Sophomore Braun Hartfield posted a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds and four others reached double figures, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 92-78 decision to UIC on Thursday evening at the Beeghly Center.
The Penguins fall to 5-15 overall and 3-4 in the Horizon League while the Flames improve to 9-11 overall and 4-3 in the league.
UIC was led by Markus Ottey's 29 points and Tarkus Ferguson's double-double of 14 points and 10 assists. Tai Odiase scored 17 while Godwin Boahen had 14 and Dominque Matthews added 11.
The Flames made 14 3-pointers and shot 53.8 percent from behind the arc with Ottey and Boahen each making four while Ferguson and Matthews each had three.
The Penguins trailed by as many as 11 with 4:15 left in the first half after a 3-pointer by Ottey. YSU responded with a 12-2 run sparked by a layup by Hartfield, 3-pointers by Covington and Hartfield, a bucket by Bohannon and two free throws by Covington to get within one, 44-43, with 1:39 remaining.
The Flames sprinted out to a seven-point lead early in the second half but a jumper by Bohannon and 3-pointer by Covington and Morse gave the Penguins their first lead, 57-56, with 14:48. It marked YSU's first lead since the 13:34 mark of the first half (14-11).
A layup by Hartfield gave the Penguins and 63-61 lead with 10:57 to go and a Morse 3-pointer got the Penguins with one, 70-69, at the 8:37 mark.
UIC went on a 17-6 run over the next seven minutes to pull away from the Penguins.
Youngstown State hosts IUPUI, Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.