Twelve Penguins Score as YSU Cruises to 93-50 Win Over Geneva
Youngstown -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team scored 30 of the final 40 points in the first half and posted some highlight-worthy dunks in the second in a 93-50 win over Geneva on Thursday evening at Beeghly Center.
All 12 players who appeared in the game for the Penguins scored, and freshman Bobby Hain led all scorers with 16 points. He was one of four YSU players in double figures, and five others finished with at least five points.
The Penguins made 13 of their first 17 field-goal attempts in the second half and shot 50.7 percent for the game. Hain was an efficient 8-for-12, and Blake Allen was 6-for-9 and finished with 15 points in 21 minutes.
Zac Rorick finished with 14 points to lead Geneva.
Youngstown State improves to 5-4 with the victory, and Geneva drops to 0-8 with the loss.
The Penguins scored the first four points of the game and led 9-3 on a Kendrick Perry bucket at the 16:37 mark. Brian Rice hit a bucket for Geneva to cut the score to 9-7 less than a minute later, and Geneva trailed just 17-14 eight minutes into the game.
Hain made a jumper on YSU's next possession to start an 8-0 run, and the Penguins closed out the half on a 30-10 spurt. Hain's bucket at the 3:05 mark put the Guins up by 20 at 42-22, and his basket with 1:41 remaining gave YSU its 47-24 halftime lead.
A Perry layup gave the Penguins a 30-point advantage less than three minutes into the second half, and Ryan Weber's dunk with 13:08 left was part of a 12-0 run that gave YSU its first 40-point advantage. A Fletcher Larson bucket with 9:38 remaining gave the Penguins their largest lead of the night at 81-35. Danny Reese connected on a 3-pointer in the final minute for the game's final score. It was his second triple of the evening.
Perry finished with 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 24 minutes, and Shawn Amiker had 10 points and five assists. Both had dunks in the first seven minutes of the second half that brought the crowd to its feet. Damian Eargle added nine points, five rebounds and five blocks. YSU posted 30 assists and just nine turnovers as a team.
The Penguins host Hiram in the Downtown Roundball Classic at the Covelli Center on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. It will be YSU's first contest in the downtown arena.