Jeremiah Ferguson Scores Career-High 21 Points in Loss at Oakland

Jeremiah  Ferguson (Photo by Jose Juarez)
Jeremiah Ferguson (Photo by Jose Juarez)

Rochester, Mich. -- Sophomore Jeremiah Ferguson scored a career-high 21 points and senior Cameron Morse also posted 21 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 95-82 decision to Oakland on Wednesday night.

The Penguins fell to 5-12 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League while the Golden Grizzlies improve to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Morse connected on 8-of-16 from the field and made five 3-pointers while Ferguson was a career-best 8-of-12 from the floor and had two 3s.

Senior Jaylen Benton also reached double figures for the Penguins, who made a season-best 12 3-pointers, with 14 points.  

Leading Oakland was led by Kendrick Nunn with 26 points while Jalen Hayes posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Daniels has 16 points and nine assists.

The Golden Grizzlies, who shot 70.4 percent from the field and made eight 3-pointers in the first half, led by 19, 62-43, with just over 15 minutes left to play before the Penguins made a charge.

Youngstown State went on a 14-2 run over the next three minutes to get within seven, 64-57. Jumpers Noe Anabir and Morse, a layup by Ferguson and a 3-pointer by Morse got the Penguins within 10 with 13:10 left. 

After a layup by Oakland's Martez Walker, Ferguson added another layup and Braun Hartfield hit a 3-pointer at the 12:06 mark to get the Penguins within seven.

Oakland rebuilt a 13-point edge but Ferguson scored six straight YSU points to trim the deficit back to seven, 75-68, with 7:46 left.

Over the next four minutes, Oakland went on a 18-3 run to build an insurmountable 93-71 lead with 2:26 to go.

In the second half, the Penguins shot an impressive 55.2 percent from the field, made five 3-pointers and outscored the Golden Grizzlies, 44-41.

Youngstown State visits Detroit, Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.