YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN)-Sophomore Cameron Morse scored a game-high 23 points and sophomore Francisco Santiagorecorded a career-high 22 points, but the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped a 107-85 decision to Oakland on Thursday evening at the Beeghly Center.
Junior Matt Donlan and freshman Jordan Andrews each scored 11 points for the Penguins, who fall to 9-15 overall and 4-7 in the Horizon League.
Junior Kay Felder led six Oakland players in double figures with 17 points and 14 assists. Max Hooper and Percy Gibson each scored 16 points while Jalen Hayes had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Daniels and Martez Walker each added 10 points.
The Golden Grizzlies won for the fifth straight time to improve to 16-8 overall and 8-3 in the league.
Morse, who scored YSU’s first six points, gave the Penguins an early 6-5 lead, but the Golden Grizzlies used a 21-6 run to take a 14-point, 26-12, at the 12:33 mark.
Oakland led by as many as 24 points in the first half before the Penguins trimmed the deficit to 19, 53-34, at the half.
The Penguins, who shot 46.7 percent for the game, scored 51 points in the second half and connected on 51.3 percent from the field and made 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
Santiago scored 13 of his 22 in the second half and Morse poured in 12 of his 23, including a pair of 3-pointers, after halftime.
The Penguins host Detroit, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:45 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
COURTESY: YSU ATHLETICS