YSU Turns Up Defense in 69-35 Win Over Fredonia State

YSU Basketball vs Fredonia
YSU Basketball vs Fredonia

The Youngstown State men's basketball team used a solid defensive effort to win their 10th straight home non-conference game beating Fredonia State 69-35 on Tuesday night at the Beeghly Center.

With the victory, YSU improves to 6-2 while the Blue Devils drop to 6-2. The 35 points allowed on Tuesday by the Penguins were the fewest in a contest since Hiram had just 35 on Dec. 22, 1970.

Leading the way offensively was Blake Allen who scored 14 points, DuShawn Brooks finished with 13 points, 11 of which came in the first half and Kendrick Perry had 12. For FSU, Julius Bryant had a team-high 13 points and six rebounds.

The Penguins used the night to get some reserves involved. For the game, 12 players saw at least eight minutes of action while none played more than 25. Nine players saw double figures in minutes on the evening for YSU.

On the defensive end, YSU held the Blue Devils to just 31.9 percent shooting from the field (15-of-47). The Penguins shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57) and were 9-of-24 from behind the 3-point arc. The team's combined to attempt just 14 free throws.

In the second half, YSU outscored the Blue Devils 38-23 after leading by 19 at halftime.

YSU never trailed after scoring the first five points of the game. Fredonia cut the deficit to 5-2 then the Penguins went on a 10-0 run and never looked back. Capping the run were the first collegiate points for redshirt freshman Fletcher Larson. Larson's tip in of a miss by Shawn Amiker gave the Guins a 15-2 lead at the 12:48 mark of the first half.

Larson followed up his putback with a 14-foot turnaround jumper in the lane at the 11:01 mark to give the Guins a 17-3 advantage.

The Penguins' biggest lead of the half, 31-12, came at just before halftime on a free-throw by Perry with four seconds left.

In the first half, YSU shot 40.6 percent (13-of-32) while limiting Fredonia State to just 21.7 percent (5-of-23). FSU was 1-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc.

D.J. Cole scored his first collegiate points as did Chris Morgan in the contest. Eleven players scored for the Guins while 10 had a rebound and seven had an assist.

The Penguins return to action on Saturday when they play at Buffalo. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be carried live on 570 WKBN.