Quisenberry, Simmons Notch Career Highs in 99-93 OT Loss at Green Bay

Darius Quisenberry (Photo By David Dermer)
Darius Quisenberry (Photo By David Dermer)

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Green Bay, Wis. -- Freshmen Darius Quisenberry and Jelani Simmons each posted career-scoring highs, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team suffered a disappointing 99-93 overtime loss to Green Bay at the Resch Center on Thursday evening.

The Penguins fall to 4-12 overall and 0-3 in the Horizon League while the Phoenix improve to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Quisenberry led the Penguins with 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He also dished out five assists. Simmons made a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. Junior Donel Cathcart III posted 15 points with three 3-pointers and junior Devin Morgan added 11 points with four assists.

As a team, the Penguins finished with a season-high 15 3-pointers.

Leading the Phoenix was JayQuan McCloud with 24 points and Kameron Hankerson with 19 points and four 3-pointers. PJ Pipes finished with 16 points while ShanQuan Hemphill added 10 points.

The Penguins led by as many as 11 points in the second half and owned a 61-54 lead with 12:24 left in the game after a 3-pointer by Simmons. Green Bay scored the next nine points to take a 63-61 lead at the 8:35 mark.

A 3-pointer put the Penguins back ahead 64-63 with 8:16 to go, but after a free throw by McCloud and a jumper by Hankerson led for the next 4:08. A layup by Simmons gave the Penguins a 78-77 lead and Morgan's three-point play put the Penguins up two, 83-81, with 56 seconds left.

After Pipes tied the game with a pair of free throws, Garrett Covington's go-ahead attempt with eight seconds left was blocked and Green Bay's Sandy Cohen's last-second shot was off the mark and forced overtime.

In the overtime period, a 3-pointer by Morgan and a jumper by Covington put the Penguins up 88-85 with 3:45 left. Green Bay, though, scored the next 10 points to take a 95-88 lead with 42 seconds remaining. Morgan cut the lead down to four, 95-91, with a 3-pointer but the the Penguins would not get any closer.

Youngstown State led for 32:36 compared to 9:05 for the Phoenix. The Penguins also shot 51.6 percent from the field, 53.6 percent from 3-point range and 93.3 percent from the free-throw line (14-of-15). The Phoenix attempted 21 more free throws in the contest while the Guins were whistled for 30 fouls, 14 more than Green Bay.

The Penguins visit Milwaukee, Saturday, Jan. 5, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.