YSU’s Calhoun: ‘We have a lot to work on’
Penguins played well for 18 minutes before falling apart
By Brian Dzenis
After Saturday’s loss to Kent State, Youngstown State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun invoked a slogan oft-used when describing a setback in a long-term project.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
In one day, he saw his Penguins get rough-housed by Kent State, 111-78. The tool that he thought was the most lacking in his building a Penguins basketball empire?
“I don’t think I’ve lost like that — ever — so we have to regroup and it’s really disappointing,” Calhoun said. “We tried really hard to try and get our community engaged, and I don’t think we gave an effort that reflects our city.”
The Golden Flashes built a 30-point lead in the second half without making a single three-pointer.
The Penguins were out-rebounded 57-41 and shot 40 percent from the free throw line.
“I can’t recall making any [free throws]. You’re playing guys that played in the NCAA tournament and won a championship, so when you have chances at the line. You have to make them,” Calhoun said. “It’s just effort. Running back on defense, stopping the ball, we’ve been talking about it for three weeks.”
Cameron Morse led the Penguins with 19 points on 8-for-26 with four assists, three steals and three turnovers.
“The goals was to limit them to five threes [in the second half], so I guess we did that, but they were driving by us like we had no heart,” the senior guard said. “I had one of my worst games ever, but we have to learn from it and pick it up next game.”
Calhoun likened Saturday’s contest to a closed scrimmage his team had against Niagara in the offseason. The results of the scrimmages aren’t supposed to be public, but Calhoun described as a game where his team was respectable in the first half only to fall apart in the second.
“I guess we learned that we have to be everyday guys. It started in the first half when we were really playing 18 good minutes,” Calhoun said. “It was the same thing that happened against Niagara, when it goes bad for this team it goes really bad. We have a lot to work on, that’s for sure.”
Sophomore guard Jeremiah Ferguson suffered a broken nose. He was limited to five minutes of action, scoring two points and earning two assists.