JAGUARS TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE

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IUPUI (7-8, 6-8 HL) in Youngstown St. (13-10, 8-10 HL)
Events: Friday, February 19, 2021 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 5 p.m.
Place: Youngstown, Ohio – Beeghly Center
Live video: Game # 1 / ESPN3

Game # 2 / ESPN3

Tickets: NONE AVAILABLE
Game Notes: IUPUI (PDF) YSU (PDF)
Live statistics: Game # 1 Live Statistics
Game # 2 Live Statistics
Social media: Twitter | Instagram
Series history: All-time results

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The ardent IUPUI basketball team will take to the streets one last time this week of the 2020-2021 regular season when the Jaguars travel to Youngstown, Ohio to battle Youngstown State (13-10, 8-10 HL ) compete in a two-game series. The two teams will compete against each other on Friday (February 19) and Saturday (February 20) in the Beeghly Center of YSU. Both games begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Both competitions will be broadcast on ESPN3.

IUPUI (7-8, 6-8 HL) has won three of its last four games and four out of six since January 29. The Jaguars put together an impressive UIC home game last week, beating the Flames 89-69 on Friday and then with an 88-81 win the next day. Senior Marcus Burk was downright brilliant in the game and scored a total of 70 points in two games, while 69.2 percent were shot from the ground and 7 out of 10 (70 percent) from the three-point range. Burk reached a season high of 36 points in the 15-of-20 shooting on Friday and supported it with 34 points on Saturday. He was later named # HLMBB Player of the Week and received recognition from ESPN.com and Mid-Major Madness. Burk also passed the 1,000 point mark in his IUPUI career on Saturday, and only in his 47th career game.

Not to be outdone, Senior Guard Jaylen Minnett registered his fourth and fifth game in a row with 20 or more in the rating column and scored 45 points and 10 threes in a two-game game. Minnett scored 13 of 24 (54.2 percent) from the field and 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) from the three-point range in the two games. A third senior Elyjah Goss, scored his fifth and sixth straight doubles averaging 16 points and 11.5 rebounds per game against the Flames. Goss continues to lead the Horizon League at 10.9 rebounds per game and now averages 10.0 points per game for the year.

Sophomore point guard Mike DePersia, who was appointed to the #HLMBB All-Academic Team on Thursday, combined the IUPUI single game record on Friday with 14 assists without generating sales. DePersia has not made any sales since losing to Wright State on January 23, then delivered 31 assists and played 207 minutes since his last miscue.

Youngstown State has a tear after winning five straight wins since the calendar was moved to February. The Penguins beat Purdue Fort Wayne last week with 84-70 and 72-70. For the year the high-ranking striker Naz Bohannon leads the YSU in the ranking (16.4 ppg) and is second in the team in the rebound (8.1 rpg). Guard Darius Quisenberry averages 14.5 points per game and Garrett Covington, senior wing, checks in with 11.7 points per game. Overall, YSU outperforms its opponents by 2.1 rebounds per game and with +3.2 is one of the best profit margins in the league.

IUPUI struggled mightily with YSU and only ran 1-14 against the penguins. YSU has won the last eight meetings between the two schools, including six in a row since the Jags joined the Horizon League for the 2017-2018 campaign. IUPUI’s only win came on February 5, 2000 in Youngstown with 55-48 points. The entire series dates back to December 1975, when the first three meetings took place before IUPUI switched to Division I.

CHARACTERISTICS IN THE IUPUI BASKETBALL TEAM

IUPUI students wrote stories on various topics for this year’s men’s basketball team on a series of class assignments. Read their work as previously published on IUPUIJags.com and other social channels.
RIM THAT INTRODUCES A NEW CULTURE IN THE MEN’S BASKETBALL RANGEby Bobby Taylor
Cohesion keys as jaguars to launch the unique 2020-2021 campaignby Andrew Thomison
HOOPS ROOTS RUN LOW IN THE DEPERSIA FAMILYby Ed Clark
MINNETT WANTS TO IMPROVE AS A LEADER IN THE SENIOR SEASONby Devin Voss
GEORGIADIS ‘TRAVELS LAND HIM IN IUPUIby Alex Burr

OPENING TIPS (Notes on this week’s series with YSU / Click here for full game notes.)