Men's Basketball Visits Oakland Monday Night at the O’Rena

Freshman Jordan Andrews
Freshman Jordan Andrews

 

Youngstown State vs. Oakland
Date & Time Monday, Jan. 4 | 7 p.m.
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Athletics O'Rena | Rochester, Mich.

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Game Preview

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team visits Horizon League foe Oakland, Monday, Jan. 4, at the Blacktop at the O'Rena.
• Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and is on 570 AM WKBN, ESPN3, the WatchESPN app, and the American Sports Network.
• The game is also being picked up by MyYTV in Youngstown, Ohio.

 

Up Next

• The Penguins return home to host Milwaukee in their Horizon League home opener on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Beeghly Center. 
• 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 YSU women's and men's basketball doubleheader.

 

Detroit Recap

• The Penguins are coming off a 96-87 loss to Horizon League foe Detroit on Jan. 2.
• Sophomore Cameron Morse led the Penguins with 24 points, three assists and four steals.
• Junior Matt Donlan scored a career-high 22 points with a career-best six 3-pointers against the Titans.
• Sophomore Sidney Umude scored 13 points while freshman Jordan Andrews also scored 13 points, which was a career high.

 

700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 704 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.
• He ranks 37th with 704 career wins.
• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 704 wins.

 

About Oakland

• Oakland enters the game with a 9-5 overall record and is 1-0 in the Horizon League.
• Oakland is coming off an 86-68 win over Cleveland State to open Horizon League play.
• Junior Kay Felder leads Oakland and the league with 26.4 points and 8.9 assists per game. Felder also leads the nation assists per game and ranks second in scoring.
• Percy Gibson is averaging 13.6 points per game while Max Hooper and Jalen Hayes are averaging 12.2 and 11.8 points per game, respectively.

 

The Oakland Series

• This is the 15th meeting between YSU and Oakland in a series that dates back to 1999.
• The Golden Grizzlies own a 10-4 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last five.
• The Penguins have never won at Oakland.
• The last time YSU defeated the Golden Grizzlies was in 2013 at the Beeghly Center.

 

Donlan Hits For Career High

• Junior Matt Donlan recorded a career-best performance against Detroit on Jan. 2. 
• Donlan scored a career-high 22 points and made a career-best six 3-pointers.
• His previous scoring high was 19 points against Purdue on Dec. 12.

 

Umude Posts Double-Double

• Sophomore Sidney Umude posted the second double-double of his career against Notre Dame.
• He scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds .
• His previous one was against FGCU on Nov. 21.

 

A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its fifth win over Oakland.
• Mark YSU's first over Oakland since 2013.
• Mark YSU's first win at Oakland.
• Snap a five-game losing streak to the Golden Grizzlies.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's 705th career win and his 124th at Youngstown State.
• Mark Jerry Slocum's second win over Oakland.
• Mark the 1,058th victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins a 6-9 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's second road win of the season.

 

Andrews Post Consecutive Scoring Highs

• Freshman Jordan Andrews recorded back-to-back career scoring highs in the last two games.
• Against Detroit, Andrews scored a career-high 13 points in his first career start. 
• He poured in 12 points and made a career-best four 3-pointers and had four rebounds against Notre Dame on Dec. 21.
• Andrews has scored 25 points in the last two games while scoring 60 points in the first 12 contests.

 

To Catch a Thief

• Against Geneva, the Penguins recorded 28 steals as a team.
• It marked the second-highest single-game total in school history.
• The school record is 30 set in 1997.
• It was also just the fifth time in school history the Penguins tallied at least 20 steals in a game.

 

No Bench Warmers

• The Penguins have been getting outstanding production from their bench play after 14 games.
• YSU is averaging 26.4 points per game from its non-starters this season, including a season-high 50 against FGCU on Nov. 21.

 

Down Under Wonder

• Over the last seven games, junior Matt Donlan is averaging 15.1 points per game, has made 25 3-pointers, and is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 54.3 percent from 3-point range 
• He also leads the team with 40 3-pointers and ranks third in the Horizon League with 2.9 3-pointers made per game.
• He also ranks fourth with a .460 3-point percentage.
• Donlan has also scored in double figures in 10 of 14 games.

 

Morse Among Leaders

• Sophomore Cameron Morse is among the Horizon League leaders after the first 14 games of the year. 
• Morse ranks third in the league with 2.1 steals per game and ranks fifth with 15.5 points per game. 
• He is also 10th in free-throw percentage at .754.
• He poured in a career-high 28 points against FGCU on Nov. 21. 
• He also scored 24 points at Detroit on Jan. 2, 22 points against Notre Dame on Dec. 21 and had 23 against Toledo on Nov. 18.