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Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Youngstown State's Naz Bohannon, left, looks over to teammate Braun Hartfield, right, after making a steal in the first half against Wright State.

Wright State thrashes Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN — Naz Bohannon sat between Youngstown State University men’s basketball staff members Kevin Bruinsma and Jason Slay on the bench in the second half. He was clapping, trying to cheer on his team, but the energy was out of the normally upbeat Penguins’ bench. A couple of others ...

Zallow finishes 4th at Millrose Games

The last thing on Chad Zallow’s mind was his trip to the emergency room working on a separated shoulder. That was more than a week ago. Saturday, the Youngstown State University junior hurdler had bigger things on his mind. The YSU trainers got one of the top collegiate hurdlers ready for a ...

Penguin women run past Detroit

DETROIT — A handful of Youngstown State University women’s basketball players came into Beeghly Center during the first half of Saturday’s men’s game against Wright State. One might say these women couldn’t run into the Beeghly Center because they did enough of that during their ...

Zallow back in NYC, to run in Millrose Games

The motions remain the same. Chad Zallow would have it no other way. He raises up in the starting block, a field of 60-meter hurdles in front of him and fierce competition on either side. His immediate focus goes to his necklace with a cross attached. He makes the sign of the cross and ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Youngstown State’s Devin Haygood blocks the shot of Northern Kentucky’s Jalen Tate during Thursday’s Horizon League matchup in Youngstown. The Norse came into the Beeghly Center and defeated the Penguins with a second-half surge, 95-85

Second-half surge

YOUNGSTOWN — Northern Kentucky University outscored Youngstown State University 55-42 in the second half to get the win over YSU, 95-85. Early in the first half, YSU (6-18, 4-5 Horizon League) was hitting the shots it needed. The Penguins got out to a 14-6 lead with 14:22 left in the half. ...

Dunn, 3s lift Penguins past Oakland

Mary Dunn scored a career-high 24 points, and the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team made 10 3-pointers to beat Oakland 86-76 on the road. Dunn came up huge after earning the starting nod with Sarah Cash out with an injury. The sophomore was 10 of 13 from the field and 4 of ...

YSU women staying afloat despite injuries

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes has to find some humor in these situations. If you had the litany of starters out with injuries the last two seasons, you would have to as well. Alison Smolinski broke her right foot during a Dec. 20 home game against Penn State-Beaver. Since then, she’s been in ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Nikki Arbanas (4) of Youngstown State pulls up for a jumpshot during the Penguins’ loss to Wright State on Saturday.

Penguins fall after rallying from 18 down

YOUNGSTOWN — After deleting an 18-point deficit, the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team fell short to Wright State University, 69-59. Youngstown State (8-13, 4-6 Horizon League) held an early lead before Wright State (16-6, 7-3 HL) took control of the game. The Raiders ...

Road swoon goes on for YSU

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Khalil Small scored 27 points with seven rebounds and Green Bay beat Youngstown State 85-67 on Saturday. Kameron Hankerson added 12 points and David Jesperson and Sandy Cohen III 11 each for the Phoenix (10-15, 5-7 Horizon), who made 11 3-pointers. Small and ...

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YSU's Sarah Cash, left, and Anne Secrest try to prevent Northern Kentucky's Kailey Coffey from scoring in the lane Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.

Late-game heroics

YOUNGSTOWN — Indiya Benjamin had been struggling with her game. Nothing was falling from 3-point range and there was the occasional dribble drive from the 5-foot-6 senior point guard. Eventually, things turned around during Thursday’s 54-51 Youngstown State women’s basketball ...

Poor shooting leads to men’s loss at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Youngstown State shot 31.7 percent from the floor and Milwaukee went on a late run as the Panthers rolled to a 66-55 win Thursday at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Freshman Garrett Covington led the Penguins (6-16, 4-5 Horizon League) with 15 points and made three 3-pointers, ...

Penguins plan to take defensive effort on the road

YOUNGSTOWN — In a recent game at Oakland University, a couple of Oakland season ticket holders were heard talking about how the Golden Grizzlies were playing an inferior Youngstown State team. The Penguins have been a different team in Youngstown. Fans of the Penguins men’s basketball ...

YSU women face Norse at Beeghly

YOUNGSTOWN — Time is winding down for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team, but something is on the upswing. The Penguins took nationally-ranked Green Bay to the wire and were beaten by Milwaukee on a last-second shot. Then, YSU defeated a quality Cleveland State team. It’s ...

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Former players and other former YSU men’s basketball personnel gathered Saturday in Youngstown.

Former YSU players inspire current program

YOUNGSTOWN — The last thing Albert Crockett thought he’d be doing was stepping inside Youngstown State, let alone putting a foot on the Beeghly Center floor. Saturday, he and about 35 other former members of the YSU Men’s Basketball program were honored as part of what current YSU coach ...

YSU’s 2000-01 season was one to remember

YOUNGSTOWN — Stephen Flores talked about that memorable season and how it all took shape. It sounded like it happened a year or two ago, not almost two decades. That 2000-01 season was the perfect storm for the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team, which went 19-11. Coach ...

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IUPUI's Ron Patterson, foreground, and Nick Rogers, left, try to trap Youngstown State's Garrett Covington during Saturday's game in Youngstown. The Penguins won, 85-62.

Back on track: YSU snaps 4-game skid

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse watched a 3-pointer swish through the net as he’s done many times before in his Youngstown State University career. He stutter-stepped backward as if he did a mini moon walk in celebration during Saturday’s 85-62 victory over Indiana University-Purdue ...

YSU player chronicles injury

THE following is a question and answer session with Youngstown State University redshirt senior point guard Francisco Santiago. This is the first of what will be a weekly update on Santiago’s progress during this season following his surgery on a torn ACL in his right knee. YSU plans to ...

Penguin women rally past CSU in 2nd half

CLEVELAND — Chelsea Olson paced Youngstown State’s big second half in a 66-52 victory over Cleveland State on Saturday at the Wolstein Center. Olson had 20 of her game- and career-high 26 points in the second half as YSU outscored the Vikings 44-29 over the final 20 minutes. She was 5 for ...

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Youngstown State’s Devin Haygood cannot convert on a layup Thursday in Youngs-town. Haygood, who had 13 points, was defemded on the play by UIC’s Tai Odiase (21), who had 17 points and five blocked shots in the Flames’ 92-78 victory. Odiase set the Horizon League’s all-time blocks record, breaking the previous mark held by former YSU center and Warren G. Harding graduate Damian Eargle.

Flames burn YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Scouting. It’s something coaches do during the course of the week. It translates into film study and work on the court as players go against a scout team. Tendencies are known. Strategies are learned. Thursday, Youngstown State didn’t implement those tools in a 92-78 ...

Penguins return home after struggling on road

YOUNGSTOWN — Establishing culture isn’t just for the changes happening around Youngstown. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team knows it is viewed solely on wins and losses. The 5-14 mark heading into tonight’s game against Illinois-Chicago is what it is. College ...