Men's Basketball Drops 76-74 to Decision; Will Host Green Bay on Tuesday

YSU Basketball vs Detroit
YSU Basketball vs Detroit

Youngstown -- Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a game-high 22 points and led three other Penguins scoring in double figures but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 76-74 decision to Detroit on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

Despite the loss, the Penguins earned the No. 6 seed and will host No. 7 Green Bay on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:05 p.m. in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament. 

The game will be on 570 WKBN and televised on the Horizon League Network and on tape-delay on MyYTV.

Perry finishes the regular season as the Horizon League's leading scorer at 16.8 points per game in conference play and 16.8 points per game overall. Perry also led the league in steals becoming just the fifth player in league history to lead in both scoring and steals in conference games.

Senior DuShawn Brooks and junior Blake Allen each finished with 13 points and junior Damian Eargle finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

With the loss, the Guins finish the regular season at 15-14 overall and 10-8 in the league, marking their first winning record since 2000-01.

Detroit, who shot 56.9 percent from the field, improves to 18-13 overall and 11-7 in the Horizon League.

The Guins, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, were down eight, 70-62 with just over four minutes remaining after a jumper by Ray McCallum.

After the under four media timeout at 3:37, Perry connected on two free throws and drained a 3-pointer with 3:02 remaining.

Eargle made two free throws to bring the Guins within one, 70-69, with 2:25 left.

After a jumper by Detroit's Eli Holman pushed the Titan edge back to three, 72-69, Perry knocked down two more charity tosses at the 1:31 mark to back within one, 72-71.

UDM's Chase Simon added two more three throws to take a three-point advantage, 74-71, and, after Ashen Ward made just one-of-two free throws, Holman's dunk put the Titans up by four, 76-72, with nine seconds left.

Perry made two more free throws to get back to within two, 76-74, with 3.5 seconds left, but after a missed free throw by Ray McCallum, the Guins could not corral the rebounds

The Guins trailed by four at the half, 36-32, and fell behind by five, 42-37, just a minute-and-a-half into the second half.

Ward, who scored the Guins first eight points of the second half, started an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer at the 17:51 mark.

An alley-oop dunk from Ward to Perry tied the game at 42-42 and a 3-pointer by  Brooks gave the Guins a 45-42 lead with 15:55 to go.

Detroit answered with a 17-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 10-point lead, 59-49, at the 9:32 mark.

The Guins got back in the back with their own 11-2 run- highlighted by 3-pointersfrom Perry and Allen, a layup by Perry and a jumper by Brooks - to get back within two, 62-60, with 7:27 remaining.

The first half featured six ties and four lead changes and the largest lead was no more than six points.

The Titans started off hot scoring nine of the first 12 points of the game to take a 9-3 with 17:09 to go.

The Guins rattled off an 11-0 run to take a 14-9 advantage after 3-pointers by Brooks, Perry and another by Brooks and a layup by Allen with 14:03 left.

The Guins held the lead for the next four more minutes until the Titans knotted the contest at 23-23 with 10:28 to go.

After three more ties and three lead changes, the Titans entered the lockerroom with a 36-30 lead at the intermission.