Phoenix Catch Fire in Second Half to Knock Off Scrappy Penguins, 75-67

Green Bay, Wis. -- Junior Vytas Sulskis scored a team-high 18 and senior Zack Rebillot added a career-high 10 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team could not overcome a hot-shooting Green Bay squad and dropped a 75-67 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Resch Center.

The Penguins fall to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the Horizon League while the Phoenix improve to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.

The Phoenix shot 55 percent in the second half and made 20-of-25 free-throw attempts after halftime, meanwhile the Penguins attempted just 19 free throws for the entire game.

The Phoenix shot 55 percent in the second half and made 20-of-25 free-throw attempts after halftime, meanwhile the Penguins attempted just 19 free throws for the entire game.

The Penguins and Phoenix battled through nine ties and five lead changes throughout the course of the game.

The Penguins led at halftime, 32-29, but the Phoenix began the second half with a 12-5 run to take a 41-37 lead with 16:33 to go after a jumper by Rahmon Fletcher, who scored a game-high 28 points and 23 in the second half.

Rebillot's tip-in at the 13:15 mark gave the Penguins a 43-42 edge and a lay up by Dan Boudler regained the Penguins' lead at 45-43 with 11:44 to go.

Fletcher drilled a 3-pointer to put the Phoenix up 50-47 but Tom Parks knotted the game at 50-50 with 8:40 remaining.

A free throw by Randy Berry and a jumper and 3-pointer by Bryquis Perine ballooned Green Bay's one-point edge to seven-point advantage, 61-54, with 4:50 to go.

The Penguins would not get any closer than four points the rest of the way.

In the first half, Youngstown State scored the first seven points of the game and the Phoenix missed seven of their first eight shots before Perine hit a jumper at the 16:36 mark to cut the YSU lead to 7-2.

Ashen Ward extended the Guins' lead to seven, 9-2, after making two free throws a minute later.

Green Bay knotted the game at 11-11 with a 9-2 run capped by a Fletcher lay up with 13:43 to go.

Over the next eight minutes, the Penguins were able to cushion its lead to as many as five points, 26-21, after a lay up by Rebillot and a free throw by Kelvin Bright.

That five-point lead was short-lived when Troy Cotton nailed a 3-pointer at the 5:38 mark to cut the deficit to 26-24, and Fletcher gave the Phoenix their first lead of the game, 27-26, with a trey with 4:29 to go.

A lay up by Sulskis, two free throws by Cooskey and a jumper by Cooksey gave the Penguins a 32-29 lead at the intermission.

The Penguins return home to host High Point, Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.