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Youngstown State Opens Season on the Road
By Steve Porter

Youngstown State’s men’s basketball took a 3-1/2 hour bus ride south to Athens, Ohio to begin their season by taking on the Ohio Bobcats. Following a season when they won 23 games and got to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, the Bobcats slumped last season to a 14-15 record. Coach Mike Clagget said, “We went to post-season tournaments each of the first three seasons I was head coach for Ohio and it hurt last season when we had such a subpar record. We’re intent on turning things around this season and are excited to host the Penguins.”

The Penguins’ defense shone in the first half. YSU held onto a small lead for the first 10 minutes as the Bobcats’ SG Alojzy Wieruszowski kept Ohio within reach by scoring 10 points. Then the Penguins’ offense caught fire and they began to pull away. With 7 minutes remaining in the half the lead expanded to 34-16. When YSU drove ahead 43-20, it sucked the air right out of the Bobcats’ fans in Ohio’s Convocation Center forcing the Bobcats to call a timeout to try to stem the Penguins’ momentum. When the buzzer sounded ending the first half, Youngstown State was in solid control 50-30 as they outshot the Bobcats 59% to 36% and forced Ohio to make 13 turnovers while making just 6 themselves. C Will O’Neil scored 12 points in the half to lead YSU’s attack. Ohio’s Alojzy Wieruszowski also scored 12.

The Penguins cruised to a 31 point lead midway through the 2nd half and then coasted at the end of the game to come away with an 86-66 thrashing of Ohio. Youngstown State dropped in 49% of their shots while Ohio managed just 38%. The Penguins out-rebounded the Bobcats 43-28 and held a 20-15 turnover advantage. YSU scored 36 points in the paint while holding Ohio to just 12 points in the paint and also held a 14-4 advantage on fast break points.

C Will O’Neil scored 16, grabbed 5 rebounds, handed out 3 assists, and had 3 steals and a block. SF Colin Chambliss scored 11 while hauling down 8 boards. PG Pat White scored 10 and dished out 5 assists. SF Lee Pauly had 9 rebounds in just 12 minutes on the court. Ohio’s SG Alojzy Wieruszowski scored 20 and had 7 rebounds, a steal and 3 blocks.

“We had a great team effort tonight,” said Coach KD Durst. “Eleven of our players put points on the board and we got good production from all 5 positions with both starters and subs contributing. It’s always nice to put a W on the board, especially in our season opener.”

When asked about his reaction to starting in his first collegiate game, PF Donnie Williams replied, “I was pretty excited at the tip-off, but the guys got me right into the flow. That got rid of the butterflies, and I was happy to be able to contribute.” He finished with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block.

In Topic: The Town Crier

January 29, 2019 - 01:43 AM

Penguins Ready For Start of Season
By Steve Porter

With the first game of the season just a few days off, Coach KD Durst announced that the starting lineup for his team will be Pat White at PG, Matt Angner at SG, Colin Chambliss at SF, Donnie Williams at PF, and Will O’Neil at C.

“I guess the only surprise is that freshman Donnie Williams will be starting. We expected him to be a key reserve but he’s shown tremendous development during our practices this fall. He really has blossomed,” said Durst.

6’5” senior Pat White who transferred from Oregon after starting the entire year there as a freshman, has been the Penguins starting PG the past two seasons and averaged 11.0 ppg and 5.4 apg last year. Backing him up will be 6’2” sophomore Matt Stafford who averaged 3.2 ppg and 1.1 apg even though he played an average of just 6.5 mpg last season. 6’4” senior Blake Elleby, a walkon, may also see some time at PG.

6’5” senior Matt Angner, who started half the games least season and averaged 7.5 ppg after playing two seasons of JC ball not only will be the full-time starter but can also fill in at PG. 6’5” junior Noel Manley has seen limited action the past two seasons and averaged 1.4 ppg last year, but he’s expected to be the primary backup at SG this year. 6’4” freshman Mike Lofton, while unlikely to play much early in the season, maybe see more minutes as he gains experience at the college level. 

6’3” senior Colin Chambliss, who has started every game at SF during his first three years with the team and who averaged 8.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg last season, will again be solidify the team on both ends of the court since he was the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year last season. As in previous seasons, he likely will also see time at SG and PF due to his flexibility and capabilities. 6’6” junior James Asbury, who averaged 2.6 ppg last year returns as Chambliss’ backup. He is expected to be on the court more this year and could also see time at SG. 6’7” senior Lee Pauly, who split his time in the past at SF and PF and averaged 4.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg last year, is expected to do the same this season and continue to be a key reserve.

