Men's Basketball Drops 71-68 Decision at Austin Peay in BracketBuster Game

YSU Basketball vs Cleveland State
YSU Basketball vs Cleveland State

Clarksville, Tenn. -- Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored 20 points and junior Damian Eargle posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 71-68 decision to Austin Peay in the 2012 Sears BracketBusters game on Saturday evening at the Dunn Center.

Senior DuShawn Brooks scored 13 points and junior Blake Allen added 10 points with five assists for the Guins, who fall to 14-13 after the loss.

Austin Peay improves to 10-19 overall and was led by TyShwan Edmundson's game-high 23 points while coming off the bench.

The Guins made more field goals (24-22) and more 3-pointers (13-6) and shot 44.8 percent from 3-point range, but the Governors connected on 21-of-27 from the free throw line while the Guins were just 7-of-10.

The Governors, who shot just 33 percent from the field for the game, dominated the boards, outrebounding the Guins, 51-32, with 27 coming on the offensive glass and scored 29 second-chance points.

In the second half, the Governors outscored the Guins, 43-35, thanks in part to 14 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points.In contrast, the Guins had 10 total rebounds after halftime.

The Governors led by six, 66-60, with 1:07 to go when the Guins made a late charge and cut the deficit to one, 66-65, after a 3-pointer by Allen and a layup by Perry with 19 seconds left.

APSU's Jerome Clyburn made just the first of two free throws to put the Governors up two, 67-65, but he knocked the ball away Kendrick Perry as he was driving the to the basket. Perry fouled Edmundson and he made two more charity tosses to go up four, 69-65.

Perry hit another 3-pointer with five seconds left to get within one, 69-68, but Josh Terry made two free throws for the game's final score.

Leading by one, 41-40, made three 3-pointers in less than two minutes to build an eight-point lead, 50-42, with 12:52 to go.

Austin Peay then used a 15-2 run over the next five minutes sparked by eight points from Edmundson to take a 57-52 lead with 7:40 remaining.

During that run, the Governors took their first lead of the game on a jumper by Edmundson at the 10:03 mark.

The Guins scored the first nine points of the game and twice led by as many as 10 points in the first eight minutes of the game.

An Eargle layup at 14:42 to the Guins up, 13-3, and a 3-pointer by Ward gave the Guins an 18-8 advantage with 11:47 to go.

APSU tied the game at 24-24 with 6:53 to go but the Guins used a 9-4 to close out the half with a 33-28 lead.

The Guins return to Horizon League action when they host Wright State, Thursday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.