Men's Basketball Falls to Pitt, 69-53

Kendale Hampton
Kendale Hampton

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Junior Kendale Hampton scored a team-high 15 points and made four 3-pointers as the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 69-53 decision to Pittsburgh on Tueday night at the Petersen Events Center.

The Penguins fall to 0-1 while the Panthers begin the season 1-0.

Youngstown State could never find its rhythm from the perimeter connecting on just 8-of-38 3-point attempts and shooting just 26.9 percent from the floor.

Sophomore Naz Bohannon grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and sophomore Michael Akuchie scored nine points.

Pittsburgh had four players reach double figures led by Trey McGowens' 17 points.

YSU collected 21 offensive rebounds but posted just 25 second-chance points.

The Penguins trailed 27-24 at halftime after trailing by as many as nine points in the first half. YSU trailed 27-21 before a Bohannon free throw and 3-pointer by freshman Darius Quisenberry cut the deficit to three at the break. To start the second half, Quisenberry drained a 3-pointer just 17 seconds into the frame to tie the contest at 27. The Panthers, however, scored the next 12 points to take control of the game.

In the second half, the Guins kept battling and pulled within 45-36 at the 10-minute mark following a Devin Morgan 3-pointer. Pitt went on an 8-2 run to extend its lead to 53-38 with 8:14 left in the contest.

For the game, Pittsburgh shot 49.1 percent making 27-of-55 field-goal attempts while YSU made 18-of-67 shots from the field. YSU's bench was productive scoring 32 of the Penguins; 53 points.

Youngstown State takes on Akron, Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Fourth Annual Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.