Men's Basketball Opens Horizon League Play at Cleveland State on New Year’s Day

Devin Haygood
Devin Haygood

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 410 more points to become the third player in program history to record 2,000 points in a career.
• Morse is the 12th player in school history to score 1,500 points and ranks 10th all-time with 1,590. 
• Morse also needs 402 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).
• Senior guard Francisco Santiago ranks eighth in school history with 306 career assists. He became the ninth player in school history with 300 assists in a career.
• YSU set single-game records for most points (134), steals (37) and margin of victory (88) in its 134-46 win over Franciscan on Nov. 14. YSU also tied the mark for most field-goal attempts.
• According to College Basketball Reference, freshman Garrett Covington is the fourth player since 2010 to have 7+ steals and a 100% FG% in a game, and the first to score double-digits while doing it. Covington had 16 points, tied a school record with seven steals and had eight assists vs. Franciscan.
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield set a career-scoring high with 33 points against Canisius on Nov. 18. He also tied a career high with five 3-pointers.
Game Preview
• The Youngstown State men's basketball team opens Horizon League play and closes out their six-game road swing against Cleveland State, Monday, Jan. 1.
• Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
• The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.
Up Next
• The Penguins return to the Beeghly Center for the first time since Nov. 29, 2017, when they host Horizon League foe Milwaukee, Thursday, Jan. 4.
• Tipoff is slated for 7:35 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
• The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.
Last Time Out
• The Penguins dropped a 79-51 decision to Indiana on Dec. 29, in Bloomington, Ind.
• Freshman Naz Bohannon posted the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Hoosiers.
• Senior Jaylen Benton also scored 10 points for the Penguins.
• YSU shot just eight percent from behind the 3-point line.
The Cleveland State Series
• This is the 89th meeting between Youngstown State and Cleveland State in a series that dates back to 1930.
• The Vikings lead the series, 46-42, but the Penguins have won three of the last five meetings.
• The Penguins won the last meeting, 84-69, in the first round of the Horizon League Championship..
Morse 2,000-Point Countdown
• Senior Cameron Morse has scored 1,590 career points and needs 410 points to become the third player in school history to score 2,000 career points.
• Morse also needs 402 points to become YSU's Division I all-time leading scorer with 1,992 points.
• He needs 10 more points to become just fourth player in YSU's Division I history to record 1,600 points and the ninth player all-time.
• Morse also ranks 51st on the Horizon Leauge all-time scoring list. 
• He needs two points more to crack the top 50.
• Last season, Morse scored 711 points and had 608 as a sophomore.
To Catch a Thief
• Youngstown State currently leads the Horizon League with 122 steals and 9.4 steals per game.
• The Penguins also rank 13th nationally in steals per game.
Hartfield Eighth In Scoring
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield ranks high on the Horizon League 2017-18 scoring list.
• The Cleveland, Ohio, native ranks 10th with 13.8 points per game through 12 games.
• He had a game-high 23 points against DePaul and tied a career high with five 3-pointers against the Blue Devils.
• He also dished out five assists.
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its 43rd win over Cleveland State.
• Mark Youngstown State's first Horizon League win of the year.
• Mark Jerrod Calhoun's 127th career win and his third at Youngstown State.
• Mark the 1,079th victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins an 3-11 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Horizon League
• Mark YSU's first road win of the season. 
TyRob Efficiency
• Junior Tyree Robinson has been quite efficient on the floor.
• Robinson is averaging 8.1 points per game while playing just 11.3 minutes per contest.
• He is also shooting 63.5 percent (40-of-63) from the floor.
• His field-goal percentage ranks third in the Horizon League.
Bohannon Nets First Double-Double
• Freshman Naz Bohannon turned in the first double-double of the year against Indiana on Dec. 29.
• Bohannon scored a career-high 10 points to go along with a career-high 10 rebounds against the Hoosiers.