Cold-Shooting Penguins Fall at Milwaukee, 66-55

Garrett Covington (Photo by Drae Smith)
Garrett Covington (Photo by Drae Smith)

Milwaukee, Wis. -- Youngstown State shot just 31.7 percent from the field and gave up a late Milwaukee run and dropped a 66-55 decision to the Panthers on Thursday night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

The Penguins fall to 6-16 overall and 4-5 in Horizon League play while the Panthers improve to 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the league.

Freshman Garrett Covington led the Penguins with 15 points and made three 3-pointers and classmate Naz Bohannon also reached double figures with 13 points.

Leading Milwaukee, which shot 55.6 percent from the floor, was Bryce Nze and Jeremiah Barnes with 17 points each.

The Penguins took 18 more shots than the Panthers, 63-45, and forced Milwaukee into 18 turnovers, but could on convert those miscues into 21 points.

After owning a two-point halftime edge, 31-29, the Panthers extended their lead to eight points, 42-34, with 12:59 to go. The Penguins answered with an 8-0 run to knot the game at 42-42 after a jumper by Jaylen Benton, a three-point play by Bohannon and a 3-pointer by Covington at the 10:53 mark.

Milwaukee regained a six-point advantage before the Penguins cut the deficit to one, 49-48, with 5:38 remaining after a Bohannon layup.

The Panthers went on a 14-0 run over the next 4:25 to put the game out of reach.

Youngstown State scored the first five points of the game in the first minute of the contest on a Covington layup and a 3-pointer by senior Cameron Morse. Over the next eight minutes, the Panthers used a 13-2 run to take a 13-7 lead at the 10:52 mark.

Morse banked in a 3-pointer to get YSU within two, 15-13, but the Panthers answered with two quick buckets to take a 19-13 lead. Jeremiah Ferguson hit a 3-pointer at the 6:46 mark to get YSU back within two, 20-18, but the Panthers pushed their advantage back to eight, 26-18, with 5:08 to go.

The Penguins capitalized on an 11-3 run to tie the game at 29-29 after Ferguson's second 3-pointer of the half with 1:36 left. Milwaukee, however, scored with 1:12 left to take a 31-29 lead into halftime.

Youngstown State visits Green Bay, Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. ET at the Resch Center.