Men's Basketball Falls to Milwaukee, 87-51

Junior Matt Donlan
Junior Matt Donlan

Milwaukee, Wis. -- Junior Matt Donlan scored a team-high 13 points but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped an 87-51 decision to Milwaukee on Monday evening at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

The Penguins fall to 10-19 overall and 5-11 in the Horizon League while the Panthers improve to 18-11 overall and 9-7 in the league.

Donlan was the only Penguin to reach double figures while junior Jorden Kaufman and sophomore Francisco Santiago each scored eight points.

Leading the Panthers was Matt Tiby with 19 points and Jordan Johnson with a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

For the game, the Penguins shot 30.5 percent (18-of-59) from the field, 13.6 percent (3-of-22) from 3-point range and were outrebounded, 50-30. 

The Penguins got within six, 43-37, after a layup by Cameron Morse, but the Panthers scored the next 12 points and 15 of the next 17 to expand their lead to 58-39 with 11:48 left. The Penguins were held to just one field goal over a seven minute span.


In the first half, neither team shot well from the field as the Penguins connected on 10-of-27 from the floor for 37 percent and the Panthers went 10-of-29 for a 34.5 percent clip. The Penguins also missed their first seven 3-pointers and made just two of 12 before halftime.

The Panthers, however, used a 23-15 rebounding advantage to score 10 second-chance points and went 15-for-19 from the free-throw line.

The game was tied at 9-9 after a Morse 3-pointer just under 13 minutes left. The Panthers went on a 16-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 25-13 lead.

The Panthers lead by 13, 35-22, before Latin Davis drained the Penguins' second 3-pointer of the game to get back within 10, 35-25, with 1:43 to go.

Santiago made three free throws down the stretch to get the Penguins within nine, 37-28 at halftime.

The Penguins host Wright State, Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Beeghly Center. Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m. and is part of a YSU women's and men's basketball doubleheader.