Cleveland, Ohio -- Senior Jorden Kaufman recorded the fifth double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 69-55 decision Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.
Junior Cameron Morse also reached double figures with 15 points for the Penguins, who end the regular season with an 11-20 overall record and a 5-13 mark in the Horizon League.
Cleveland State, who ended the regular season 9-21 overall and 5-13 in the league, was led by Rob Edwards with 20 points and Demonte Flannigan with 15 points.
The Penguins shot 41.5 percent from the field compared to 34.3 percent for the Vikings, but Cleveland State grabbed 19 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points. The Vikings also capitalized on 17 YSU turnovers and scored 22 points off of those miscues.
Down nine, 19-10, midway through the first half, the Penguins went on a 9-2 run to get within three, 22-19, after a jumper by Morse and a layup by Braun Hartfield, who had eight points, at the 6:48 mark.
The Vikings rebuilt their lead to nine before the Penguins scored the final five points of the half to get within four, 30-26, at halftime. Kaufman scored the Penguins' final five points of the half.
Cleveland State pushed its lead back to 10, 38-28, three minutes into the second half. The Penguins chipped away at the lead and Morse's 3-pointer at the 13:09 mark got YSU within six, 44-38.
Over the next five minutes, the Vikings lead ballooned to 12 and the Penguins never got within single digits.