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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...