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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 ...

YSU transfer Morgan waits, but stays sharp

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan sees water breaks during practice as an opportunity. He quickly gets a drink and has a basketball back in his hand, preferably at midcourt. The transfer from Delaware State University heaves up a shot and likely sees nothing but the net as the basketball swishes ...

Penguins drop 3rd straight

DAYTON — A rough road trip finally came to an end for the Youngstown State men’s basketball team Monday. Loudon Love and Jaylon Hall each scored 16 points to help Wright State beat Youngstown State 77-67 on Monday night for its seventh straight victory. The Penguins (5-14, 3-3), who ...

YSU looks for active student section

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Youngstown State, wearing its road red uniforms, began shooting baskets and running simple drills on both sides of the dark, wooden court with an embossed Golden Grizzlies logo hovering at midcourt. People started to enter the 4,000-seat O’rena, settling into the floor ...

Morse 3s not enough as Detroit Mercy wins

DETROIT — Detroit Mercy went on a late run to lead by eight with about a minute remaining. Then, as he’s done so many times, Youngstown State senior guard Cameron Morse found a screen, elevated and canned a 3-point shot. Two straight cut the lead Titans lead to two in the waning ...

Sights & sounds inside the O’rena

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Two hands on the wheel, eyes ahead and a phone guiding the way. Belly full from lunch at a franchise owned by a local philanthropist. All is well … until. Red brake lights as far as the eye can see approaching Detroit. Did I make a wrong turn to Frankenmuth, where ...

Oakland’s offense too much for YSU

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Jerrod Calhoun said there’s a reason Oakland was picked first in the Horizon League preseason poll. In the first 20 minutes Wednesday night, the Golden Grizzlies showed why in a 95-82 victory at the O’rena over the Youngstown State men’s basketball team. Oakland ...

YSU coaches off bench, busy recruiting

YOUNGSTOWN — If the Youngstown State bench has looked a bit empty the past month or so, it’s by necessity. The men’s basketball coaches have been busy recruiting. YSU associate head coach Bobby Steinburg has been the team’s road warrior, even heading out west this week. He has ...

Morse earns HL honors

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been two decades since Youngstown State has seen this start in conference play. Senior point guard Cameron Morse has been the catalyst for the Penguins starting 3-0 in the Horizon League, tied for first place — one of three teams undefeated in league play. Morse ...

Peters gets opportunity in Smolinski’s absence

YOUNGSTOWN — Alison Smolinski got some playing time her freshman year at Youngstown State. The North Royalton native, a 5-foot-9 junior, had her opportunities. She made the most of them and became an integral part of the starting lineup, the small forward averaged less than 10 points a ...

Early defeats helped Penguins learn to win

YOUNGSTOWN — They knew they were a step too slow. The press was backfiring, but this team knew it was getting close and felt an upset in the making in the midst of the Rocky Mountain region. Utah State is a staple in the NCAA Tournament and had a younger, but seasoned team. Youngstown ...

Reunion planned for former YSU personnel

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun doesn’t want to forget about the Youngstown State men’s basketball team’s past. He wants to embrace the team’s history and wants to invite past coaches, players, trainers, managers or any other people ever involved with the YSU program. Calhoun wants to ...

Perfect Penguins: YSU 3-0 in league

YOUNGSTOWN — Tyree Robinson admits he’s an emotional player, and fans can see the joy and disappointment on his face pending on the situation. Robinson missed two free throws in the second half and came down the court. No sulking. He hustled down and elevated for one of his four blocked ...

Women regress in loss to IUPUI

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach John Barnes stood by the water cooler, a favorite spot of the Youngstown State women’s basketball coach. He was frustrated at something he saw on the floor and the rolled up papers in his hand went flying in the first half of Saturday’s game. Barnes grabbed the ...

Yes, YSU is off to 2-0 start in Horizon

It was as if Milwaukee was in a trance, wondering what just befell them in the first couple of minutes as its opponent surged way ahead. This sight was different, this team facing them, but not like before. Frankly, no one gave this team much credit, even after Monday’s win at Cleveland ...

YSU seeks sixth year for Santiago

YOUNGSTOWN — One thing Youngstown State point guard Francisco Santiago thought as he prepared for the 2017-18 season was that this was his final year of eligibility. That may not be the case. This week, YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun said the university is pursuing another year ...

Penguins perfect in HL

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse had trouble containing his smile following Monday’s game at Cleveland State. The soft-spoken senior rarely had reason to raise the corners of his mouth earlier this season. After hitting the game-winning 3-pointer against CSU, he had that renewed sense of being. ...

YSU heats up to edge Flames

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team found a way to rebound from a dreadful start. The Penguins bottomed out at 17 percent from the floor and missed their first seven 3-pointers by the first four minutes of the second quarter. UIC held a three-point lead, but then ...

Penguins in first home conference game

CLEVELAND — Jerrod Calhoun heard the alarms blaring at 2 a.m. on Monday. The remnants of the New Year’s Eve revelers came into the downtown Cleveland hotel where the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team was staying. Someone pulled a fire alarm. Lesson learned. Stay ...