Men's Basketball Drops 72-62 Decision to Cleveland State

Devin Morgan (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Devin Morgan (Photo by Robert Hayes)

Cleveland, Ohio -- Junior Devin Morgan scored all of his team-high 17 points in the second half and sophomore Naz Bohannon posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 72-62 decision to Cleveland State on Saturday night at the Wolstein Center.

Junior Donel Cathcart III scored 10 points for the Penguins, who fall to 6-16 overall and 2-7 in the Horizon League. The Vikings improve to 6-16 overall and 1-8 in the league.

YSU came out quickly scoring the first five points of the game. However, Cleveland State used an early 10-2 run in the first half and closed the session on a 12-2 run to build 17-point halftime advantage, 37-20. The Vikings scored the first seven points of the second half to boost their lead to 24, 44-20, with 17:34 to go. 

The Penguins went on a 14-0 run trim the deficit to 10, 44-34, capped by a 3-pointer by Morgan with 13 minutes left. 

Cleveland State extended the lead back to 16, 52-36, before a basket by Bohannon, a free throw by Cathcart and a 3-pointer by Morgan got the Penguins back within 10, 52-42, at the 8:24 mark. Freshman Olamide Pedersen made two free throws to cut the Penguins deficit to nine, 58-49, with 4:48 to go.

YSU got as close as 67-59 with 1:34 left after a 3-pointer by Morgan.

For the game, YSU shot 30.6 percent (22-of-72) and made 9-of-36 3-point attempts. YSU outrebounded Cleveland State 51-34 in the contest while grabbing 24 offensive rebounds. CSU was 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the field and made 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Penguins outscored the Vikings 42-35 in the second half. For the game, YSU had 26 second-chance points to just nine for CSU.

Youngstown State visits Oakland on Thursday in Rochester, Mich. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.