Covington Drills Buzzer Beater To Top Milwaukee 72-71

Garrett Covington (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Garrett Covington (Photo by Robert Hayes)

Youngstown State sophomore Garrett Covington drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the right corner to help lead the Penguins to a 72-71 win over Milwaukee (9-15, 4-7 Horizon League) on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins (9-16 overall and 5-7 in the Horizon League) trailed 70-69 with 5.5 seconds. UWM's Darius Roy missed his first-throw before making the second giving the Guins a final chance. Darius Quisenberry took the inbounds pass and dribbled up the floor. Quisenberry drove the lane and spotted a wide-open Covington in the corner. Covington caught the pass and just before time expired let go of a corner 3-pointer. The shot hit nothing but net and after a brief officials review, the hoop was confirmed.

Trailing 70-66, Youngstown State scored six points in the game's final six seconds. Quisenberry drove the length of the court and converted a 3-point play with seven seconds left to set up Covington's game-winner.

Junior Devin Morgan led the Penguins with a game-high 21 points and tied a career high with five 3-pointers. Sophomore Naz Bohannon posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Penguins trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half but rallied cut the deficit to one, 28-27, at halftime. The Panthers led the first 22 minutes of the game before the Penguins tied it 30-30 with 17:46 left.

Donel Cathcart III's jumper at the 16:53 mark gave the Penguins their first lead of the game, 33-32. From that point, the Penguins and Panthers exchanged the lead 10 more times with an addition four ties.

In total, the Penguins led for just 8:32 compared to 29:44 for Milwaukee.

Roy led the Panthers with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists while DeAndre Abram and Amir Allen each had 13 points.

The Penguins look for their fourth win on Saturday night when they play host to Green Bay. Tipoff at the Beeghly Center is set for 6 p.m.