Detroit, Mich. — Senior DuShawn Brooks scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Youngstown State men's basketball team to a late come-from-behind 64-61 win over Detroit on Thursday evening at Calihan Hall in the Horizon League opener for both teams.
The Guins improve to 5-1 for the first time since 2000 and are 1-0 in the Horizon League. Detroit falls to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Brooks, who made a career-best six 3-pointers, nailed his final two in the final 1:55 to erase a four-point defict, 59-55, and to give the Penguins a 61-59 lead with 1:05 to go.
Sophomore Kendrick Perry, who had 13 points, extended the Guins lead to 62-59 after making one-of-two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Detroit's Chase Simon made a layup with 1.1 seconds left to bring the Titans within one, 62-61, but Perry then made two more free throws with 0.5 seconds left to seal the win.
Detroit scored the first four points of the second half to take a 38-35 lead, but a 3-pointer by senior Ashen Ward capped an 8-2 run to give the Guins a 43-40 lead at the 14:21 mark.
The Guins extended their lead to five twice, 47-42, and 49-44, with 11:10 to go.
The Titans used an 11-1 run to take a point lead, 55-50, at the 5:40 mark. Brooks hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to bring the Guins within two, 55-53, with 5:22 left.
After a free throw by Simon, Brooks hit a jumper at the 3:10 mark to get within one, 56-55.
Detroit's Donovan Foster put the Titans up four, 59-55, at the 2:11 mark before Brooks' 3-pointer to bring the Guins with one, 59-58, with 1:55 to go.
In the first half, the Guins jumped out to a 12-4 lead just four minutes into the game, sparked by a high-light reel alley-oop dunk from Ward to Perry.
Three-pointers by Brooks and Ward capped the Guins' early run at the 15:48 mark of the first half.
Detroit outscored the Guins 12-2 over the next four minutes to take its first lead of the game, 16-14, on a three-point play by McCallum at the 11:42 mark.
Allen finally got in the scoring column nailing a jumper and a 3-pointer to give the Guins a 19-18 lead.
Brooks hit two more 3-pointers to push the Guins advantage to six, 27-21, at the 6:15 mark.
The Guins led by as many as seven points, 35-28, after two layups by freshman Shawn Amiker. However, Detroit scored the final six points of the half, including four in the final three seconds. McCallum hit two free throws and Chase Simon stole the in-bound pass and fed McCallum for a layup to cut the Guins lead to 35-34 at the intermission.
The Guins visit Wright State, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The contest will air on 570 WKBN and the Horizon League Network.