YSU MEN’S BASKETBALL \ Penguins at Detroit


Tipoff: Tonight, 7:05 p.m., at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.

Records: YSU 3-3, Detroit 4-2.

Radio: WKBN-AM 570

Coaches: Jerry Slocum (Kings College ’75) is in his fifth season with the Penguins. He is 44-81 at YSU and 624-406 in 35 career seasons. Ray McCallum (Ball State, ‘83) is in his first season with the Titans.

YSU starters: DeAndre Mays, 6-2 senior guard (11.7 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game); Sirlester Martin, 6-7 senior forward (8.7, 4.5); Kelvin Bright, 6-4 senior guard (10.3, 0.8); Vytas Sulskis, 6-7 junior guard (10.3, 3.2); Dallas Blocker, 6-9, senior forward (2.3, 4.5).

Detroit starters: Eli Holman, 6-10 sophomore center (14.5 ppg., 10.3 rpg.); Chase Simon, 6-6 sophomore guard (13.7 ppg., 5.0 rpg.); Xavier Keeling, 6-7 junior forward (13.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg.); Thomas Kennedy, 6-7 senior forward (10,0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.); Lamar Lee, 6-0 junior guard (5.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg.).

Outlook: The Penguins are coming off a 72-56 loss at Pittsburgh, but the Penguins steyed with the Panthers until the final 11 minutes of the contest. Senior Kelvin Bright is getting back to the form which led the Penguins in scoring last season. He had a season-high 20 points against Pitt. Detroit saw a four-game winning streak snapped against DePaul last Saturday as the Titans dropped a 68-66 overtime contest at DePaul. The Titans have played only one home game this season, beating Western Michigan 86-80. The Titans brought in three transfers this season including 6-10 sophomore Eli Holman from Indiana who leads the team in scoring and rebounding.

The series: This will be the 26th meeting between the two teams, with the Titans holding an 18-7 advantage. However the Penguins have won five of the last six meetings. The teams split last season with Detroit pulling out a 68-64 overtime win in Youngstown, while the Penguins took the second game in Detroit 80-78.

Up next: The Penguins will continue on the road Saturday with another Horizon League contest at Wright State in a 7 p.m. tipoff. They will then travel to meet Saint Francis, Pa., on Dec. 16 and finish the five-game road trip with another conference battle at Green Bay on Dec. 19. The Penguins don’t return home until Dec. 22 when they host High Point, N.C.

Pete Mollica

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