Season-Best Shooting Performance Leads YSU to 96-77 Win Over Green Bay

Darius Quisenberry (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Darius Quisenberry (Photo by Robert Hayes)

The Youngstown State men's basketball team turned in its best shooting performance of the year with a season-best .561 field goal percentage en route to a 96-77 win over Green Bay on Saturday at the Beeghly Center.

Five players scored in double figure for the Penguins (10-16, 6-7 Horizon League), who won four-straight Horizon League games for the first time since 2012-13. 

Freshman Darius Quisenberry led the Penguins and tied a career high with 24 points and had seven assists. Sophomore Garrett Covington posted 18 points, including 16 in the first half, while freshman Jelani Simmons, senior Noe Anabir and junior Devin Morgan each added 10 points.

Leading the Phoenix (12-13, 6-6 Horizon League) was ShanQuan Hemphill and Sandy Cohen III with 14 points each.

After missing their first five shots, the Penguins made 21 of their final 27 field-goal attempts in the first half. Youngstown State trailed 8-0 after the first 1:19 of the game and 13-8 at the 13-6 at the 15:37 mark.

Over the next four minutes, the Penguins went on a 12-2 run to take an 18-15 lead with 11:49 left. Anabir made a layup and Morgan hit a pair of 3-pointers to get YSU within one, and Michael Akuchie's steal and dunk gave the Penguins their first advantage of the game, 16-15, a lead they would not relinquish.

A layup by Green Bay's Trevian Bell cut the YSU lead to one, 18-17, but YSU went on 12-3 run to push its lead to 10, 30-20, at the 7:29 mark.

Covington scored seven straight points for the Penguins to extend their lead from 34-27 to 41-29 at the 2:35 mark.

Covington and Quisenberry each hit 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half to give YSU an 18-point 51-33 halftime lead.

The Penguins made six of their first seven shots of the second half to push their lead to game-high 27, 65-38, after 3-pointer by Donel Cathcart III, who had nine points.

Green Bay never got closer than 18 points the rest of the way.

Youngstown State hosts IUPUI on  Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.