Kendrick Perry, Hot-Shooting Penguins Take Down Loyola, 80-63

YSU Basketball vs Loyola
YSU Basketball vs Loyola

Chicago, Ill. -- Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a game-high 28 points and the Youngstown State men's basketball team shot 63.3 percent from the field en route to an 80-63 over Loyola on Sunday afternoon at Gentile Arena.

Perry, who connected on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor, also dished out six assists and had seven steals. Perry is also the first YSU player to collect six-or-more steals in a game since Marlon Williams had six against UMKC on Dec. 21, 2002.

The Guins shot 60 percent in the first half and 65.5 percent in the second half. Their overall field-goal percentage of 63.3 percentage marks the first time since 2006 that the Guins shot above 60 percent in a game.

Juniior Blake Allen scored 19 points while junior Damian Eargle posted 12 points and senior Ashen Ward added 11.

With the win, the Guins improve to 13-10 overall and 8-5 in the Horizon League, which sets a school mark for most league wins since joining the circuit in 2001-02. Loyola falls to 5-18 overall and 0-13 in the Horizon League.

The Guins led 37-30 at halftime but started the second half on a 9-0 in the first 1:48 to take a 46-30 advantage with 18:12 to go.

Perry opened the half with a steal and layup and after Allen drilled a 3-pointer to go up 12, he added another layup and a jumper to give the Guins a 16-point cushion.

Ward hit a 3-pointer to put the Guins up 20, 56-36, with 15:12 remaining and the Guins never led by less than 14 points the rest of the way. A Perry layup at the 3:31 mark put Guins up by a game-high 23, 78-55.

In the first half, the Guins only trailed twice, 10-9 at 14:52 and 12-11 at 13:19 before Perry scored seven straight points on jumper, two free throws and a 3-pointer to take an 18-12 edge with 11 minutes to go.

A Ward 3-pointer with 7:11 to go gave the Guins a 28-21 lead before the Ramblers used a 9-4 run to get within two, 32-30, at the 2:45 mark.

The Penguins held the Ramblers scoreless the rest of the half and Perry's jumper with 11 seconds left put YSU up 37-30 at the half.

The Guins return home to host Butler, Thursday, Feb. 9. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.com.