Three Score in Double Figures As Penguins Fall to Cleveland State

Three Score in Double Figures As Penguins Fall to Cleveland State

Cameron Morse scored 18 points while Francisco Santiago and Jordan Andrews each added 13 but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a tough 64-59 decision to Cleveland State on Saturday night at the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins (9-17 overall and 4-9 in the Horizon League) were never able to get any traction against the Vikings (8-18 and 3-10). CSU was led by Demonte Flannigan who scored a career-high 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting while converting 9-of-9 from the free-throw line.

In the second half the Guins were able to hang around and outscored CSU 38-32. 

YSU came out quick to start the second stanza cutting an 11-point halftime decifit to 34-32 on a 3-pointer by Morse just 3:45 into the half. But CSU responded with six straight points to regain control going ahead 40-32.

The Penguins pulled within 57-52 at the 3:04 mark when Morse split a pair of free throws. However, Flannigan answered with a spinning layup to make the contest 59-52. A Morse free throw brought YSU back within 59-53 with 1:59 remaining, and the Guins had an opportunity to get within three points, but Matt Donlan missed a 3-point attempt.

Two free throws by Rob Edwards with 1:21 remaining made it a 61-53 contest before Santiago made a nifty reverse layup with 1:17 left to get YSU back within six. After Jeron Rogers and Andrews traded free throws, Donlan drilled a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left bringing YSU within 62-59. 

However, with 4.3 seconds left, Flanningan knocked down two free throws for the final margin.

For the game, YSU shot 35.8 percent (19-of-53) and went 5-of-24 from beyond the 3-point arc. CSU shot 46 percent making 23-of-50 shots. The Guins outrebounded the Vikings 34-32.

In the first half, the Penguins shot just 33.3 percent (8-for-24), went 1-for-11 from 3-point range and committed 12 turnovers. The Penguins also scored a season-low 21 points in the first half

Cleveland State's Demonte Flannigan scored 16 first-half points, accounting for half of the Vikings' first-half total.

A dunk by Donlan, a 3-pointer by Andrews and jumper by Kaufman gave the Penguins a 7-6 lead with 13:51 left in the first half.

Cleveland State used a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to take an 11-point lead, 20-9, at the 8:22 mark, and led by as many as 14, 27-13, on a 3-pointer by Rob Edwards with 5:12 to go.

The Penguins trailed by double-digits the rest of the half and entered the lockerroom down 32-21.

The Penguins host UIC, Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:05 at the Beeghly Center.