Team Effort Leads Men's Basketball to 82-76 Win at IUPUI

Darius Quisenberry (Photo by David Dermer)
Darius Quisenberry (Photo by David Dermer)

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Freshman Darius Quisenberry scored a game-high 22 points with eight assists as the Youngstown State men's basketball team held off a late IUPUI charge for an 82-76 win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Penguins improve to 6-12 overall and 2-4 in the Horizon League while the Jaguars fall to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Sophomore Garrett Covington scored 15 points, including nine in the second half, and sophomore Michael Akuchie added 11 points with six rebounds off the bench.

D.J. McCall led the Jaguars with 14 points and the Penguins held leading scorer Cameron Justice seven points off his season average with 13 points.

The game featured seven lead changes and eight ties over the first 23 minutes before the Penguins used a 10-2 to take a 55-47 lead after a jumper by Quisenberry at the 14:50 mark.

Youngstown State extended its lead to 74-61 on a 3-pointer by Quisenberry and owned a 12-point advantage, 79-67, with 2:11 left after a 3-pointer by Covington.

The Jaguars, though, scored nine straight points - aided by three YSU turnovers, to get within 79-76, with 18 seconds left. Noe Anabir split a pair of free throws and Quisenberry made two charity tosses to seal the win.

Youngstown State, which shot 48.4 percent from the field for the game, connected on 51.6 percent of its field goals in the second half and made six 3-pointers after halftime.

The Penguins return home to host Wright State on Thursday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.