Record-Setting Night Lifts Penguins to 134-46 Win Over Franciscan, Notches Calhoun's First YSU Win

Michael Akuchie (Photo by David Dermer)
Michael Akuchie (Photo by David Dermer)

The Youngstown State men's basketball team set three single-game records and Jerrod Calhoun notched his first victory at YSU as the Penguins defeated Franciscan, 134-46, on Tuesday evening at the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins, who improve to 1-1 on the year, set single-game records for most points (134), steals (37) and margin of victory (88). Youngstown State also tied the school record for most field-goal attempts with 104 and its 56 field goals made is tied for the second most in a single game. The Penguins' 73 points in the second half are the third-highest total in a half in school history and the most since YSU scoring 74 in the first half against Point Park in 1990.

Six players scored in double figures led by freshman Michael Akuchie's career-high 28 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Garrett Covington, who tied the single-game record with seven steals, scored 16 points with eight assists and five rebounds. Junior Tyree Robinson also scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting while sophomore Braun Hartfield had 14 points. Senior Jaylen Benton and junior Devin Haygood each had 10 points.

For the game, the Penguins shot 53.8 percent from the field, had 80 points in the paint, 83 points off 49 Franciscan turnovers and 47 fast-break points. 

In the first half, Youngstown State shot an impressive 57.4 percent from the field and forced 23 turnovers that led to 41 points. Franciscan had as many turnovers as field-goal attempts (23) and made just seven from the floor. The Penguins also outrebounded the Barons, 21-14, before the intermission. 

Youngstown State returns to action against Canisius, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y.