Men's Basketball Falls to Cleveland State in OT, 89-80, Garners Sixth Seed

Men's Basketball Falls to Cleveland State in OT, 89-80, Garners Sixth Seed

Freshman Darius Quisenberry scored 32 points and made a career-high five 3-pointes and senior Noe Anabir scored a career-high 16 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team fell to Cleveland State in overtime, 89-80, on Saturday at the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins, who finish the regular season with a 12-19 overall record and an 8-10 Horizon League mark, garned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Little Caesars Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship. YSU will face No. 3 Oakland, Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

Leading Cleveland State (10-21, 5-13 HL) was Tyree Appleby with 25 points and six assists while Jaalam Hill had 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

The Penguins led by as many as 12 points, 48-36, at the 15:01 mark of the second half. The Vikings closed the gap to four, 53-49, just 3:35 later. A layup and dunk by Bohannon and a layup by Anabir pushed the YSU lead back to 10, 59-49, but the Vikings scored 10 straight to knot the game at 59-59, with 7:50 to go.

A 3-pointer by Quisenberry gave the Penguins a five-point lead, and, after a basket by CSU, Bohannon's layup put the Penguins up 66-61 at the 3:29 mark.

Cleveland State's Stefan Kenic tied the game at 66 with a 3-pointer and dunk by Hill gave the Vikings a 68-67 lead.

After Rashad Williams' 3-pointer gave the Vikings a two-point lead, Anabir tied the game at 71-71 with a layup with 47 seconds left.

The Penguins defense forced a miss but Devin Morgan's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off.

In the overtime period, Cleveland State connected on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and outscored the Penguins, 18-9.