Jaylen Benton Scores Career High in Loss to Idaho State

Jaylen Benton
Jaylen Benton

Pocatello, Idaho -- Senior Jaylen Benton scored a career-high 13 points and made a career-best three 3-pointers but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped an 86-62 decision to Idaho State on Monday evening at Holt Arena.

Junior Tyree Robinson had 11 points with five rebounds and three steals in just 15 minutes and sophomore Braun Hartfield added 10 points for the Penguins, who fall to 2-9.

Idaho State, which won its fourth straight game and improved to 4-5, was led by Balint Mocsan with 17 points and Geno Luzcando with 12. Jared Stutzman had 11 points while Brandon Boyd added 10.

The Bengals drained 11 3-pointers, including six in the first half, and shot 56.9 percent from the floor overall.

Youngstown State was cold from 3-point range making just one of its first 10 shots from behind the arc and going just 5-for-21 for the game. Overall, the Penguins took 10 more field-goal attempts than the Bengals but shot just 39.3 percent from the floor.

Idaho State scored the first nine points of the game and led the Penguins, 20-10, midway through the first half. The Penguins answered with a 10-3 run to get within three, 23-20, at the 6:29 mark. Robinson sparked the run with two layups and a dunk while Benton drilled a 3-pointer.

The Bengals pushed the lead back to seven but another layup by Robinson cut the deficit to 29-24 with 2:58 left in the first half. ISU scored the next eight points to ballooned its lead to 13 owned a 14-point halftime edge, 40-26.

Idaho State made five more 3-pointers in the second half and shot 55.6 percent from the floor. YSU connected on 46.7 percent from the floor in the second half.

Youngstown State visits Utah State, Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 9 p.m. in Logan, Utah.