Penguins Show Grit in Loss to No. 15 Ohio State

Darius Quisenberry (Photo by Dave Dermer)
Darius Quisenberry (Photo by Dave Dermer)

Columbus, Ohio -- Freshman Darius Quiseberry led the Penguins in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 75-56 decision to No. 15 Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Value City Arena at The Schottenstein Center.

Youngstown State closes out non-league play with a 4-9 record while the Buckyes improve to 10-1.

Along with Qusineberry, who connected on 6-of-12 from the floor and dished out four assists, sophomore Naz Bohannon scored 11 points and freshman Jelani Simmons added 10 points.

Leading Ohio State was Kaleb Wesson with 31 points and 13 rebounds. C.J. Jackson and Luther Mohammed each had 11 points.

The Penguins, who led for 20:32, started quickly and scored the first nine points of the game on a jumper by Quisenberry, a jumper and a 3-pointer by Bohannon and a jumper by Covington. The Penguins pushed their lead to 12 points, 14-2, after a Buckeye basket and a jumper Quisenberry and a 3-pointer by Simmons at the 13:52 mark of the first half.

Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to get within three, 16-13, at the 8:49 mark.

YSU's lead hovered between three and six points the rest of the half and the Penguins led 25-19 after a jumper by Quiseberry with 43 seconds left.

The Buckeyes made their first 3-pointer of the game - after missing their first 10 - with nine seconds left to trail the Penguins, 25-22, at halftime.

In the second half, the Penguins had no answer for Wesson, who scored 26 of his 31 points after halftime. Ohio State took its first lead of the game, 29-27, on basket by Wesson and outscored YSU 9-2 to 12-2 to start the second half to take a 34-27 lead.

A free throw by Quisenberry and  3-pointer by Bohannon cut the Buckeyes lead to 34-31 at the 14:48 mark, but OSU nine of the next 10 points to push its lead to 11, 43-32, with 12:38 remaining.

Bohannon made his third 3-pointer of the night to trim the deficit to eight, 43-35, but the Penguins would not get any closer.

Youngstown State opens Horizon League play against Detroit Mercy, Friday, Dec. 28. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.