Men's Basketball Opens #HLMBB Tournament Against Flames

Men's Basketball Opens #HLMBB Tournament Against Flames

Jerrod Calhoun Press Conference
Naz Bohannon Press Conference
YSU Gamenotes vs. UIC

Setting the Scene
• The Youngstown State men's basketball team garnered the No. 6 seed in the 2021 Progressive Insurance Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship and will host No. 11 UIC, Thursday, Feb. 25.
• Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
•The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN+. 

YSU Award Winners
• Seniors Naz Bohannon and Garrett Covington and freshman Shemar Rathan-Mayes all garnered Horizon League postseason honors after a vote by the league's head coaches, the Horizon League announced on Tuesday.
• Bohannon was named All-Horizon League Second-Team while Covington was named to the All-Defensive Team for the third straight season, and Rathan-Mayes was selection to the All-Freshman Team.
• Bohannon finished the regular season ranked sixth in scoring with 16.7 points per game, tied for fifth in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game and sixth in field-goal percentage at .519. He also posted 2.7 assists per game, which ranked 18th in the league. Bohannon, who recorded four double-doubles, also ranked third in the Horizon League with 10 20-point games. This season, he became YSU's Division I leading rebounder with 974 and has scored 1,207 career points.
• Covington, who was named to the All-Defensive Team in 2018-19 and 2019-20, was charged with guarding the opponents top scorer in each game and averaged 1.3 steals per game and 4.5 rebounds per contest. His steals per game ranked 10th in the league. He is the first player in school history to being named to the all-defensive team three times. Covington, who scored in double figures 17 times, averaged 11.8 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field and 72.4 percent from the free-throw line.
• Rathan-Mayes is the third YSU player since 2017-18 to be named to the All-Freshman Team. He averaged 10.5 points and 3.6 assists per game and scored in double figures 13 times. He ranked 10th in the league in assists per game, 11th in steals per game with 1.32 and was third in free-throw percentage. He made 22 straight free throws, which ranks tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history, from Jan. 8 through Feb. 13.
 
Penguins in the Tournament
• Youngstown State owns an overall Horizon League Tournament record of 7-19. 
• Last season, the Penguins defeated Milwaukee, 63-57, in the 2020 Horizon League Championship First Round.
• The Penguins lost to UIC,67-61, in the quarterfinals last season.
• The previous time YSU won a game in the tournament was an 81-80 victory over Oakland to advance to the semifinals in 2017. 
• The Penguins have hosted a first-round game five times and own a 4-1 record.
 
First Round Home Tournament Games
YSU 82, Detroit 80 - Feb. 27, 2007
UIC 73, YSU 68 - March 3, 2009
YSU 77, Green Bay 60 - March 2, 2012
YSU 62, Loyola-Chicago 60, March 5, 2013
YSU 63, Milwaukee 57, March 3, 2020
 
Record By Tournment Round (Since 1984)
First Round (Horizon League only): 6-12
Quarterfinals: 6-13
Semifinals: 2-4
Championship: 0-2
Overall: 14-31
 
The UIC Season Series
• The Penguins and Flames split the season series on Jan. 22-23 at the Beeghly Center.
• UIC won game one, 67-66, on a tip-in at the buzzer.
• Senior Naz Bohannon scored a game-high 20 points while Michael Akuchie posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
• In game two, four players scored in double figures to lead the Penguins to an 85-77 victory.
• Bohannon scored a game-high 23 points while freshman Daniel Ogoro scored a career-high 19 points.
• Akuchie had 13 points and nine rebounds while senior Garrett Covington posted a double-doulbe with 12 points and 10 rebounds. 
 
A Win Would
• Give YSU its 16th win over UIC.
• Mark the second straight win over UIC.
• Mark the first win over UIC in the Horizon League Championship.
• Give Youngstown State its eighth Horizon League Tournament win and its seventh win in the first round.
• Mark the fourth straight time YSU has won a Horizon League first-round game at home.
• Mark Jerrod Calhoun's 177th career win and his 53rd at YSU.
• Mark the 1,128th victory in program history.
• Give YSU an 15-11 overall record and 10-5 home record.
 
The UIC Series
• This is the 49th meeting between Youngstown State and UIC in a series that dates back to 1993.
• The Flames own a 33-15 advantage in the all-time series, but the Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak to the Flames in the last meeting.
• YSU and UIC have met four times in the Horizon League and the Flames have won each contest.