The Penguins were outlasted by Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, 65-63.
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team came within a step of snapping its long road losing streak here Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't to be.
The Penguins suffered a 65-63 loss to Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, extending the streak to 25 straight regular season losses and 27 overall dating back to 2001.
YSU was denied a chance to take the game to overtime in the final second of play when junior TeJay Anderson scored what appeared to be the game-tying basket, but instead was called for traveling on the play with .4 seconds remaining and ending the Penguins hopes.
"That was a huge loss and I definitely felt we were cheated on the final play," said YSU coach John Robic. "It definitely was not traveling and at the worst it should have been a foul called against Fort Wayne.
"I was disappointed at our effort level tonight, but we'll go back tomorrow and get the ship righted again," Robic said.
"I know that we'll have to play a heck of a lot harder next week against Cleveland State," he added. "Good teams don't have these letdowns."
Last road win
The last time the Penguins won on the road was Feb. 17, 2001, when they defeated UMKC 75-69 in their final regular season road game during the Mid-Continent Conference season.
The Penguins lost all 15 road games a year ago and are 0-10 this season. They have also lost two post-season tournament games during that span.
The Penguins (8-13) rallied twice from deficits of nine and eight points.
YSU trailed 42-33 with just under 17 minutes remaining and were still behind by eight points (49-41) with 12 minutes to go. The Penguins came back to within one point, 49-48, with just under 10 minutes to play and were within one at 54-53 with six minutes remaining.
But they never could get ahead of the Mastodons (6-18).
YSU gets close
YSU trailed 61-60 with a minute to play on a Doug Underwood basket, but IPFW's Terry Collins countered with a shot with 25 seconds remaining for a 63-60 lead. Anderson made one of two free throws with 15.1 seconds remaining, but Jim Kessenich added two free throws with 12.2 to go, to put the Mastodons ahead 65-61.
Senior Marlon Willliamson drove the court to score with 7.3 seconds remaining and then he fouled Ric Wyand with 6.1 seconds remaining. It was Williamson's fifth foul of the game.
Wyand missed the front end of the one-on-one and the Penguins rebounded and got the ball to a fast-breaking Anderson who appeared to have scored only to have it nullified by the officials.
Junior Adam Baumann had his second straight double-double to lead the Penguins with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He also played most of the second half with four personal fouls. Anderson finished with 11 points and Underwood had 10.
Kessenich, the 6-10 sophomore center, led IPFW with 19 points, including three 3-point goals and nine rebounds.
The Penguins shot 39 percent from the field (22 of 56), but were just 3-for-12 on 3-pointers. YSU was 16-for-17 at the foul line, and out-rebounded the Mastodons, 39-32.
The Penguins travel to Cleveland State Thursday at 7 p.m. in a Horizon League game.