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YSU BASKETBALL Bad day at the Beeghly



Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Wisconsin-Green Bay limited the Penguins' offense and made 60 percent of its 3-pointers.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Parents tell their children there will be days like the one the Youngstown State Penguins endured Saturday.

Some days you just can't win.

The Penguins (4-17, 2-9 Horizon League) were out-shot, out-rebounded and out-run in a 78-49 loss to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at the Beeghly Center.

The Phoenix (16-6, 9-3) had six players in double figures, led by Matt Rodhe's 19. The senior guard was 5-of-5 from three-point range and 7-of-8 from the floor overall.

Just two Penguins reached double digits, with Brian Radakovich's 14 points leading the way. Quin Humphrey had 13 for YSU.

Shooting differences

UW-Green Bay shot 45.4 percent as a team and was 60 percent from beyond the arc. YSU managed just 32.8 percent from the floor, hitting 3-of-15 from long distance.

"After the last game [a win over Detroit] we had a lot of confidence, came out and played well early ... but we ran out of steam," Radakovich said of his team playing its second game in 38 hours.

"They run a lot, and their transition game is excellent. They've got guards who can find the open man, and they were just running up and down, and I think we eventually got tired at the end."

After staring the game with a 7-0 run, YSU was outscored 30-14, and coach John Robic said the team abandoned what had worked early.

Youngstown went 5:15 without scoring late in the first half. Had Humphrey not hit a jumper with three seconds remaining, it could have been worse than the nine-point (30-21) gap at the break.

Went outside

The Penguins went 1-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half, after getting 10 points from Radakovich inside in the early going.

"I thought we took too many 3-point shots in the first half when we were having such great success in the post to start the game," Robic said. "And then I think we panicked a little bit and rushed shots.

"We took too many quick shots, and that's something we've preached. It's one thing to preach it, but it's harder to corral them once it starts to get out of hand."

After his early success inside, Radakovich jammed a finger when UW-Green Bay's Josh Lawrence slapped the ball away. The Phoenix switched defenses on the senior post player, and he was held to four points the rest of the way.

"They were fronting me, and when I did get the ball they were running guys at me," Radakovich said. "When I kicked it back out, we couldn't get anything to fall."

Youngstown State cut the lead to seven and had the ball at 37-30 with 14:25 to play, but seven straight Phoenix points, including five from Benito Flores, created a cushion and Green Bay ran away down the stretch.

UW-Green Bay outscored the Penguins 21-2 on the break and flew up and down the court all game long.

"Our No. 1 priority of the game was transition basketball," Robic said. "It was the same thing at Green Bay. Until it got late in the game when it was over, I don't think they scored on a set play, everything was out of transition.

"Give them credit. That's a good team. We ran into a buzz saw today."

YSU now faces two road games this week, playing at Illinois-Chicago Thursday and at Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday.




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