Penguins Topple Thiel, 106-74, In Hurricane Relief Exhibition Game

Naz Bohannon (Photo by Drae Smith)
Naz Bohannon (Photo by Drae Smith)

Four players scored in double figures as the Youngstown State men's basketball team defeated Thiel, 106-74, in an exhibition game that benefited the National Hurricane Relief Fund on Tuesday evening at the Beeghly Center.

Freshman Naz Bohannon nearly recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while senior Jaylen Benton also scored 13 points. Senior Cameron Morse scored 10 points with four steals while junior Devin Haygood added 10 points with four blocks and three steals. Seniors Ryan Strollo and Francisco Santiago just missed double figures with eight points each and each had two 3-pointers. 

As a team, the Penguins forced 29 turnovers with 19 steals and scored 36 points off of Thiel's miscues.

The Penguins also outrebounded Thiel, 54-44, and shot 45.3 percent from the field for the game.

Youngstown State held an early 9-6 lead then went on a 16-4 run to boost its lead to 11, 21-10, with 13:16 to go in the half.

Over the last five minutes of the first half, the Penguins outscored Thiel, 15-3, to expand a 15-point edge, 42-27, to a commanding 27-point advantage at the half, 57-30. 

The Penguins lead by as many as 48 points, 102-54, with 5:11 left before Thiel outscored YSU, 20-4, the rest of the way.

Youngstown State opens the 2017-18 regular season against Kent State, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. as part of the Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Doubleheader hosted by the University of Akron.