Men's Basketball Closes Rocky Mountain Trip With First Meeting Against Utah State Wednesday Night

Men's Basketball Closes Rocky Mountain Trip With First Meeting Against Utah State Wednesday Night

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 435 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 1,565. 
• Morse also needs 427 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.
• 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 play their final game before a break for Christmas when they visit Mountain West member Utah State, Wednesday, Dec. 20.
• Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. EDT. at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and the Mountain West Network.
 
Up Next
• The Penguins will play their fifth straight road game and close out the non-league portion of their schedule against Big Ten foe Indiana, Friday, Dec. 29.
• Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
• The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and the Big Ten Network.
 
Last Time Out
• The Penguins dropped an 86-62 decision to Idaho State on Dec. 18 in Pocatello, Idaho.
• Senior Jaylen Benton led the Penguins with a career-high 13 points and four assists. 
• Junior Tyree Robinson and sophomore Braun Hartfield added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
 
The Utah State Series
• This is the first meeting between Youngstown State and Utah State.
 
About Utah State
• Utah State enters the game with a 6-6 record and is coming off a 96-62 win over Life Pacific on Dec. 16. 
• Sam Merrill leads the Aggies with 14.3 points per game while Koby McEwen is posting 12.3 points per game.
• DeAngelo Isby is also in double figures with 11.3 points per game
 
Morse 2,000-Point Countdown
• Senior Cameron Morse has scored 1,565 career points and needs 435 points to become the third player in school history to score 2,000 career points.
• Morse also needs 427 points to become YSU's Division I all-time leading scorer with 1,992 points.
• He needs 35 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 53rd on the Horizon Leauge all-time scoring list. 
• He needs 27 points more to crack the top 50.
• Last season, Morse scored 711 points and had 608 as a sophomore.
 
Hartfield Seventh In Scoring
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield ranks high on the Horizon League 2017-18 scoring list.
• The Cleveland, Ohio, native ranks fifth with 14.9 points per game through 11 games.
• Hartfield has made nine of his last 11 3-point field-goal attempts and ranks third in the Horizon League with a .436 3-point percentage.
• 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.
 
Benton Hits For Career Highs
• Senior Jaylen Benton turned in his best performance in a Penguins uniform against Idaho State on Dec. 18.
• Benton scored a career-high 13 points with a career-best three 3-pointers and dished out four assists.
 
Ferguson Net Career High
• Sophomore Jeremiah Ferguson scored a career-high 10 points against Northern Colorado on Nov. 24 then tied his career high against South Dakota on Nov. 26. 
• It marks Ferguson's first double-figure scoring games of his career.
 
TyRob Efficiency
• Junior Tyree Robinson has been quite efficient on the floor.
• Robinson is averaging 8.4 points per game while playing just 11.4 minutes per contest.
• He is also shooting 64.3 percent (36-of-56) from the floor.
• His field-goal percentage ranks third in the Horizon League.
 
Hartfield Nets Career Highs
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield turned in a career night in the Penguins' loss to Canisius on Nov. 18.
• The Cleveland, Ohio, native scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, including a career-high-tying five 3-pointers.
• His previous high was 22 points against Cleveland State in the first round of the 2017 Horizon League Championship.
 
Morse Named to Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List
• Senior has been named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Watch List.
• The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I mid-major player.
• Morse is one of four Horizon League players on the list.
 
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its first win over Utah State
• Mark Youngstown State's first win at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
• 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 3-9 overall record.
• Mark YSU's first road win of the season.