6’7” freshman Donnie Williams has shown scoring, rebounding, and defensive capabilities in practice at PF. But 6’8” junior Leroy Delea, who got limited playing time in his first two years at YSU, developed strongly over the summer and will be a key reserve this year and could start in the event Williams doesn’t produce as Durst expects. Besides Pauly getting playing time at PF, its possible that 6’6” walkon senior Lance Robinson may get some playing time.

6’8” junior Will O’Neil, who has been the Horizon League’s Player of the Year in both of his seasons with the Penguins, will again be the key player in the middle. O’Neil averaged 15.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg last year and was a very strong defender. 6’10” sophomore Andre Lilly, who started extensively at PF last year and averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg, will be the primary backup at C as well as getting minutes at PF. 6’9” sophomore Morris Phelan, who averaged 3.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg as a freshman, again will get extensive minutes coming off the bench to fill in at C and PF.

Following three straight seasons as Horizon League champs, Youngstown State is the solid favorite to repeat to win league honors. UIC led by high-scoring SG Ronald Spruel and Wisconsin-Green Bay led by talented C Jamil Weekes are considered to be the top challengers to the Penguins this season.

In Topic: The Town Crier

January 28, 2019 - 04:03 AM

Recruiting Success for Penguins
By Steve Porter

The first recruit to commit to play for YSU next season is Doylan Anderson, a 6’1” SG who is a senior at Virginia High School in Virginia, Illinois. Anderson averaged 15.7 ppg with 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg, and 0.7 bpg as a junior last season. Although ranked higher this summer, he presently is ranked #612 in the nation. The Penguins’ recruiting coach Shannon Winn said, “We’ve been impressed with Doylan ever since watching him at the Chicago Prep Revue where he was evaluated as one of the top 10 players at that camp. He has a nice outside shot and is a good scorer. He’s a very good passer and a sound ball handler. He plays solid defense and gets his share of steals. He’s an athletic kid who doesn’t cause problems.” 

With three scholarships left to fill and the season about to begin, Winn indicated that the recruiting activity level will reduce. “We have a lot of recruits showing interest in our program but not yet ready to commit, so we’ll continue to make contact with the aim of increasing their interest level. Then this spring we can get acceptance of our scholarship offers,” advised Winn. He confirmed that their focus still remains on perimeter players.

In Topic: The Town Crier

January 23, 2019 - 03:45 PM

Durst Cries "FOUL!"
By Steve Porter

The 2022-2023 basketball schedule for the Youngstown State Penguins was released today by the school’s athletic department. Only 2 of the team’s 9 pre-conference games will be at home.

@ Ohio
@ Gardner Webb
@ Massachusetts
@ Kansas State
@ George Mason
@ Ball State

“I asked Vic Morrissey for a ‘balanced’ schedule, but I guess he understood my request to be a ‘bad-assed’ schedule,” commented Coach KD Durst. “7 of 9 on the road. We’re going to have to play our asses off to come out of this with a decent record. But we wanted to play some good teams and getting good teams to come here to go up against us. I’m happy he was able to schedule a game with Gardner Webb, though. It will be fun to take on Steve Simmons team.” Simmons was an assistant coach for Durst before taking on the head coaching reins for the Bulldogs a few months ago.

In Topic: The Town Crier

January 22, 2019 - 02:14 AM

YSU Recruiting Cranks into High Gear
By Steve Porter

The Penguins basketball program recently stepped up their recruiting efforts with the aim of filling 4 scholarships that will come available at the end of this coming season. 

Shannon Winn, the recruiting assistant for Coach KD Durst, said, “Following a year when recruiting was at a low ebb and we had but two scholarships to fill, we will now have four players graduating next May. PG Pat White, SG Matt Angner, and SF’s Colin Chambliss and Lee Pauly will complete their eligibility. While our strong interior core will remain intact, that means we need to bring in some strong perimeter players.”

Winn indicated that beyond making good use of the Midwest Recruiting Report, the team will be attending the Chicago Prep Revue. “We’re still focusing on recruits within the region but it’d be great to steal one or two good ones from outside the region so we’ll keep our feelers out there. Now that we’ve been to the NCAA Tourney the past 3 years, we’re beginning to get known a little outside the region. It’s still difficult to go up against the many great programs around the country that have much larger recruiting budgets, so we need to be smart, efficient … and aggressive,” Winn acknowledged.