Chicago, Ill. -- Youngstown State made a total of 14 3-pointers and held off a second-half surge by UIC en route to an 82-78 win over the Flames on Thursday evening at the UIC Pavilion.
Sophomore Cameron Morse scored a team-high 22 points and dished out a career-high eight assists to lead the Penguins, who improve to 9-13 overall and 4-5 in the Horizon League. Junior Matt Donlan scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and freshman Jordan Andrews tied a career high with 18 points.
Along with Donlan five other Penguins made at least one 3-pointer. Morse also made four 3-pointers, which tied a career high, Andrews made three and junior Brett Frantz, sophomore Francisco Santiago and freshman Latin Davis each made one.
Leading UiC, who falls to 2-18 overall and 0-9 in the league, was freshman Dikembe Dixson with 32 points and 15 rebounds. Michael Kolawole scored 15 points, while Najeal Young had 12 points and 16 rebounds and Tai Odiase scored 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Penguins made four straight 3-pointers midway through the first half to turn a two-point deficit into a 10-point lead, 20-10, with 12:26 left before halftime. A triple by Morse, back-to-to-back 3s by Donlan and another by Frantz keyed the 12-0 Penguins run.
Odiase made a free throw to cut the YSU lead to nine, but Morse hit another 3-pointers and a layup to extend the YSU lead to 14, 25-11.
The Penguins pushed the lead to 22, 41-19, at the 6:02 mark after three straight 3-pointers by Donlan, Andrews and Morse,and led by as many as 24, 49-25, on Santiago's 3-pointer at the 3:57 mark.
The Flames scored the final six points of the half to cut the Penguins lead to 49-31 at the intermission.
In the first five minutes of the second half, the Flames went on a 20-6 run to cut the Penguins lead to five, 55-51, with 14:16 to go.
Andrews, who scored 10 points in the second half, pushed the Penguins lead by to 10, 63-53, with a 3-pointer at the 11:52 mark. A 3-pointer by Morse gave the Penguins an 11-point lead with 8:21 to go.
The Flames twice got within two points with under a minute to go, but Santiago and Andrews each made a pair of free throws to bump the lead back to four.
The Penguins visit Valparaiso, Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Atheltics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Ind.