GREEN BAY, WI (WYTV)-Four players scored in double figures led by junior Bobby Hain’s 16 points, but the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped an 82-67 decision to Green Bay on Sunday evening at the Resch Center.
The Penguins fall to 9-10 overall and 0-4 in the Horizon League while the Phoenix improve to 14-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Sophomore Marcus Keene scored 14 points while freshmanCameron Morse scored a career-high 12 points.
Sophomore Osandai Vaughn also reached double figures for the fourth time in the last five games with 10 points.
Green Bay was led by Keifer Sykes with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Greg Mays posted 23 points while Carrington Love added 14 points.
The Penguins trailed by as many as eight in the first half on three different occasions, and by seven, 23-16, with 8:32 left before halftime.
A 3-pointer by Shaun Stewart cut the lead to four, and, after a pair of free throws by Sykes, a jumper by Hain and a highlight-reel three-point play by Sidney Umude got the Penguins within one, 25-24.
Vaughn capped a Penguins’ 16-6 run with a 3-pointer and tied the game at 29-29 with 2:09.
The Phoenix, though, scored the final five points of the first half to take a 34-29 lead into the lockerroom.
Green Bay scored the first four points of the second half to push its lead to nine before a 3-pointer by Keene and a jumper by Hain cut the deficit to four, 38-34, with 17:47 remaining.
The Phoenix would score 13 straight points over the next three minutes to extend their lead to 17, 51-34.
The Penguins shot 40.7 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
Youngstown State visits Milwaukee, Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 8:30 p.m.