Men's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short at Duquesne, 84-74
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Youngstown State men's basketball team trailed by 15 points in the second half and chipped the deficit down to five, but the Penguins could get over the hump and dropped an 84-74 decision to Duquesne on Wednesday evening at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Junior Kendrick Perry led the Penguins, who fall to 3-3, with 15 points and Damian Eargle had 14. Freshman Bobby Hain scored 13 points off the bench and sophomore Shawn Amiker added 10 – all in the final four minutes of the game.
Duquesne, which improves to 2-3 on the year, shot 50 percent in the second half and outrebounded the Penguins, 53-29. The Dukes used that advantage to score 21 second-chance points.
The Penguins trailed by 15 midway through the second half and by 12, 67-55, with 6:23 to go before they made their surge.
After a Duquesne basket and two free throws extended the lead back to 11, Amiker ignited a 10-4 run with a jumper and two 3-pointers to bring the Guins with five, 75-70, with 1:51 left.
Amiker also had a tip-in with 1:13 left, but Duquesne made six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Duquesne used runs of 12-0 and 7-0, with the aide of seven first half 3-pointers, and controlled the boards to take a 42-33 halftime lead.
The Dukes out-rebounded Youngstown State in the first half, 27-14, and grabbed 10 offensive boards that led to eight second-chance points.
The Penguins opened the game scoring the first five points on a triple by Blake Allen and a jumper by Eargle.
Duquesne scored the next 12 points, and after a jumper by Eargle, the Dukes scored five more straight to take a 17-7 lead.
Two more jumpers by Eargle and a 3-pointer by Perry at the 10:48 mark cut the YSU deficit to five, 20-15.
A 7-0 run by the Dukes – two jumpers and a 3-pointer by Quevyn Winters – pushed the Duquesne lead up to 12, 27-15, with 9:16 remaining.
Freshmen Ryan Weber and Bobby Hain each hit a 3-pointer and Hain added a jumper and a free throw to bring the Guins within eight, 34-26, with four minutes remaining.
The Dukes made two more 3's to close out the half with the nine-point advantage.
The Penguins will be off for a week before hosting Kent State, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.