Sioux Falls, S.D. -- Senior Cameron Morse scored a game-high 24 points and became the 12th player in school history to reach 1,500 career points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 71-64 decision to Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon at the Sanford Pentagon.
The Penguins fall to 2-4 overall while Southern Miss improves to 3-2.
Morse, who now has 1,520 career points connected on 7-of-15 from the field, including going 5-of-11 from 3-point range. Junior Tyree Robinson just missded his second straight double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Leading Southern Miss was Cortez Edwards with 18 points while Tyree Griffin and Kevin Holland each has 17 points.
The Penguins who were plagued by 12 first-half miscues that led to 13 Southern Miss points, led for the most of the first half keyed by Morse's 13 first-half points. YSU led by as many as six points and held a four-point lead, 23-19, after a Morse jumper at the 7:10 mark.
The Eagles went on a 13-4 run over the next six minutes and held the Penguins to just two made field goals the rest of the half. Naz Bohannon's layup with 32 seconds left cut the Penguins' deficit to three, 32-29, at the intermission.
Youngstown State knotted the game at 34-34 and 45-45 before the Eagles hit three straight 3-pointers to take a 54-45 lead with 10:56 left. The Penguins answered with a 9-0 run of their own after two layups from Braun Hartfield and 3-pointer by Morse and another layup by Hartfield at the 7:53 mark.
After a basket and two free throws by Southern Miss, Jeremiah Ferguson's 3-pointer cut the lead down to one, 58-57, and Robinson's two free throws got the Penguins within two, 61-59, with 3:45 left.
A layup by Cortez and four free throws by Griffin extended the Eagles' lead to eight with 37 seconds left
Robinson's old-fashioned three-point play with 21 seconds left cut the deficit to four, 68-64, but the Penguins would not score againt.
Youngstown State closes out the Sanford Pentagon Showcase against South Dakota, Sunday, at 3 p.m.