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In Topic: The Town Crier

May 25, 2018 - 05:06 PM

Penguins Singed by Dragons
By Steve Porter

Youngstown State took on the 2-1 Drexel Dragons without the services of injured star center Jamal Grady. Sophomore Kent Jones started in his place.

The Penguins fell behind 14-8, but then Linehan Murphy came in and score 5 quick points to cut the Dragons’ lead to a single point. Sub SF William Worley’s two successive 3’s put YSU on top 20-16 with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Penguins defense limited Drexel’s shooting to just 35% in the half and forced the Dragons to make 10 turnovers. YSU hit 50% of their shots and took a 37-27 lead to the locker room. Leading the Penguins’ scoring was SG B.J. Dennis with 9 points.

Youngstown State scored the first 6 points of the 2nd half to open a 16 point lead. After expanding their lead to 18, the Dragons made a run that cut the Penguins lead to 60-55 with 7-1/2 minutes remaining in the game. As the refs saddled YSU with fouls, the Dragons pulled ahead 68-67 with 2:48 left. On the ensuing possession C Kent Jones then received a pass inside and drove to the hoop to lay it in to regain the lead for the Penguins. The Dragons went ahead by 5 but the Penguins cut the lead to 73-71 with just over a minute to play. Drexel hit a shot and was rewarded with yet another foul where they converted the 3-point play and took a 5 point lead wi 56 seconds to go. With 14 seconds remaining and trailing by 6, B.J. Dennis knocked down a 3. But that was as close as the Penguins could get and they lost 77-74. The real difference in the game was Drexel parading to the foul line in the 2nd half and scoring 7 more points than the Penguins on free throws. The loss dropped YSU’s record to 4-2.

B.J. Dennis scored 16 to lead the scoring for YSU. PG Linehan Murphy added 10 to go along with his 5 assists and PF Aaron Tice scored 9 and pulled down 9 boards.

"We simply ran out of gas in the 2nd half after playing so many games on the road," said Coach KD Durst.

In Topic: The Town Crier

May 23, 2018 - 01:52 AM

Youngstown State Knocks off Big-10 Team
By Steve Porter

The Penguins were cold early and fell behind Penn State 19-4. Capping this, C Jamal Grady sustained an injury after 4 minutes of play. YSU then scored 9 unanswered points to get back in the game. Then with 5-1/2 minutes left in the half, the Penguins took a 22-21 lead. The half ended with Youngstown State on top 34-32. SF Colin Chambliss scored 10 points to pace the Penguins.

Continuing their solid defense, the Penguins opened a 40-33 lead with 17:13 remaining. But Penn State then caught fire and came back to take a 49-42 lead with 11-1/2 minutes to go. The Penguins then went on a 11-0 run to regain the lead at 53-49 with 7:44 on the clock. Penn State pulled ahead by a single point again, but back-to-back 3’s by Chambliss and Tim Lostetter gave YSU a 61-56 lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Penguins’ Colin Chambliss put the ball on the floor and drove to the basket for a dunk that made it 65-56 with 1:43 left. Youngstown State then cracked down defensively and won against the Big 10 team by a score of 69-58.

SF Colin Chambliss finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, PF Aaron Tice had a double-double (11 points and 15 boards) and C Kevin Anderson came off the bench to score 12.

After the game, it was announced that injury sustained early in the game by Jamal Grady was a strained abdominal muscle, and he will miss the Penguins’ next game.

Coach KD Durst said, “When we started so poorly and Jamal was injured early in the game, it looked like we were in for a long night. But I was really impressed by how our team rallied after Jamal was forced out of the game. They cracked down defensively and then we began hitting our shots. Colin Chambliss carried us offensively but Kent Jones and Kevin Anderson both played well in place of Jamal. This early season road schedule is taxing us, but the guys have weathered it well. I never expected we would be 4-1 at this point.”

