Cleveland, Ohio -- Freshman Olamide Pedersen recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 98-69 decision to Akron on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.
The Penguins fall to 0-2 while the Zips improve to 2-0.
Freshman Darius Quisenberry also posted a career high with 10 points. The Penguins made 12 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half, and shot 41.4 percent from behind the arc.
Akron placed five players in double figures led by Daniel Utomi with 25 points and Jimond Ivey with 18. Loren Cristian Jackson scored 16 points with four assists while Deng Riak had 14 points and Tyler Cheese record 13 points off the bench.
The Penguins got off to a hot start making four 3-pointers in the first six-and-half minutes to take a 20-13 lead with 13:27 left. After the Zips cut the lead to one, 20-19, Quisenberry, Antwan Maxwell, Jr., and Garrett Covington each hit a 3-pointer to boost the YSU lead to eight, 29-21. After the teams traded baskets, the Penguins led 31-23 with 7:50 left before halftime.
The Zips scored the next eight to tie the game at 31-31 and took their first lead 34-33 on a three-point play by Riak with four minutes left.
In the second half, the Penguins shot jus 29.4 percent from the field and made just two three while the Zips conntected on 54.9 percent from the floor and outscored YSU, 52-25, in the final 20 minutes.
Youngstown State faces Heidelberg in the home opener, Monday, Nov. 12. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.