Logan, Utah -- Senior Cameron Morse scored a team-high 23 points but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 91-74 decision to Utah State on Wednesday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Penguins fall to 2-10 while the Aggies improve to 7-6.
Leading the Aggies was DeAngelo Isby with 26 pints while Sam Merrill had 18, Dwayne Brown, Jr. had 16 and Quinn Taylor added 13 points.
The Aggies led by eight, 60-52, midway through the second half before the Penguins made a charge. From the 11:37 mark to the 8:48 mark, the Penguins outscored the Aggies, 12-3, to get within 63-62. Hartfield started the surge with a layup and back-to-back layups by Covington brought the Penguins within three, 61-58. Freshman Naz Bohannon made a pair of free throws to get within one, and, after a basket by Isby, Hartfield hit a jumper to get back within one, 63-62.
Over the next three minutes, the Aggies went on a 12-2 run to boost their lead to 75-64 and the Penguins would make just three of their final 14 field-goal attempts.
In the first half, Morse scored the Penguins first eight points of the game, and after a 3-pointer by senior Jaylen Benton the Penguins built a game-high eight-point lead, 15-7. Utah State answered with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 15-15 before Hartfield hit a 3-pointer to put the Penguins up three.
Isby hit a 3-pointer to give Utah State its first lead of the game, 22-20, but Morse answered with his third 3-pointer of the first half to regain the lead 23-22 with 8:32 left before intermission. That would mark the Penguins' last lead of the game. YSU was also hampered by 11 first-half turnovers that led the 16 Utah State points.
A 16-5 run by the Aggies over the next five minutes ballooned the Utah State lead to 38-28 and the Aggies led by seven at the half after a layup by Covington with just three seconds left.
The Penguins close out the non-league portion of their schedule against Indiana, Friday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.