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Vikings play harder to beat Penguins, 82-74

CLEVELAND — Youngstown State had made its living off of offensive rebounding and being a nuisance defensively to other teams, holding teams to less than 68 points per game on the way to a 9-6 start, including a 2-0 mark in the Horizon League. But on Saturday, the Cleveland State Vikings got ...

Wright State proves to be too much for shorthanded YSU women

DAYTON — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team suffered its second Horizon League loss of the season in a 91-41 loss to Wright State on Saturday. Maddie Schires came off the bench, scoring a team-high 15 points for the Penguins. She made four of the team’s five 3-pointers as ...

Always busy student-assistants have variety of tasks

CHICAGO — Bo Gray was standing, waiting on a rebound. He had a couple of basketballs come his way. The former Ursuline High School goalkeeper used his skills to corral two basketballs at one time, and still was able to distribute the balls back to the Youngstown State University men’s ...

Players see different things away from home

CHICAGO — Garrett Covington was seen walking inside the Hyatt Centric hotel downtown wearing some light-colored headphones. It’s not upbeat music that he’s listening to, it’s a voice talking, not singing, using soothing tones. The Youngstown State University junior guard said you ...

YSU women lose at Northern Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Northern Kentucky went on a 17-4 run in the first period, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team never recovered in a 75-56 loss to the Norse on Thursday evening at BB&T Arena. The Penguins played from behind for the final 35 minutes, but they stayed ...

Parents willing to make the trip to see their sons

INDIANAPOLIS — John Covington patiently waited for his son, Garrett, to exit the visitors’ locker room at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, just outside the downtown area of Indianapolis following Youngstown State’s win on Saturday against IUPUI. The smile never left the older Covington’s ...

Looking for something more

YOUNGSTOWN — Cautiously optimistic. That would be a good way to describe the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team. The Penguins are leading the Horizon League with a 9-4 overall and 2-0 league mark, but they are well aware of the team’s height deficiency with the injuries ...

Coaches stay in touch with families

YOUNGSTOWN — Danny Reese looked around the confines of the Beeghly Center. He didn’t see his wife, Michelle, or his two children, Danny and Eloise. Reese, a Cardinal Mooney High School graduate, made a quick call to Michelle, making sure his family members were on the way to the Youngstown ...

Peters, Petit earn Horizon League awards

In helping Youngstown State achieve two victories during the opening week of women’s basketball conference play, Penguins junior McKenah Peters has been named the Horizon League player of the week while Taylor Petit has been selected as the Horizon League freshman of the week. The conference ...

Road warriors

CHICAGO — There was a lot of wiping of the eyes Monday night inside the UIC Pavilion. There was plenty of loose play and there were not many fouls called, but there was plenty of vigorous play between both teams. Things were so fierce that one of the three officials was popped on the bridge ...

YSU women douse Flames

YOUNGSTOWN — Coming off of an emotional win against IUPUI on Saturday, Youngstown State had to quickly regroup for its second league contest against Illinois-Chicago on Monday night at the Beeghly Center. A big third quarter helped YSU douse the Flames by a final score of 77-65 for the ...

Penguins pursue another road win

CHICAGO — The UIC Flames have one of the most athletic presences in the Horizon League. Four seniors for this Chicago-based team, near the Little Italy portion of one of the United States’ biggest cities, have loomed large against most teams in the 10-team league. These four definitely ...

Penguins capture Horizon opener

INDIANAPOLIS — Isaiah Williams drove the lane for a quick two with 4:23 left as Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis took a three-point lead. Darius Quisenberry countered with a 3-point shot 15 seconds later, the start of a 10-0 Youngstown State run which resulted in an 83-73 ...

YSU women win close game

YOUNGSTOWN — The Saturday afternoon women’s basketball Horizon League opener against IUPUI may not have started well for Youngstown State, but the Penguins overcame a slow first quarter to earn a gritty 75-73 victory over the Jaguars at the Beeghly Center. Youngstown State has won seven ...

Penguins begin Horizon schedule

Assistant coach Jason Slay is sitting near the front of the team’s bus. His AirPods are in, black ballcap is on his head and his focus is straight ahead as the vehicle starts motoring down I-71 Friday afternoon toward its final destination in Indianapolis. The attention of the Youngstown ...

Who will be watching the Penguins?

YOUNGSTOWN — The echos are almost deafening with every bounce of the air-filled, leather ball. Shoes are squeaking with the sounds ringing in the ears of dozens of fans occupying the red chairback seats and bleachers in the upper part of the Beeghly Center, built in the early 1970s. Most are ...

Penguins show fight

YOUNGSTOWN — Naz Bohannon bull-rushed through the West Virginia interior twice in the first minute-and-a-half, scoring both times. The 6-foot-6 Lorain native spearheaded an interior dominance, following up a defensive-minded 20 minutes in which the Youngstown State University men’s ...

YSU goes deep for victory

Penguins one more opportunity to tune up before conference play. YSU stayed hot behind the 3-point line for a 92-46 victory at the Beeghly Center as the Penguins finished their non-conference schedule with a record of 7-4. Penguins women’s basketball coach John Barnes felt his team did what ...

Visit by WVU based on relationship

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun first met West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins when he played AAU basketball. Huggins was the coach at the University of Cincinnati at the time. Calhoun, after playing at Cleveland State for the late Rollie Massimino, became a student ...

Pelini excited about new recruiting class

YOUNGSTOWN — For someone who has never cared for the theatrics of National Signing Day, Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini sure seemed to be in a good mood Wednesday. “Great day for the program,” said Pelini as he walked into the press conference. “Great day.” This wasn’t the ...