YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown State men’s basketball couldn’t find the mark in the second half as Wright State overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Penguins 70-61 on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.
The Penguins fall to 9-9 overall and 0-3 in the Horizon League while Wright State improves to 10-7 and 2-1.
Youngstown State took a 38-27 lead early in the second half after a Shawn Amiker basket and after Marcus Keene’s baseline jumper with 16:45 left in the game held a 40-31 advantage.
However, the Penguins went the next 9:36 without a field goal following Keene’s basket as WSU turned a nine-point deficit into a 10-point lead thanks in part to its 24-5 run.
In the second half, the Raiders outscored the Penguins 45-27. WSU made 13-of-18 attempts from the field in the stanza, an impressive 72.2 percent. On the other hand, YSU was 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) and made its final three shots of the game, all 3-pointers.
Keene finished the game with 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Shaun Stewart added 13 and DJ Cole finished with 11 points giving YSU three players in double figures for the game.
JT Yoho led the Raiders with 19 points as four players finished in double figures.
In the first half, the Guins played outstanding.
YSU built a 24-12 advantage at the 8:00 mark of the first half thanks to a 12-0 run.
With the contest tied at 12 at the 12:41 mark, Keene started the run by scoring four consecutive points. Stewart knocked down a 3-pointer and just under two minutes later Keene drained a triple. Larry Johnson made two free throws at the eight-minute mark to push the advantage out to 12.
Wright State did not score from the 12:41 mark to the 6:31 mark when Kendall Griffin ended the drought with a 3-pointer.
YSU eventually led 34-25 at halftime after the Raiders had trimmed the deficit to 28-23 with just under two minutes left.
In the first half, Keene made six of the Penguins’ 12 field goals on attempts. He had 13 of the 34 points. Bobby Hain had five assists to lead the offensive effort.
For the half, YSU shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29) while Wright State made 11-of-25 attempts from the field (44 percent). The Guins had a 21-14 rebounding edge and made six free throws to WSU’s one.
The early going featured three ties and three lead changes before the Guins scored their 12 consecutive points.
The Penguins venture back out on the road when they visit Green Bay on Sunday. Tipoff at the Resch Center is set for 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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