Six Reach Double Figures in 101-53 Win Over Thiel

Michael Akuchie (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Michael Akuchie (Photo by Robert Hayes)

Six players scored in double figures as the Youngstown State men's basketball team defeated Thiel, 101-53, on Tuesday evening at the Beeghly Center.

Leading the Penguins (1-0) was sophomore Darius Quisenberry with 16 points and six assists. Junior Jamir Thomas and senior Donel Cathcart III each scored 13 points while juniors Michael Akuchie, Naz Bohannon and Garrett Covington each recorded 11 points. Thomas and Bohannon led the team with eight rebounds.

Daquan Simmons and Nyric Gosley led the Tomcats with 12 points apiece.

Youngstown State, which never trailed, built an early 10-point lead, 18-8, within the first five minutes of the game. By the midway mark of the first half, the Penguins extended their lead to 18, 31-13, and pushed their advantage to 21, 36-15, with 7:19 to go. YSU led by as many as 27, 51-24, in the first half before the Tomcats scored the final four points of the half to cut the lead to 51-28 at halftime.

The Penguins shot 52.6 percent from the field for the game and 56.4 percent (22-of-39) in the first half. 

YSU was dominant in the paint outscoring the Tomcats, 56-12, and turned 24 Thiel turnovers into 34 points. The Penguins also made the most of their opportuninties in transition scoring 24 points.

The last time six players scored in double figures in a game against Heidelberg on Nov. 12, 2018. YSU last scored 100 points in a contest against Westminster on Nov. 21, 2018.

Youngstown State visits No. 5 Louisville, Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in the KFC YUM! Center.