Amiker nets career high in YSU’s loss

Detroit, Mich. – Junior Shawn Amiker scored a career-high 25 points and hit a 3-pointer to force overtime, but the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped an 83-81 overtime decision to Detroit on Sunday afternoon at Calihan Hall.

Amiker connected on 9-of-12 from the floor and made 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Senior Kendrick Perry scored 22 points with seven rebounds and seven assists, and tied the Youngstown State Division I scoring record with 1,821 career points.

Senior Kamren Belin and junior DJ Cole each had 13 points and Cole also dished out seven assists for the Penguins, who fall to 13-12 overall and 4-6 in the Horizon League.

Juwan Howard, Jr., led Detroit (12-14, 5-6 HL) with 24 points while Evan Bruinsma had 19 points and Jarod Williams added 14 points.

Trailing by five, 69-64, after a Williams’ jumper at the 1:48 mark, Perry drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it a two-point contest, 69-67, with 1:31 left.

Howard made a pair of free throws and Amiker split his to keep it a one-possession game, 71-68. Bruinsma was called for an offensive foul and, on the ensuing possession, Cole found Amiker alone in the left corner for the game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left.

Williams’ jumper and Bruinsma’s last-second putback attempt were no good.

In the overtime, Cole gave the Penguins, who trailed by 10 at halftime, a three-point lead, 74-71, with his third 3-pointer of the game.

The Titans outscored the Penguins, 9-4, to take an 80-78 lead with just over a minute left on two free throws by Bruinsma.

Perry made two charity tosses to tie the game at 80, but Howard hit a jumper with 18 second left to put the Titans up 82-80.

Perry and Detroit’s Patrick Onwenu each split a pair of free throws to keep the two-point Detroit advantage, 83-81, with eight seconds left.

Perry took a contested 3-pointer with three seconds left, and Belin’s game-tying putback attempt with under a second remaining rimmed out.

In the first half, Detroit made six 3-pointers and connected on 46.4 percent from the floor to take a 10-point lead into the lockeroom at halftime.

Cole split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 22-22 with six minutes left. Detroit outscored the Penguins 18-8 the rest of the half, and the Guins made just one field goal during that span.

The Penguins, who shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half, fell behind 11-4, but scored the next nine points to take a 13-11 lead after a Perry layup at the 13:19 mark.

Belin gave the Penguins a 3-point lead, 19-16, with a 3-pointer midway through the half, and Amiker’s layup with 6:39 left gave the Penguins a 21-20 lead, their last lead until 1:59 left in overtime.

The Penguins return home to host Horizon League leader Green Bay, Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.

Courtesy: YSU Sports Information


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