Men's Basketball Plays First Road Contest at Toledo Tuesday

Devin Haygood (Photo by John Vogel)
Devin Haygood (Photo by John Vogel)

Game Preview 

• The Youngstown State men's basketball team plays its first road game of the season when it visits Mid-American Conference member Toledo, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Savage Arena.

• Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET and is on 570 AM WKBN, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.


Up Next

• The Penguins will play three games in three days this weekend at the Red Diamond Roundball Classic hosted by South Alabama, Nov, 18-20, in Mobile, Ala.

• The Penguins take on Jacksonville, Friday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m.


Last Time Out

• Junior Cameron Morse scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting to lead the Penguins to a 90-82 win over MAC preseason favorite Akron on Nov. 12.

• Senior Matt Donlan scored 20 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers.

• Junior Francisco Santiago added 15 points and seven assists.

• The Penguins trailed by as many as 11 points but shot 54.3 percent in the second half en route to the come-back win.


Morse Named Preseason All-Horizon League

• Junior Cameron Morse, a 2016 All-Horizon League selection, was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League First-Team.

• Morse led the Horizon League in scoring in league games with 23.3 points per game and ranked second overall with 20.3 points per game.


700 Club

• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 711 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.

• He ranks 37th with 711 career wins.

• Slocum currently ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 711 wins.


Morse Improvement

• Junior Cameron Morse averaged 14.3 points more per game in his sophomore year from his freshman season.

• That scoring improvement ranks tied for the highest in Youngstown State's Division I era (since 1981-82).

• It matches the best increase in YSU's Division I history of 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. 


About Toledo

• Toledo enters the game with an 0-1 record after dropping its season opener to St. Joseph's, 77-76, on Nov. 12.

• Jonathan Williams led the Rockets with 18 points while Steve Taylor, Jr., scored 14 points and Daniel Dzierzawski added 13 points.


The Toledo Series

• This is the 13th meeting between Youngstown State and Toledo in a series that dates back to 1942.

• The Penguins and Rockets played four times between 1942 and 1943 and the Rockets won all four meetings.

• The teams took a 54-year hiatus from playing each other but, since 1997, the Penguins and Rockets have squared off eight times.

• The Rockets own a 10-2 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last two games.

• Youngstown State last defeated Toledo, 73-67, in 2010 at the Beeghly Center. 



A Win Would

• Give Youngstown State its third win over Toledo.

• Mark YSU's first win over the Rockets since 2010.

• Mark YSU's first win in Toledo.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's 712th career win and his 131st at Youngstown State.

• Mark Jerry Slocum's second win over Toledo.

• Mark the 1,065th victory in program history.

• Give the Penguins an 2-0 overall record.

• Mark YSU's first road win of the season.


Morse 1,000-Point Countdown

• Junior Cameron Morse has scored 737 points in just two seasons and needs 263 more to become the 37th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

• Morse's 608 points last season are the ninth most in school history and the third-most since YSU joined Division I in 1981-82.


Donlan Tied Career High

• Senior Matt Donlan tied a career high with six 3-pointers and totaled 20 points in the Penguins' 90-82 win over Akron.

• Donlan has made at least one 3-pointer in 31 of the 33 games in his Youngstown State career.


Guins Dig the Long Ball

• The 3-point shot has been big in the Penguins repertoire in the Jerry Slocum era and Saturday's win over Akron was no different.

• YSU went 11-of-27 from 3-point range against the Zips.

• Last season, the Penguins made 257 3-pointers, which are the second-most in a single season.

• The Penguins have also made at least 200 3-pointers in six straight seasons.

• The school record for most 3s in a season is 270 in 2011-12.