Penguins Beat Green Bay 85-74 For First 3-0 Start

Tyree Robinson (Photo by Drae Smith)
Tyree Robinson (Photo by Drae Smith)

The Youngstown State men's basketball team scored 50 points in the second half and had three players score at least 17 in an 85-74 win over Green Bay on Saturday at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins have won their first three games to start Horizon League play for the first time since joining the conference in 2001-02 and for the first time since 1997-98. YSU is now 5-11 overall and 3-0 in conference games while Green Bay is 7-11 and 2-3.

Braun Hartfield scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, and Cameron Morse had 14 of his 19 in the final 20 minutes. They helped lead a 21-point turnaround as the Penguins trailed 45-35 with 19 minutes left and went on to win by 11.

Freshman Garrett Covington turned in another solid game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals while junior Tyree Robinson just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds while tallying a career-high four blocks.

Sandy Cohen III led Green Bay with 27 points, 18 of which he scored in the first half to help Green Bay take a 41-35 lead at the break.

The Phoenix scored the first four points of the second half to expand their lead to 10. The Penguins scored 15 of the next 20 points to get within one, 50-45. 

Morse tied the game at 52-52 with a old-fashioned three-point play, and Covington's two free throws at the 14:55 mark gave the Penguins a 58-57 lead, their first since the 12:21 mark of the first half.

A 3-pointer by Morse at the 13:41 mark put the Penguins up six, 63-57, and after the Phoenix got back within two, 63-61, the Penguins went on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 10, 73-63, capped by a pair of layups by Hartfield. A 3-pointer by Covington, a jumper by Hartfield and another jumper by Covington gave the Penguins their largest lead of the game, 80-68, with 3:14 to go. 

Green Bay outshot the Penguins 50.8 percent to 42.7 percent, but YSU was plus-five in turnover margin and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds.

The Penguins begin a three-game road trip against Oakland, Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Rochester, Mich.