Men's Basketball Takes on Akron in NE Ohio Coaches Vs. Cancer Doubleheader Saturday

Devin Morgan
Devin Morgan
 
Opening Tip
• The Youngstown State men's basketball team returns to action, against Akron, Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader in Cleveland, Ohio. Tipoff against the Zips is slated for 4:30 p.m.
 
• The Penguins host Heidelberg in their 2018-19 home opener, Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center. It will be the first meeting between the schools.
 
The Coaches
• Jerrod Calhoun is in his second year at Youngstown State and his seventh season overall as a head coach. The 13th head coach in program history, Calhoun owns a career mark of 132-63 overall and 8-25 at Youngstown State. The Cleveland, Ohio, native came to YSU after spending five years at Fairmont State, where he led the Fighting Falcons to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship game and a 34-3 overall record. Calhoun was named the 2017 Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year and the Mountain East Conference Men's Sports Coach of the Year.
 
• John Groce enters his second season as the head coach at Akron and his 11th year overall. Groce owns a 15-18 record with the Zips and a 195-149 overall record. Prior to Akron, Groce spent five years as the head coach at Illinois (2012-17) and four seasons as the head coach at Ohio (2008-12). He won 95 games with the Illini and led Illinois to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season. At Ohio, he won 85 games and guided Ohio to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2012 Sweet 16.
 
Storylines and Notes
• The Penguins are participating in the Fourth Annual Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader. Youngstown State owns a record of 1-2 in those games, including a 90-82 win over Akron in 2016.
 
• The Penguins and Zips have met 89 times previously and the Zips own a 57-32 advantage in the all-time series. This meeting, however, will be the first time the school have met at a neutral site. YSU defeated Akron, 90-82, in 2016 and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Zips. It also marked YSU's first win over Akron since 1994 and just the second since 1987.
 
• Youngstown State returns five letterwinners and two starters from last year's team. Returning starters include sophomores Naz Bohannon and Garrett Covington. The Penguins also have just one senior,  Noe Anabir, on the roster. 
 
Up Next
• After their first two games on the road, the Penguins return to the Beeghly Center to host Heidelberg in the 2018-19 home opener, Monday, Nov. 12.
• Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN+.
 
Bohannon Named Preseason All-Horizon League Second-Team
• Sophomore Naz Bohannon was named to the 2018 Preseason All-Horizon League Team after a vote of the league's head coaches, athletics communications directors and media.
• Bohannon was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team in 2017-18 after averaging 7.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, which ranked sixth in the Horizon League.
• He scored 230 points and grabbed 259 rebounds, the most by a YSU player since 1991-92. 
• Bohannon had at least 10 rebounds seven times and posted four double-doubles. 
• Bohannon also scored in double figures eight times and posted a career-high 16 points against Cleveland State on March 2.
 
The Akron Series
• This is the 90th meeting between Youngstown State and Akron in a series that dates back to 1937.
• The Zips own a 57-32 advantage in the all-time series and have won 20 of the last 22 meetings.
• The Penguins snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Zips with a 90-82 victory in 2016 in the Second Annual Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader.
 
Last Time Against Akron
• Cameron Morse scored a game-high 27 points and Matt Donlan added 20 points to lead the Penguins to a 90-82 win at the Beeghly Center on Nov. 12, 2016.
• The Penguins, who shot 54.3 percent from the field in the second half, used a 17-4 run in the early portion of the second half to turn a seven-point deficit, 45-38, into a 55-49 lead with 14:08 to go.
• The Penguins made 11 3-pointers, including seven in the second half, and shot 50.8 percent from the field.
 
Hampton Impresses in Debut
Junior Kendale Hampton turned in an impressive performance in his YSU debut.
• Hampton led the Penguins with 15 points against Pitt on Nov. 6.
• He made four 3-pointers and went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and added four rebounds.
• His 15 points are the most in a YSU debut since Matt Donlan had 15 in 2015 against Kent State.
• Bobby Hain scored 19 in his debut against George Washington in 2012.
• Dushawn Brooks's 20 points against Samford in 2010 are the most points scored in a YSU debut since 2001.
 
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its 33rd win over Akron. 
• Mark YSU's second straight win over the Zips.
• Mark the first time YSU won consecutive games over the Zips since 1983-85 when YSU won five straight.
• Mark Jerrod Calhoun's 133rd career win and his ninth at Youngstown State.
• Mark the 1,085th victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins an 1-1 overall record.
• Mark YSU's first neutral site win of the season. 
 
Last time Out
• Junior Kendale Hampton was the only player to reach double figures in a 69-53 loss to Pitt on Nov. 6.
• The Penguins shot just 26.9 percent (18-of-67) from the field and 21.1 percent (8-of-38) from 3-point range.
• The 38 3-point field-goal attempts is a single-game record.
• Sophomore Naz Bohannon reached double figures in rebouding for the first time this season and the eighth time in his career with 10 boards.
 
Penguin Debuts
• Nine players made their Youngstown State debuts against Pittsburgh.
• Juniors Donel Cathcart, Kendale Hampton, Alex Holcombe, Devin Morgan, Antwan Maxwell and frehsmen Olamide Pedersen, Darius Quisenberry, Jelani Simmons and Atiba Taylor all played in their first game in a Penguins uniform.
• Morgan, Pedersen and Quisenberry also made their first career starts for YSU.