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FT misses doom YSU men

YOUNGSTOWN — Twelve of 27. Not a typo. Twelve of 27 from the free-throw line. Result. A 99-94 Cleveland State victory over Youngstown State in double overtime. “You have to ask them,” YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun said of the misses. “I’m not at the line. What are you going to talk ...

Arbanas, Benjamin lead YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Nikki Arbanas still wears that black band around her head and her hair poofs up in the back, at a 45-degree angle. The sweat drips from her brow, but the sheer concentration on her face was uncanny. The black brace strapped to her left leg, still reminding her of last year’s ...

Zallow leads Penguins into Horizon League meet

YOUNGSTOWN — Carl Zallow has heard the pop of the gun go off many times, so much that it has become second nature. The John F. Kennedy High School graduate knew one thing when he left the Eagles’ program, the WATTS would be his new training site. Youngstown State University is his ...

Women finish vs. CSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Sarah Cash knows Saturday’s game against Cleveland State isn’t going to be like the last time — almost a month ago when the Penguins women’s basketball team upended the Vikings. Youngstown State (14-14, 10-7 Horizon League) is sixth in the league standings and has ...

Final game affects YSU in tournament

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun reflected after the Feb. 16 loss to Detroit. The Youngstown State men’s basketball coach knows his team is still trying to build a culture, but he’s faced with the here and now. On Saturday at 7 p.m., in the Horizon League regular-season finale, the ...

Horizon tourney could be chaotic

YOUNGSTOWN — Maybe there’s a reason they call it Motor City Madness. It probably drove those fine people at the Horizon League office in Indianapolis insane after No. 10-seeded Milwaukee advanced to the title game. Then, No. 9-seeded Youngstown State made it to semifinal before falling ...

Penguins seek repeat in Horizon

YOUNGSTOWN — The high ceiling, nets hanging down surrounding the field turf surface. You can hear a consistent ping in the background as a Youngstown State softball player is working in an enclosed netted cage at the southeast end of the WATTS indoor facility. Brian Gorby, wearing a black ...

Defense falters in defeat

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington’s last-second putback against Oakland sank the Golden Grizzlies on yet another buzzer-beater. It sent Covington and his YSU teammates into a frenzy. The viral videos of that shot went out over social media. That was Wednesday. On Friday, Detroit swept the ...

Not this time

YOUNGSTOWN — You could hear Indiya Benjamin let out a yell of excitement as she left the Youngstown State basketball film room, after the postgame press conference following the Penguins’ 86-85 victory in overtime. The energetic YSU senior point guard knew exactly how much Thursday’s ...

Buzzer beater

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington had the ball under the Oakland basket with 6.4 seconds remaining. He looked to pass to Cameron Morse, who has made his Youngstown State career on shooting game-winning 3-pointers. Morse was trailed by a defender as the five seconds to throw it to a teammate ...

Resurgent Penguin women go against Milwaukee tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — Chelsea Olson dribbles up the court, looks for an open teammates, then sees her options are limited. The 5-foot-10 freshman guard knows she has to take matters in her own hands. The Horizon League has made her the freshman of the week the past four weeks, even national ...

Screen shot: Morse finding his groove in complex backcourt role

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse entered the film room, a couple of media members waiting for the Horizon League Player of the Week to speak. The Youngstown State senior men’s basketball guard sat down and pulled the microphone toward himself as reporters clicked their recorders, cameras were ...

YSU women continue run of excellent play

The last thing the Youngstown State women’s basketball team wanted was a letdown. The Penguins won five of their last six games coming into Saturday’s road game against Illinois-Chicago, still winless in the Horizon League. It didn’t faze a YSU team, which is playing as well as ...

Morse scores season high to lift YSU

INDIANAPOLIS — Cameron Morse scored a season-high 28 points and Youngstown State held on to defeat IUPUI, 84-80, on Saturday. Garrett Covington added 14 points, Jaylen Benton 12 and Tyree Robinson 11 for the Penguins (7-20, 5-9 Horizon League), who won the first meeting 85-62. T.J. ...

Buckner speaks at YSU event

YOUNGSTOWN — For the eighth year in a row, the Youngstown State University baseball team started its year with the First Pitch Breakfast held at the Embassy in Youngstown. “I’ve always considered this my home and it means a lot to me. Youngstown State means a lot to me,” former YSU ...

Corbett, Zallow lead Penguins

GENEVA — Jaynee Corbett took first in the shot put and Chad Zallow won the 60-meter hurdles as the Penguins competed at the SPIRE Division I Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Corbett won the shot put with a throw of 15.62m. She placed ahead of Fresno State’s Kayla Hopkins who had a ...

YSU women win again

Indiya Benjamin became Youngstown State’s all-time assists leader and scored 15 second-half points to lead the Penguins to a big 70-67 win at IUPUI on Thursday at The Jungle. YSU won for the fifth time in the last six games and for the fourth consecutive time on the road to improve to ...

Dixson, Ottey lead UIC past Youngstown State

CHICAGO (AP) — Dikembe Dixson finished with 22 points, Marcus Ottey scored 19 and the pair combined to make 16 of 17 free throws to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 100-75 victory over Youngstown State on Thursday night for its seventh straight win. Tai Odiase chipped in with 16 points, six ...

Rushton leads locals to YSU football

YOUNGSTOWN — Not many things put a smile on a kid’s face like a snow day, so there were plenty of smiles in the Mahoning Valley on Wednesday. But for once, canceling school actually disappointed quite a few kids — and coaches. The inclement weather put a damper on National Signing Day ...

Niles’ DeFalco signs with Penguins baseball

YOUNGSTOWN — There was no line of hats to choose from for Marco DeFalco. He didn’t leave everyone hanging with some last-minute Twitter announcement. DeFalco didn’t care for the signing day suspense. The Niles left-hander has wanted to play baseball at Youngstown State University for ...