Kennesaw, Ga. – Senior Kendrick Perry scored 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the floor and nearly missed a triple double with nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Youngstown State men's basketball team to a 75-67 win over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday afternoon.
The Penguins improve to 3-0 for the third straight season while Eastern Kentucky falls to 2-1.
Sophomore Ryan Weber scored 17 points with four 3-points and nine rebounds and the Penguins outrebounded the Colonels, 45-30.
Over the next 15 minutes, the Colonels whittled the Penguins lead down to two, 66-64, with 3:14 to go. Perry scored the next five points on a layup and an old-fashioned three-point play to extend the Penguins advantage back to seven, 71-64, at the 1:15 mark.
EKU's Orlando Williams cut the deficit down to four, 71-67, with a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left, but the Penguins made four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
In the first half, the Penguins trailed the Colonels, 20-14, at the 8:25 mark after EKU's Isaac McGlone's 3-pointer.
The Penguins, who made nine 3-pointers, went on an 18-1 run, keyed by six straight 3-pointers, over the next five minutes to take a 32-21 lead with 3:42 left. Perry's 3-pointer got the Penguins within three then freshman Marcus Keened tied the game at 20-20 with 7:37 left.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Weber, one by Perry, and another by Weber finished the Penguins scoring jaunt.
A 3-pointer by EKU's Tarius Johnson cut the lead down to six, 32-26, but two free throws by DJ Cole and a layup by Perry closed out the half and gave the Penguins a 36-26 halftime lead.
The Penguins finished the KSU Men's Basketball Tournament by hosting Warren Wilson College in the 2013-14 home opener, Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.