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Who is Youngstown State?

By mrasor Published: December 20, 2007

Men's basketball
No. 2 UCLA predictably blew out the Penguins in the season opener.
Since then, YSU (3-9) has played close with Notre Dame and Kent State, yet lost some games it should've won.
No stat really jumps out to explain the poor record, except a 34-point disparity in the first halves of games.
This should be a game where Akron jumps on the Penguins' throat and maintains the lead throughout, much like against North Carolina A&T.
In last year's game, Quade Milum and Nate Linhart were huge factors. YSU focused on limiting Romeo Travis, Dru Joyce and Jeremiah Wood -- and succeeded. Still, it was allowing two role players combine for 32 points led to the 70-61 win.
The Penguins relied heavily on senior guards Quin Humphrey and Keston Roberts, but those guys are gone. Byron Davis became the leading scorer (14.7) after being more of a pass-first player last season. Post player John Barber leads the team in rebounding (5.8) and also scores 12.7 points per game.
Football

    New offers...
    Evan Frierson, linebacker, Washington, D.C. Offers: Akron, Wake Forest, Ohio and Syracuse Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 217 Speed: 4.6 Notes: He also has interest in Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina and Tennessee. His top four are Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Tennessee. It doesn't look likely he'll be a Zip.
    Darian Robbins, running back, Elyria, Ohio Offers: Akron, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Toledo and Princeton Height: 5-10 Weight: 192 Speed: Not listed Notes: Scout has nothing on Robbins. His GPA is 2.8. That makes me surprised that Princeton offered a scholie. Other schools of interest include North Carolina A&T, Central Florida and North Carolina.
      Note...
      Mike Cruz, a tight end from Johnstown, Pa., and brother of current Zips tight end Jose Cruz, narrowed his list to five schools, which doesn't include Akron. He'll attend either Clemson, Florida State, Illinois, Pittsburgh or West Virginia.
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