Akron, Ohio – Senior DuShawn Brooks scored a game-high 20 points, but Youngstown State committed a season-high 21 turnovers and dropped an 88-62 decision to Akron on Monday at the James A. Rhodes Arena.
The Guins fall to 6-5 overall while the Zips improve to 6-5.
The Guins built an early 12-7 lead thanks in part to eight points by Brooks, but the Zips answered with a 10-0 run to take a 17-12 lead with 13:24 left in the first half.
A dunk by Damian Eargle and a 3-pointer by Nate Perry knotted the game at 17-17 at the 12:13 mark, and a layup by Brooks tied the game at 19-19 with 10:56 to go.
The Zips scored six straight before a Brooks 3-pointer brought the Guins within three, 25-22, with 7:39 to go.
Akron, though, scored the next 11 points to expand their lead to 14 points, 36-22, at the 4:13 mark.
The Guins chipped the lead back down to seven, 37-30, after 3-pointers by Nate Perry and Brooks and two free throws by Eargle at the 2:32 mark.
Akron was able to rebuild its advantage back to 11 points at the half, 41-30, and scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 48-30 lead with 17:05 left in the game.
The closest the Guins would get was 13, 52-39, at the 14:05 mark when Blake Allen hit a 3-pointer.
The Guins return home to face Robert Morris, Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.