State College, Pa. – For the second time this season, the Youngstown State men's basketball team tied the school single-game record with 14 3-pointers made but could not overcome a slow start and a hot-shooting Penn State team in an 82-71 loss to the Nittany Lions on Wednesday evening at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Guins fall to 3-1 while Penn State improves to 5-1 overall.
The Guins connected on 14-of-27 from 3-point range, including going 10-of-15 from behind the arc in the second half.
Junior guard Blake Allen led the Guins with 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and made a career-best seven 3-pointers.
Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored 23 points, including 18 points in the second half, and made five 3-pointers. The last time two players scored at least 20 points in the same game was when Vytas Sulskis and Damian Eargle scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, against Malone on Dec. 13, 2010.
The Guins, who shot just 31.3 percent in the first half, trailed by 18, 44-26, at the half, but came out firing making six of their first nine shots of the half to cut the deficit down to 12, 53-41, after Allen drilled a 3-pointer with 14:35 to go.
Three-pointers by Allen, who scored 17 in the second half, and Kendrick Perry and two free throws by Perry brought the Guins within nine, 58-49, with 11:31 to go.
Penn State quickly boosted its lead back to 14 after a 3-pointer by Jermaine Marshall and a tip-in by Ross Travis at the 9:36 mark.
Sophomore Nate Perry converted a four-point play – nailing a 3-pointer and subsequent free throw – to bring the Guins within 10, 68-58.
The Guins would get within nine points two more times on 3-pointers by Allen with 50 seconds left and 18 seconds to go.
In the first half, Penn State used a 15-5 run midway through the half to expand a two-point edge, 7-5, into a 12-point advantage at the 11:29 mark.
A layup by Allen at the 8:01 mark brought the Guins within eight, 26-18, but the Guins went scoreless for nearly five minutes and PSU built an 18-point, 36-18, with 3:27 to go.
The Nittany Lions built a 21-point advantage, 44-23, before Kendrick Perry hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the half.
The Guins visit Saint Francis (Pa.), Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. in Loretto, Pa.