Youngstown State senior Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 35 points and Ryan Weber had a clutch five points late in overtime to lift the Penguins to a big 88-83 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.
Perrry was 11-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-9 from behind the 3-point line and made 8-of-13 from the free-throw line. His previous career-best scoring performance was 34 against North Dakota State in December 2012. He also had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.
He scored six points in overtime, but Weber knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:54 left and followed with a hanging 10 footer with 1:05 remaining that gave the Guins the lead for good at 84-83.
Following Weber’s second basket, UWM’s Kyle Kelm couldn’t connect and Perry grabbed the board. With 19.6 seconds left, Perry converted both free throws to extend the lead to 86-83. Kelm again misfired, this time from behind the 3-point line with 14 seconds left and Cole grabbed the board and was fouled. He split the pair at 11.9 and on the ensuing possession, UWM turned the ball over. Cole again made one free throw with 5.9 seconds left for the final outcome.
YSU had four players finish in double figures with Perry’s 35, Kamren Belin and Bobby Hain each had 14 and Cole finished with 11 to go with nine assists.
The win improves the Penguins to 15-13 overall and 6-7 in the Horizon League while Milwaukee is now 16-11 and 6-7.
YSU shot 53.3 percent for the contest making 32-of-60 shots and went 17-of-28 in the second half and overtime. Milwaukee shot 46.6 percent converting 27-of-58 attempts. Austin Arians had 28 points to lead the Panthers.
The Penguins trailed 59-49 midway through the second half when Perry led the Penguins on a 13-0 run by scoring 10 points to take a 62-59 lead with 6:33 remaining.
After a Cole layup began the run, Perry scored 10 straight to key the Penguins surge.
The Panthers tied the game up twice more over the two minutes, and after the Penguins pushed the lead back to 72-68 on a Perry jumper.
Milwaukee’s Steve McWhorter drilled a 3-pointer with 52.4 seconds left to tie the game at 74 after Austin Arians made a triple to make the game 72-71.
Both teams had last-minute chances to win, but turnovers stopped would-be go-ahead chances and sent the game to overtime.
The Penguins and Panthers fought through six-lead changes and eight ties during the first 20 minutes and neither team led by more than five points.
Milaukee’s largest lead was four, 8-4, at the 17:44 mark. The Penguins used a 7-0 run in the later part of the have to take a 30-25 lead with 5:18 to go. Down two, Perry drained a 3-pointer and Belin and Hain each added layups for the Penguins’ largest first-half advantage.
The Panthers scored seven of the next nine points to knot the game at 32-32 with 2:47 left. After a Belin jumper gave the Penguins a 34-32 edge, UWM scored four straight to close out the half with a 36-34 halftime lead.
The Penguins and Panthers both got off to hot starts going a combined 16-of-25 in the first nine minutes of the game. Youngstown State connected on nine of its first 13 field-goal attempts, while Milwaukee went 7-of-12 from the floor.
Both teams cooled off as the Penguins finished the first half shooting 46.9 percent (15-of-32) and Milwaukee ended at a 48.3 clip (14-of-29).
Perry went 4-of-6 with three 3-pointers for all 11 of his first-half points in the game’s first 12 minutes.
The Penguins visit Valparaiso, Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in a Horizon League Regional Television Network game and 570 WKBN.
Courtesy: YSU Sports Information