.
• He ranks 37th with 708 career wins.
• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 708 wins.

 

About Oakland

• Oakland enters the game with an overall record of 15-8 and a 7-3 mark in the Horizon League.
• Junior Kay Felder leads the Golden Grizzlies with 25.6 points per game, which is tops in the Horizon League in all games.
• Felder is also averaging 8.8 assists per game.
• Jalen Hayes is averaging 13.1 points per game while Max Hooper and Percy Gibson are averaging 11.5 and 11.4 points per game, respectively.

 

The Oakland Series

• This is the 16th meeting between Youngstown State and Oakland in a series that dates back to 1999. 
• The Golden Grizzlies own a 10-5 advantage in the all-time series, but the Penguins won the last meeting, 100-98, at the O'rena.
• The last time the Penguins defeated Oakland in the Beeghly Center was in 2013.

 

Last Time vs. Oakland

• Junior Jorden Kaufman's tip-in with one second remaining lifted the Penguins to a 100-98 win over the Golden Grizzlies at the O'Rena on Jan. 4.
• The Penguins hit a season-high 16 3-pointers and were led in scoring by Cameron Morse with 23 points.
• Junior Matt Donlan scored 19 points with five 3-pointers and Kaufman posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
• Freshman Jordan Andrews set a career-scoring high with 18 points and made four 3s.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its sixth win over Oakland.
• Mark YSU's second straight win over the Golden Grizzlies.
• Mark YSU's first win over the Golden Grizziles at the Beeghly Center since 2013.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's 709th career win and his 128th at Youngstown State.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's third win over Oakland.
• Mark the 1,062nd victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins an 10-14 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's fifth home win of the season.

 

Donlan Now 6th

• With two 3-pointers against Valparaiso on Jan. 30, junior Matt Donlan moved into sixth place on the single-season 3-pointer list with 66.
• He moved past Quin Humphrey, who made 65 in 2006-07.
• He needs three more to move into fifth place on the list and five more to become the fourth player to make 70 3s in one year.
• The others were Blake Allen (2011-12, 2012-13), Marcus Keene (2014-15) and Craig Haese (2000-01).
• It also marks the fifth straight year a YSU player has made at least 60 3s in a season.

 

Santiago Nearing Century Club

• Sophomore Francisco Santiago is nearing 100 assists on the season.
• Santiago has 95 assists and needs five more to reach the 100-assist plateau.
• It would mark the eighth straight year a YSU player collected at least 100 assists in a season.