Ferguson, Morse getting back to form for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Jeremiah Ferguson returning to the court was something the Youngstown State men’s basketball team desperately needed.

Cameron Morse’s shot? It was something that returned as well.

The Penguins went 0-3 on their recent trip to South Dakota, but they made strides with these two players — effecting the dynamic of this Penguins team heading into tonight’s home game against Robert Morris, starting at 7 p.m.

YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun saw how Ferguson helped Morse’s offense. He had 24 points against Southern Mississippi.

“Putting him in a lot of ball screens helped him,” Calhoun said.

Ferguson is getting adjusted to his new protective mask, guarding against his broken nose suffered in the opener against Kent State.

Sometimes the ball hits it. He feels sweat adjust it, but he wears a sweatband to avoid that issue.

The more shots he takes, Ferguson will feel more comfortable on the floor.

“Trying to get better every day,” he said.

That’s exactly what YSU is doing in the wake of its recent three-game road trip, where Calhoun said his team missed numerous free throws and layups, costing the Penguins opportunities to win.

Tonight is the final home game until conference play starts in 2018. YSU (2-5) is at Butler, Indiana, DePaul, Idaho State and Utah State next month — a brutal home stretch to say the least.

Calhoun wants to stress fundamentals and see improvement heading into Horizon League play on Jan. 1 at Cleveland State.

If YSU can survive this December five-game road trip, he thinks the Penguins have a good shot to improve in conference.

“We’ll have a good shot to be better in league play,” Calhoun said.

As for Morse’s shot, it’s definitely getting better. So is the YSU backcourt.

“If I keep my eye on the target, I’m going to make the shot,” he said.