Mount Pleasant, Mich. -- Senior Donel Cathcart III scored a team-high 18 points and the Penguins made a season-high 10 3-pointers, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped an 88-72 decision to Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Arena.
The Penguins fall to 4-4 on the year while the Chippewas improve to 6-2.
Central Michigan, who made nine 3-pointers in the first half, led by as many as 19 points early second half and held an 62-43 advantage with 12:42 left in the game. The Penguins, who shot 50 percent from the field in the second half, went on a 10-0 run sparked by 3-pointers by senior Devin Morgan and Akuchie and baskets by sophomores Jelani Simmons and Darius Quisenberry to get within nine, 62-53, at the 10:14 mark.
After a three-point play by CMU's Rob Montgomery boosted the lead back to 12, 65-53, baskets by Akuchie and Quisenberry and another by Akuchie cut the Chippewas lead down six, 65-59, with 7:20 left.
The Chippewas went on a 10-0 run to extend their lead back to 16 points and the Penguins never got closer than 10 points.
In the first half, Central Michigan caught fire from 3-point range making nine 3-pointers from seven different players and shot 47.4 percent from beyond the arc.
The Penguins jumped out to a 7-5 lead, CMU went on a 15-2 run to take a 20-9 advantage at the 13:17 mark. YSU scored 10 of the next 15 points to get within six, 25-19, but the Chippewas outscored the Penguins 13-4 to extend the lead to 15, 38-23, with 6:59 left. Central Michigan led by 16, 48-32, at halftime.
Youngstown State returns home to host Robert Morris, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Beeghly Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.