Kaufman's Last-Second Layup Lifts Men's Basketball to 81-80 Upset Over Top Seed Oakland

Jorden Kaufman (photo by Jose Juarez)
Jorden Kaufman (photo by Jose Juarez)

Detroit, Mich. -- Senior Jordan Kaufman's layup as time expired lifted the Youngstown State men's basketball team to an 81-80 upset victory over top-seeded Oakland in the second round of the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Championship on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. 

The Penguins (13-20) advance to the Horizon League Championship Semifinals for the first time and will face the winner of the No. 4 Northern Kentucky/No. 5 Wright State game on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.

Junior Cameron Morse, who had a game-high 34 points, took an inbounds pass with 3.3 seconds left, drove to just left of the top of the key, lept and found Kaufman wide open under the basket for the game-winner. 

The Golden Grizzlies led 80-79 and had possession with 28 seconds remaining but Sherron Dorsey-Walker turned the ball over. Morse missed a pair of shot jump shots, and Matt Donlan was called for a foul with 11 seconds to go.

Dorsey-Walker missed the front end of a one-and-one, and the Golden Grizzlies fouled Morse twice with fouls to give and whittled the clock down to 3.3 seconds left.

Kaufman posted a career-high 22 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and posted his third straight double-double with 10 rebounds. Morse connected on 12-of-28 shooting from the floor, including five 3-pointers. Morse also grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists and two steals.

Leading Oakland, who falls to 24-8 overall, was Jalen Hayes with 27 points and 13 rebounds and Martez Walker with 22 points. Dorsey-Walker also scored 16 points.

The game featured 19 lead changes, including 10 in the second half, and nine ties, and the Penguins led for 22:17 compared to 13:34 for the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland never led by more than four points while the Penguins' largest lead was 10 points with 4:43 left in the first half.

Youngstown State shot 44.2 percent from the floor, including 48.5 percent in the second half, and outrebounded the Golden Grizzlies, 45-41.