Men's Basketball Hosts Wright State Thursday, NKU Game Moved to 1 p.m. Saturday

Michael Akuchie (Photo by David Dermer)
Michael Akuchie (Photo by David Dermer)
 
Opening Tip
• Youngstown State returns home for the first time in 2019 with pair of games at the Beeghly Center starting with a matchup against Wright State, Thursday, Jan. 17. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. 
 
The Penguins also host Northern Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m.
 
The Coaches
• Jerrod Calhoun is in his second year at Youngstown State and his seventh season overall as a head coach. The 13th head coach in program history, Calhoun owns a career mark of 138-75 overall and is 14-37 at Youngstown State. The Cleveland, Ohio, native came to YSU after spending five years at Fairmont State, where he led the Fighting Falcons to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship game and a 34-3 overall record. Calhoun was named the 2017 Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year and the Mountain East Conference Men's Sports Coach of the Year.
 
• Scott Nagy is in his third season on the Raiders' sidelines, boasting a 33-21 record. Last season, Nagy led the Raiders to the NCAA Tournament and was named the 2018 Horizon League Coach of the Year. He also owns a career record of 240-122 in 24 years as a head coach.
 
Quick Hitters
• Youngstown State's 25-point win over Milwaukee on Jan. 5 was the largest margin of victory in a true road game in YSU's Division I era (1981-82). It's also the largest margin of victory in a true road game since 1979 (39) at Ashland. The 14 points allowed by the Penguins in the first half against the Panthers are the fewest since they gave up 14 to Georgia on Nov. 12, 2012. The Division I school record for fewest points allowed in a first half is 11 against Southern Utah on Feb. 5, 1998.
 
• This is the 58th meeting between Youngstown State and Wright State in a series that dates back to 1977. The Raiders own a 45-12 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last three and seven of the last 10. The Penguins' last victory over the Raiders was an 80-75 win in 2017 at the Nutter Center. The last time YSU defeated  Wright State at the Beeghly Center was a 68-67 win in 2014. 
 
• Freshman Darius Quisenberry has been superb in Horizon League play. Quisenberry is averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He has scored in double figures in five of six games and owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.0. He's also scored at least 20 points in three of six Horizon League games.  
 
• The Penguins have made at least 10 3-pointers nine times this season and have made at least eight 3s in a game on 17 occasions. Over the last four games, YSU has made an average of 12 3-pointers per game and shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range.
 
About Wright State
• Wright State enters the game with an 8-10 overall record an a 2-3 mark in Horizon League play.
• The Raiders, who are 1-5 in road games, have four players who average in double figures.
• Leading the Raiders is Bill Wampler with 14.7 points per game and Cole Gentry at 14.3 points per game. 
• Loudon Love carries a 13.9 points per game average while Mark Hughes averages 10.2 points per contest.
 
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its 13th win over Wright State.
• Snap a three-game losing streak to the Raiders.
• Mark YSU's first win over the Raiders at the Beeghly Center since 2014.
• Give YSU its first win over the Raiders since 2017.
• Mark Jerrod Calhoun's 139th career win and his 15th at Youngstown State.
• Mark the 1,091st victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins an 7-13 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Horizon League play.
• Mark YSU's third home win of the season.
 
Up Next
• Youngstown State close out its short homestand against Northern Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 19.
• Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at the Beeghly Center and will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.