Men's Basketball Opens 89th Season at Pittsburgh Tuesday Night

Noe Anabir (Photo by Dave Dermer)
Noe Anabir (Photo by Dave Dermer)

Opening Tip
• The 89th season of Youngstown State men's basketball commences on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the Penguins visit Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 570-AM WKBN and The ACC Network Extra.
 
• The Penguins will be back in 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 Coaches
• Jerrod Calhoun is in his second year at Youngstown State and his seventh season as head coach. The 13th head coach in program history, Calhoun owns a career mark of 132-62 overall and 8-24 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.
 
• Jeff Capel enters his first season at Pittsburgh after being announced as the 16th men's basketball head coach in program history on March 28, 2018. Capel owns a 162-110 record as a head coach at VCU and Oklahoma with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight trip with Oklahoma in 2008. He spent the last seven seasons as assistant and associate head coach at Duke.
 
Storylines and Notes
• Youngstown State has a 41-47 all-time mark in season openers. Last year, the Penguins lost to Kent State, 111-78, in the Third Annual Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader hosted by Akron. The Penguins have won five of their last eight season openers.
 
• The Penguins and Panthers have met eight times previously, and Pittsburgh owns a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Panthers defeated the Penguins 91-73 in the last meeting between the schools on Dec. 14, 2013, at the Petersen Events Center.
 
• 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
• The Penguins take on Akron in the Fourth Annual Northeast Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Cleveland, Ohio.
• Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN .
 
Bohannon Named Preseason All-Horizon League Second-Team
• Freshman 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 Pittsburgh Series
• This is the ninth meeting between Youngstown State and Pittsburgh in a series that dates back to 1972. 
• The Panthers own a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series. 
• The Panthers defeated the Penguins 91-73 in the last meeting between the schools on Dec. 14, 2013, at the Petersen Events Center.
• The Penguins' lone win against Pittsburgh came in 1976 at the Beeghly Center.
 
 Last Time Against Pitt
• Kendrick Perry scored a game-high 28 points as the Penguins dropped a 91-73 decision to Pitt on Dec. 14, 2013 at the Petersen Events Center.
• The Penguins were the first team to score more than 70 against the Panthers that year.
• Perry was 11-of-18 from the field, dished out four assists and had three rebounds in the contest. 
• Kamren Belin added 13 points for YSU while DJ Cole had nine.
• For the game, YSU shot 46.4 percent, knocking down 51.7 percent (15-of-29) in the second half. 
• The Penguins made 26-of-56 shots in the contest. 
• YSU converted five of its six 3-pointers in the second half. 
• Pitt shot 51.5 percent in the game making 35-of-68 shots.
 
Who Returns
• The Penguins return four letterwinners from last year's team and two starters, including sophomores Naz Bohannon and Garrett Covington. Youngstown State also returns senior Noe Anabir and sophomore Michael Akuchie. Junior Devin Morgan has two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2017-18 season to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements.
 
Youth Is Served
The Penguins have nine newcomers to the program in 2018-19, but also have just one senior - Noe Anabir. Youngstown State has six juniors, three sophomores, three redshirt freshmen and four true freshmen. Only one player on the roster has more than one year of  Division I playing experience - junior Devin Morgan.
 
YSU Breaks Steals Mark
• With five steals in the season finale against Cleveland State last season, Youngstown State set the single-season steals record of 266 
• The old mark of 255 was set in 1990-91.
• YSU's 13 steals against Oakland on Feb. 14, 2018, were the most against a Division I opponent last season and the seventh time the Penguins eclipsed 10 steals in a game.
 
Penguins Third Nationally in Offensive Rebounds
• The Penguins led the Horizon League in offensive rebounding last season and ranked third nationally with 14.34 offensive rebounds per game.
 
200, 2K Streaks Extend
• Youngstown State extended a couple of impressive offensive streaks last season.
• With 2,410 points scored last season, YSU has extended its streak of 2,000-point campaigns to nine.
• The Penguins made seven 3-pointers against Cleveland State on March 2, 2018 to reach 235 made 3-pointers. It pushed their streak of at least 200 made 3s in a season to eight. 
 
Bohannon Board Crashing
• Sophomore Naz Bohannon was one of the Horizon League's top rebounders last year.
• Over the last 23 games of 2017-18, Bohannon grabbed 205 rebounds for an average of 8.9 per game.
• Bohannon ranked fifth in the Horizon League with 8.1 rebounds per game and averaged 9.0 rebounds in league play, which ranked third.
• He recorded seven double-digit rebound games and had at least six rebounds in 27 of 32 games.
• Bohannon's 259 rebounds are the most since Jerome Sims' 327 in 1991-92 and the most by a YSU freshman since Jeff Covington's 311 in 1974-75.
 
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its second win over Pittsburgh.
• Mark YSU's first win over Pittsburgh since 1976.
• Mark YSU's first season-opening victory since at a 90-82 win over Akron in 2016-17.
• Give YSU its 42 season-opening win.
• Mark the Penguins' second win over a team from a Power 5 Conference.
• Mark YSU's first win over a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference
• 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 1-0 overall record.
• Mark YSU's first road win of the season. 
 
Covington Tied Career-Scoring High
Garrett Covington tied a career-scoring high with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field against Oakland on Feb. 14, 2018.
• Covington hit the game-winning shot with 0.1 seconds left and scored seven of the game's final nine points.
• Covington also limited Kendrick Nunn, the nation's second-leading scorer, to just 18 points - eight points below his season average - on 6-of-14 shooting from the field.
• Against IUPUI (2/10/18)and Oakland (2/14/18), Covington averaged 16 points per game on 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) shooting from the field and 4-of-5 (80 percent) from 3-point range.
 
Morgan From Long-Range
• In his two seasons at Delaware State, junior Devin Morgan showed a propensity to make 3-pointers.
• In 62 career games played at DSU, Morgan made 156 career 3s for an average of 2.52 made 3s per game.
• He made 86 during the 2016-17 season and 70 as a freshman in 2015-16.
 
Bohannon Doublin' Up
Naz Bohannon posted back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career with 11 points and a career-best 15 rebounds against  Wright State on Jan. 15.
• He also posted the second double-double of his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Detroit Mercy on Jan. 12, 2018.
• He was the first YSU freshman to record at least three double-doubles in the same season since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02.
• Bohannon was the first YSU freshman since 2012-13 to post multiple double-doubles in the same season.
• The last freshman to do so was Bobby Hain in 2012-13.
 
Morgan 1,000-Point Countdown
• Junior Devin Morgan scored 833 points in two seasons at Delaware State and needs just 167 more to reach 1,000 for his career.
• In 2016-17, Morgan scored 460 points and 373 in 2015-16.
• He averaged 14.4 points per game as a sophomore while posting a 12.0 scoring average during his freshman season.
• In 62 career games played, Morgan averaged 13.4 points per game.