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Penguin women clobber Detroit

YOUNGSTOWN — In their new pink jerseys, the Youngstown State women’s basketball team put together a dominant performance, defeating Detroit Mercy, 91-45, on Saturday and sweeping a five-game homestand. The Penguins had seven of their nine player roster reach double figures in scoring. The ...

Have some patience and it’ll all be fine

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — I have a key card for my room and a pass for Friday morning’s buffet breakfast. That’s all I had on me, along with my phone. One round of the berries, melon, yogurt and oats and another trip for a bit of eggs, potatoes and bacon. If you’ve ever been to a hotel ...

Road victory

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Michael Akuchie is there in the gym, about 30 minutes after a Youngstown State University home game. He’s bouncing the ball, shooting short, mid-range and 3-point shots, working on all facets of his game. John Sally is there as well. He hones his craft constantly, ...

YSU women in ‘strange’ win over Oakland, 76-61

YOUNGSTOWN — In a game described by Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes as “strange,” the Penguins won their fourth in a row, defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 76-61, Thursday night at the Beeghly Center. “Melinda’s (Trimmer) free throw shooting was ...

Shooting around

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Paul Molinari looked over as the tour bus made its way to the O’rena on the campus of Oakland University Wednesday afternoon. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach commented on how the sun was out a bit longer, giving hope the below-zero ...

YSU women close out successful homestand

YOUNGSTOWN — After two straight losses, there were two choices for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team. They could wallow in the misery of setbacks at Milwaukee and Green Bay, accepting that losing against the Panthers can happen, and the Phoenix — the defending Horizon League ...

Cash is doggone good in Penguins’ win

YOUNGSTOWN — Troy and Janet Cash showed a picture of their daughters, Sarah and Lauren, posing with Santa Claus and their five dogs. It was after Youngstown State’s game Monday over Northern Kentucky, but Sarah was nowhere to be found. She’s not one for crowds, so that wasn’t too ...

Cleveland State’s first Horizon win comes over YSU

CLEVELAND — Devin Morgan had all of his team-high 17 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped its third straight game, 72-62. Naz Bohannon had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for YSU (6-16, 2-7 Horizon ...

Morgan not hesitant to fire away for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan dribbled up the court with the clock nearing zero as he launched the ball from half-court. Morgan didn’t see his grandmother, Portia Harris, in the stands at the AAU tournament. She was going though the last stages of cancer. The basketball left the hand of ...

YSU: Penguins to host NDSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team will play seven home games in the 2019 season, including a Nov. 2 meeting with defending FCS national champion — and Missouri Valley Football Conference champion — North Dakota State. The Penguins are playing 12 regular season games, ...

Late rally helps YSU women escape

YOUNGSTOWN — Frustration mounted for the better part of three quarters. This Youngstown State women’s basketball team couldn’t muster much against a three-win Northern Kentucky team. Calls weren’t going YSU’s way, and even the level-headed Penguins coach John Barnes seemed on the ...

Home away from home

YOUNGSTOWN — Mark Hughes saw another familiar face following Thursday’s win over the Youngstown State men’s basketball team. He had to quickly excuse himself to greet another person, one of many who came to see Hughes’ final time at the Beeghly Center. His Wright State Raiders beat ...

Leaky roof postpones Penguins’ game

YOUNGSTOWN — One blue recycling container, another clear storage bin surrounded by some white towels. Youngstown State University Associate Director of Athletics Rick Love then put some cardboard over both containers. Occasional drips emanated from the Beeghly Center ceiling, beginning ...

Failing to finish

YOUNGSTOWN — Darius Quisenberry made a 3-pointer with about 9 minutes remaining. Youngstown State was so close to the dominant team in the Horizon League, Northern Kentucky. As it has been for too many games this season, any shot of momentum became fleeting in the final 10 minutes. This ...

Peters sparks defense in big win

YOUNGSTOWN — McKenah Peters was wincing in front of the Youngstown State bench. It looked as if the sophomore wing had twisted her ankle. YSU’s best defender looked as if she would be limited to less than one quarter against the Horizon League’s top team — Wright State. No, not this ...

Another one gets away

YOUNGSTOWN — Wright State and Youngstown State have struggled to close out games this season. Thursday, not so much for the Raiders. Ursuline High School graduate Mark Hughes’ 3-pointer with less than 7 minutes remaining gave Wright State the lead, one the Raiders never surrendered during ...

Penguins need to harness sense of urgency

YOUNGSTOWN – Deadline pressure. Term paper due the next day. Getting everything together after Friday night high school football. The adrenaline which flows through you is much more effective than a cup of coffee spiked with a Red Bull. That sense of urgency has to be there the next ...

Pelini, YSU need to take next step

There was a lot of hype when Bo Pelini was hired at Youngstown State, and rightfully so. Many in the media, locally and nationally, felt the Penguins, as the saying goes, might have outkicked their coverage with the hiring — meaning not many expected a coach of his caliber to come to ...

Penguin women face league’s best on Friday

YOUNGSTOWN — Five straight wins; sitting atop the Horizon League. Everything was going well for Youngstown State. It’s women’s basketball team was the talk of the league. But losses at Milwaukee and at Green Bay have changed things. Milwaukee, the Horizon’s best 3-point shooting ...

Quisenberry leads YSU road victory

INDIANAPOLIS — Freshman Darius Quisenberry had 22 points, four 3-pointers and eight assists and Youngstown State beat IUPUI 82-76 on Saturday. Quisenberry scored 20-plus for the fourth time this season. He banked in a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to give YSU a 74-61 lead with six ...