YSU drops fourth straight

Youngstown State senior guard Kendrick Perry became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the Division I era, but the Penguins never got going offensively in a 71-40 loss to Green Bay on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins (13-13, 4-7 Horizon League) shot 31.9 percent and was held to nine points over the final 16 minutes after trimming a 20-point deficit down to 12. Green Bay blocked seven shots on the interior, and Youngstown State was 3-for-16 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Green Bay (20-5, 10-2 HL) shot 54.5 percent and got a game-high 24 points and three blocks from Alec Brown. Keifer Sykes scored 14 points, six below his average, but added nine rebounds and five assists.

Perry’s record-breaking points tied the score at 2-2, and the Penguins held leads of 4-2 and 6-4 in the first four minutes. After Shawn Amiker’s bucket at the 16:07 mark, YSU went more than three minutes without a field goal as Green Bay went on a 10-1 run to go up 14-7.

Belin hit a 3-pointer at the 10:53 mark to get YSU within 16-12, but Green Bay scored the next six points as part of a 21-6 run over the next eight-and-a-half minutes. Sykes’s tip-in at the 8:48 mark put the Phoenix up by double digits for the first time, and the lead grew to 37-18 on a Brown 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining.

The Phoenix started 7-of-11 shooting and outshot the Penguins 53.1 percent to 34.6 percent in the first half. They also held a 22-8 edge in the paint in the first half and extended that to 38-18 for the game.

Brown scored the first four points of the second half as Green Bay extended its lead to 43-23, but Bobby Hain and D.J. Cole both had four points during an 8-0 YSU run to cut the deficit to 12. Phoenix head coach Brian Wardle called timeout as the Penguins started to seize the momentum, and Green Bay held YSU to one field goal over the next 9:37 as it pulled away. The Phoenix outscored the Penguins 28-9 over the final 16 minutes.

Hain led the Penguins with 11 points and five rebounds, and Perry finished with 10 points and two steals. He now has 1,831 points in his career, surpassing Reggie Kemp’s total of 1,821 points from 1988-93. The senior guard also tied the Horizon League record for career steals at 237.

Green Bay’s seven blocks allowed it to break YSU’s Horizon League record for blocks in a season, which was 182.

Youngstown State will remain home to face UIC on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.


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