Youngstown St. Basketball: Important Games Coming Up Against Butler, Valparaiso

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Youngstown St. Basketball: Important Games Coming Up Against Butler, Valparaiso
A packed Beeghly Center before the Youngstown State - Cleveland State in late January.

Youngstown State returned home Sunday after winning two of three contests on an important six-day road trip.

Last Tuesday, Youngstown State went to US Cellular Arena and defeated a flat Milwaukee Panthers squad, 73-65. This victory, coupled with YSU's home win just 10 days earlier over these very Panthers, means YSU holds the key tiebreaker between the two for the remainder of the season.

This tiebreaker is key for Youngstown State, as these two teams are currently tied for third in the Horizon League standings.

Two days later, the Penguins squandered an early eight-point second-half lead to Illinois-Chicago, falling to the UIC Flames, 72-68.

Finally, on Super Bowl Sunday, Youngstown State took down the Loyola Ramblers in big fashion by the final score of 80-63.

This successful road trip for Youngstown State means this weekend's games against the fifth-place Butler Bulldogs and first-place Valparaiso Crusaders are that much more important.

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