Pittsburgh, Pa. -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team showed its moxy for 28 minutes, had the game tied at 42-42 midway through the second half, but Pittsburgh outscored the Penguins 30-14 over the last 12 minutes en route to a 72-56 win on Saturday afternoon at the Peterson Events Center.
The Penguins fall to 3-3 while Pittsburg improves to 5-1.
Pitt was led by Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wannamaker who both scored 14.
The Penguins scored the first five points of the second half on a Sirlester Marin jumper and a Vytas Sulskis triple to trim the Panther lead to one, 34-33. The Panthers however rattled off the next six to push their lead to seven, 40-33.
The Penguins held the Panthers to only two free throws over three minutes and clawed there way back to within one after an 8-2 run. Junior Vance Cooksey netted a free throw to tie the game up 42-42 with 12:26 remaining in the game.
From there, the Panthers scored the next 10 points to go ahead 52-42 with 9:29 left but the Penguins cut into deficit by scoring five of the next seven points to cut the lead to seven 54-47 after a Mays three-point play 8:28 to go. However the Penguins would get no closer.
After the Penguins jumped out to a 10-5 lead off a fast break lay-up by Kelvin Bright at the 15:45 mark, the Panthers went on a 21-5 run over the next 5:50 to go up by 11, 26-15. The Penguins got back within single digits on another Bright lay-up to make the score 26-17 with 9:45 remaining in the first.
The Bright lay-up was the start of 13-4 run for the Penguins that lasted 7:46, bringing the Penguins within two, by a score of 30-28. Pitt scored the last four points of the half to go up six, 34-28.
Youngstown State will now enter Horizon League play on the road as they travel to Detroit to take on the Titans on Thursday. Tip-off at Calihan Hall on is set for 7:05 p.m..