Men's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season, Honors Seniors Saturday Against Cleveland State

Ryan Strollo (left), Francisco Santiago, Jaylen Benton and Cameron Morse (Photo by David Dermer)
Ryan Strollo (left), Francisco Santiago, Jaylen Benton and Cameron Morse (Photo by David Dermer)

Youngtown State Storylines

• First-year Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun became the program's 13th head coach on March 28, 2017.
• Senior guard Cameron Morse needs just 120 more points to become the third player in program history to record 2,000 points in a career.
• Morse became the seventh player school history to score 1,800 points and ranks 6th all-time with 1,880. 
• Morse also needs 112 points to become YSU's Division I all-time leading scorer. The YSU Division I scoring record is 1,991 by set by Kendrick Perry (2010-14).
• Freshman Naz Bohannon became the first YSU freshman to post at least four double-double in season since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02.
• Bohannon ranks fourth in Horizon League play with 8.6 rebounds per game. He also ranks seventh overall with 7.9 rpg.
• Senior Cameron Morse has scored 1,127 points in his last 53 Horizon League games for an average of 21.3 points per game.
• Morse ranks in the YSU top 10 in 3-pointers made (2nd), scoring (6th) points per game (7th),  assists and free throws made (8th), field goals made (9th), steals (9th). 
• Freshman Garrett Covington tied a career with 18 points, including a game-winning buzzer beater, against Oakland on Feb. 14.
• In league play, Morse ranks sixth in scoring with 17.1 points per game.

Game Preview
• The Youngstown State men's basketball team closes out the regular season and celebrates Senior Night against Cleveland State, Saturday, Feb. 24.
• Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center
• The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.
 
Up Next
• The Penguins will participate in the 2018 Little Caesar's Horizon League Championship, March 2-6.
• All games will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and on either ESPN3, ESPNU or ESPN.
 
Celebrating Seniors
•Youngstown State will honor seniors Jaylen Benton, Cameron Morse, Francisco Santiago and Ryan Strollo on Saturday.
 
Last Time Out
•The Penguins are coming off a 70-51 defeat at the hands of Northern Kentucky on Feb. 19.
• Senior Cameron Morse led the Penguins with 11 points and eight assists.
 
The Cleveland State Series
• This is the 90th meeting between Youngstown State and Cleveland State in a series that dates back to 1930. 
• The Vikings own a 46-43 advantage in the all-time series, but the Penguins have won the last two meetings and four of the last six contests. 
• Earlier this season, Youngstown State defeated the Vikings, 80-77, on Jan. 1 at the Wolstein Center.
 
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its 44th win over Cleveland State.
• Mark the third straight win over the Vikings and the fifth in the last seven contests.
• Mark the 26th win over Cleveland State in Youngstown and the 14th at the Beeghly Center.
• Mark Jerrod Calhoun's 133rd career win and his ninth at Youngstown State.
• Mark the 1,085th victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins an 9-22 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's seventh home win of the season. 
• Mark YSU's most Horizon League wins since 2012-13.