In Topic: The Town Crier

May 20, 2018 - 07:09 PM

Youngstown State Makes Surprising Announcement
By Steve Porter

Vic Morrissey, Athletic Director at Youngstown State, caught everyone by surprise yesterday by announcing that another high school recruit has accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball for the Penguins next season. YSU’s new catch is Will O’Neil, a 6-8 center presently attending New Prairie H.S. in New Carlisle, Indiana. Morrissey stated, “We seldom get seniors giving us verbal acceptances in late November, but we’re really happy to have this one. O’Neil is a well-rounded ball player. He’s averaging over 15 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg, 3 bpg, and nearly 3 spg. His top strengths are inside shooting and scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking. He’s presently ranked as the 560th best recruit in the nation but has been ranked as high as #243. More importantly, he was rated in the top 5 at the Chicago Prep Revue this past summer. On the other hand, his academic performance has been rather weak, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed until the end of January that he gets high enough SAT scores to meet our requirements.” 

O’Neil follows SF James Asbury accepting a scholarship for the Penguins this year. This leaves them with one more scholarship to fill. Steve Simmons, the Penguins 1st assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, explained, “At this point we are unlikely to offer the remaining scholarship until this spring. In the meantime we’ll keep trying to increase interest in the recruits on our list. We’ve added a few new ones to our list, including a couple international players. Since we don’t have the money to aggressively recruit internationally, they’re definitely long-shots, but any of the international players we’re considering definitely would be a big accomplishment to land. Ideally we’d like to add a guard to our roster, but probably will take the best recruit we can get regardless of position.”

In Topic: The Town Crier

May 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Penguins’ Freshman Wins Honors
By Steve Porter

Youngstown State’s freshman SF Colin Chambliss may have only played four collegiate games, but he’s turning some heads. Standing just 6-3, he’s shorter than most Division I small forwards, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in tenaciousness. He’s averaged 10.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg and has hit 47% of his FG attempts in the Penguins first four games this season. 

And now Chambliss has been awarded the Horizon League’s Freshman Player of the Week award following his two solid games against Southern Utah and Fairleigh Dickinson. 

Coach KD Durst said, “We knew we had a good one when we signed Colin, but he surprised us by immediately winning a starting spot and has become a key to our success this season. He’s still learning our system so he’s going to be even better in the future. We’ve even had Colin fill in at PF at times, and he’s held up well against much more physically imposing opponents. Although we’ve not yet tested him at the guard positions in a game, Colin has the ball handling and passing skills to play at either SG or PG if we need him to do that. It’s rare that you get a player who can ably handle four different positions. We’re all pleased that the entire league recognized Colin’s performance.”

In Topic: The Town Crier

May 15, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Rainy Day in Hackensack for Penguins
By Steve Porter

A day-long rain deluge nearly swept the Youngstown State Penguins into the nearby Hackensack River when they journeyed to New Jersey to take on the 2-1 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights last night. Beyond the downpour, the Penguins were challenged to stop C Kori Krudup who was averaging 22.3 ppg.

PG Levall Hart scored 4 points in the first 43 seconds of play. But the Knights then began hitting their shots and took a lead that they built to 29-20 with 8 minutes to play in the half as the Penguins struggled to hit their shots. YSU then began to shrink the lead and by the end of the half trailed by just three points at 39-36. SF Colin Chambliss led the Penguins’ scoring with 8 points but C Kori Krudup had scored 10 and pulled down 5 boards for Fairleigh Dickinson.

Youngstown State took a 44-43 lead with 16:15 remaining. But the Knights again gained control and with 9 minutes left in the game they led 60-51. The Penguins kept cutting the lead to 3-5 points but each time the Knights answered by pulling away again. The final score was 80-75 in favor of Fairleigh Dickinson. The loss washed away an undefeated season for the Penguins who now are 3-1 in their games this season which have all be played away from home.

C Jamal Grady played most of the game in foul trouble and eventually fouled out but scored 20 and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes of play. SF Colin Chambliss scored 15, C Kent Jones tossed in 12, and SG B.J. Dennis finished with 10.