Men's Basketball Falls to No. 6 Detroit, 92-79

Cameron Morse
Cameron Morse

Detroit, Mich. -- Sophomore Cameron Morse scored 26 points and dished out seven assists but the No, 7 Youngstown State men's basketball team fell to No. 6 Detroit, 92-79, in the first round of the Little Caesars Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship at Joe Louis Arena.

Morse, who connected on 7-of-17 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line, scored at least 20 points for the 17th time this season. Sophomore Francisco Santiago scored 16 points with five rebounds and junior Matt Donlan added 12 points for the Penguins, who finish the season with an overall record of 11-21.

Four Detroit players scored in double figures led by Carlton Brundidge with 28 points and Anton Wilson with 23. Jaleel Hogan scored 15 points and Josh McFolley added 13 points for the Titans, who improve to 16-14 overall and will play No. 3 Wright State, Sunday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. 

The Penguins committed 13 turnovers that led to 25 Detroit points and the Titans crashed the offensive glass for 17 rebounds that turned into 22 second-chance points. 

The Titans led by as many as 16 points, 62-46, with 16:15 left before the Penguins scored eight straight to get within eight. A three-point play by Santiago, a jumper by Bryce Nickels and a 3-pointer by Morse keyed the YSU run.

A 3-pointer by Santiago got the Penguins within eight, 70-62, and, after the Titans pushed their lead back to 12, the Penguins went on an 8-2 run to get within six, 77-71, with 5:38 left. Santiago hit a jumper, Morse converted a free throw, Frantz connected on a 3-pointer and Donlan made a pair of free throws to get within six.

Wilson answered with a 3-pointer and Hogan made a layup to push the Titans lead back to 11, 82-71. Morse hit another 3-pointer and got the Penguins back within eight, 82-74, with 3:28 to go.

In the first half, Detroit capitalized on nine YSU turnovers that led the 18 points and had nine offensive rebounds and owned a 15-0 advantage in second-chance points.

The Penguins led by as many as six, 14-8, at the 15:19 mark and led the Titans 19-18 after a layup by Morse with 11:09 to go.

Over the next seven minutes, the Titans went on a 20-4 run to take a 15 point lead with 4:27 left.

A 3-pointer by Jordan Andrews, two free-throws by Morse, jumpers by Donlan and Morse, a fashbreak dunk by Sidney Umude and a free throw by Latin Davis sparked a a 12-3 YSU run and cut the deficit to six, 41-35, with 1:09 left.

Detroit closed out the half scoring six of the last seven points to take a 47-36 halftime lead.