Penguins Fall in Overtime to Milwaukee, 94-85

Cameron Morse
Cameron Morse

Milwaukee, Wis. -- Five players scored in double figures for the second straight game, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 94-85 overtime decision to Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Junior Cameron Morse led the Penguins (9-13, 3-6 Horizon League) with 21 points while freshman Braun Hartfield had 16 points with six rebounds and senior Jorden Kaufman scored 14 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Junior Francisco Santiago posted 12 points with eight assists and senior Matt Donlan added 11 points off the bench.

Leading Milwaukee (7-14, 3-5 Horizon League) was Cody Wichmann with 23 points, Brock Stull with 19 and Brett Prahl with 18 points. Cameron Harvey added 15 points of the bench.

Milwaukee's Prahl offensive rebound and putback with 2.5 seconds left tied the game at 75-75 and forced the overtime. In the extra period, the Panthers scored the first eight points on 3-pointers from Wichmann and Stull and a jumper by Stull to take an 83-75 lead.

Senior Brett Frantz hit a 3-pointer and Hartfield's layup with 1:55 left cut the Penguins' deficit to three, 83-80. Milwaukee, though, scored the next five points to push the lead back to eight and the Penguins would not get closer than five, 90-85, with 16 seconds left.

The Penguins, who led for just 54 seconds in the first half, led for more than 15 minutes in the second half and led by as many as nine, 71-62, with 6:36 remaining. A layup by Hartfield, 3-pointer by Morse, two free throws by Hartfield and a layup by Kaufman pushed the YSU lead from two to nine.

Milwaukee then used a 13-4 run over the last six minutes and held the Penguins scoreless for the final 2:51 of regulation.

Youngstown State fought off a slow start and a nine-point deficit, 11-2, and clawed its way back into the game. A 14-3 run gat the Penguins within two, 16-14, and 3-pointers by Donlan and Latin Davis got the Penguins within one, 21-20, with 7:43 left.

A 3-pointer by Morse, a jumper by Kaufman and a 3-pointer by Donlan at the 2:30 mark gave the Penguins their first lead of the game, 30-29.

The Penguins scored the final five points of the half on a 3-pointer by Morse and three free throws by Frantz to take a 36-35 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.

Youngstown State returns home to host Cleveland State, Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.