Penguins home struggles continue, fall to Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Akeem Springs led the Panthers with 33 points as they knocked off Youngstown State on the road Thursday night.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN)-Sophomore Cameron Morse scored a team-high 18 points  and sophomore Francisco Santiago added 17 points with eight rebounds, but the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped an 81-65 decision to Milwaukee on Thursday evening at the Beeghly Center.

Morse connected on 7-of-14 from the field while Santiago was 6-of-9 and made all three of his 3-point attempts.

The Penguins fall to 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the Horizon League while the Panthers improve to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Leading Milwaukee was Akeem Springs with 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting and Austin Arians with 14 points with four 3-pointers. JayQuan McCloud added 13 points for the Panthers, who made 13 3-pointers.

The Penguins scored the first five points of the game before the Panthers used s 14-3 run to take a 14-8 lead with 13:10 to go in the first half.

McCloud hit a 3-pointer to extend the Panthers’ lead to 19-11 before a jumper by Morse, a free throw bySidney Umude and a jumper by Matt Donlan got the Penguins within three, 19-16, with 9:02 remaining.

Over the next five minutes, Milwaukee went on a 20-2 run to take a 21-point lead, 39-18 with four minutes left before halftime.

The Penguins closed the gap to 13, 41-28, on a Santiago 3-pointer with 1:15 left, but Milwaukee scored the next four points to take a 45-28 lead into the lockerroom.

Milwaukee led by as many as 27, 67-40, midway through the second half and the Penguins cut the deficit to 13, 74-61, after pair of free throws by Latin Davis with 1:14 left.

The Penguins shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half compared to 33.3 percent in the first half.

Youngstown State hosts Green Bay, Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:05 p.m.

COURTESY: YSU SPORTS INFORMATION

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s