Men's Basketball Garners Ninth Seed; Will Face Eighth-Seeded Cleveland State Friday

Cameron Morse
Cameron Morse

The Youngstown State men's basketball team earned the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 Cleveland State, Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the first round of the 2017 Little Caesar's Horizon League Basketball Championships at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

The winner will face No. 1 seed Oakland, Saturday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m.

The Penguins (11-20, 5-13 Horizon League) and Vikings (9-21, 5-13 Horizon League) split the season series this year. Youngstown State defeated Cleveland State, 67-64, on Jan. 28 at the Beeghly Center. The Vikings won the most recent contest, 69-55, on Feb. 25, at the Wolstein Center.

The Penguins own a Horizon League Tournament record of 4-15 since joining the league in 2001-02. Last season, the Penguins lost to Detroit, 92-79, in the first round of the tournament. The Penguins last win in the Horizon League Tournament was a 62-60 win over former league member Loyola in 2013.

FastBreak Notes

• This is the 88th meeting between Youngstown State and Cleveland State in a series that dates back to 1930.
• The Vikings a slim 46-41 advantage in the all-time series and won the last meeting, 69-55, on Feb. 25, 2017.
• YSU won the previous meeting, 67-64, on Jan. 28 at the Beeghly Center.
• The Penguins are coming off a 69-55 loss at Cleveland State on Feb. 25 at the Wolstein Center.
• Senior Jorden Kaufman posted the fifth double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
• Junior Cameron Morse scored 15 points against the Vikings.
• Head Coach Jerry Slocum has 721 career wins and became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach 700 wins.
• He ranks 35th on that list and is ninth on the active Division I coaches list.
• Junior Cameron Morse now ranks tied for 16th all-time with 1,347 career points.
• He is ninth nationally with 22.8 points per game, and led the Horizon League with 23.2 points per game in league games only.
• His 637 points this year rank seventh on the single-season list.