Youngstown State (3-0) vs. North Dakota State (2-1)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Television: None. Home Record: YSU 1-0, NDST 2-0. Away Record: YSU 2-0, NDST
0-1. Neutral Record: YSU 0-0, NDST 0-0. Conference Record: YSU 0-0, NDST 0-0.
Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between the North Dakota State Bison and
the Youngstown State Penguins takes place on Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh,
as the teams play in regional action of the Legends Classic.
In the case of the Penguins, a team which operates as member of the Horizon
League, they are off to a fast start in 2012-13 with three wins in as many
chances. The squad posted an 80-73 victory against George Washington on the
road in the opener and then followed that up with a surprising 68-56 triumph
versus Georgia and then a 75-60 romp over St. Francis-PA last Friday.
Meanwhile, the Bison are off to a 2-1 start, but outside of their loss to top-
ranked Indiana in Bloomington last Monday, the team has had an easy go of it
thus far. Following the 87-61 setback to the Hoosiers, North Dakota State
rebounded by crushing Mayville State, 73-40, at home in Fargo on Saturday.
Both of these teams will be back in action again tomorrow and on Wednesday as
they continue the tourney against Duquesne and James Madison, with all four
teams facing off against each other.
YSU trailed Saint Francis by four points in the first half of their meeting
last week, but in the second half the Penguins surged ahead by double digits
and never looked back thanks to 60.7 percent shooting from the floor in the
final 20 minutes of action. All five starters scored in double figures for the
Penguins, beginning with Kendrick Perry who dropped in 19 points and also
pulled down seven rebounds to lead the program in that department as well.
Blake Allen's 6-of-10 showing beyond the arc accounted for all 18 of his
points, Damian Eargle added 12 points, followed by Kamren Belin and Shawn
Amiker who both tallied 11 points in the triumph. Through three games this
team is shooting a solid 40 percent behind the three-point line, much more
accurate than the competition (12-of-41). Allen (14.7 ppg) has had a lot to do
with that perimeter success with 11-of-24 shots dropping through from beyond
Beating up on Mayville State should have been expected since the team is from
the NAIA and recognized the meeting with North Dakota State as nothing more
than an exhibition. The visitors started out with just six field goals in the
first half on 21 attempts and matched that output in the second on 18 tries
from the floor, all while the NDSU defense was forcing 20 turnovers. Taylor
Braun led all scorers for the hosts with 16 points, followed by reserves Mike
Felt and Chris Kading who dropped in 15 points each for the Bison. Felt is a
huge asset for the Bison coming off the bench as he leads the team in scoring
overall with 16.3 ppg, thanks mostly to his steady hand on the perimeter (12-
of-23, .522). As a whole, North Dakota State has made good on just 37.3
percent out on the perimeter, yet that is still better than the competition
which has averaged out at 28.1 percent accuracy.
The Bison have been tossed a few softballs in the early going, but YSU is no
such opponent, something North Dakota State will find out soon enough.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 67, North Dakota State 58
11/19 10:32:44 ET
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