YSU is unable to catch Raiders
The Penguins were outlasted by Wright State, 64-60, at home in a Horizon League game.
By PETE MOLLICA
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
YOUNGSTOWN -- The four-game homestand that the Youngstown State men's basketball team anxiously has been awaiting didn't start off on the right foot Thursday night.
Once again, the Penguins were competitive enough against Wright State, but they couldn't pull out another Horizon League victory, falling to the Raiders 64-60 before 2,677 at Beeghly Center.
"This is the conference and everybody knows what everybody else is going to do," YSU coach Jerry Slocum said. "We did not do a good job in our last game at Detroit and we did not do a good job tonight.
"We played hard and that's why we were competitive, but we did not execute when the game mattered," Slocum said.
YSU (5-10, 2-3 Horizon) never led in the game after intermission. They were never out of the game either, but could never catch the Raiders (8-6, 4-0 Horizon).
"Every conference game is going to come down to six or seven possessions and that's where we have to make it count, tonight we didn't," Slocum said.
Roberts pops 28 points
Junior guard Keston Roberts led the YSU attack with a career-high 28 point performance.
Junior Quin Humphrey finished in double-figures for the 15th straight time this season and completed his sixth double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Humphrey had to work to keep his streak intact as he scored just three points in the first half and had only nine going into the final five minutes .
YSU, which shot 46 percent in the first half, made just 31.8 percent in the second and finished with a 39.6 average making 19 of 48 shots and were 7 of 23 from 3-point range.
YSU outrebounded the Raiders 32-26 behind Humphrey's 10 and he also had five assists.
The first half was a real battle with four ties and nine lead changes.
YSU jumped out to a 15-9 advantage behind Roberts who scored 10 of the first 15 points.
Raiders spurt to lead
Wright State came back with a 10-0 run to take a 22-19 lead with 7:31, and the teams were never more than three points apart the rest of the way with the Raiders holding a 35-33 halftime lead.
The Raiders opened the second half with a 9-4 run and pulled ahead 44-37, but the Penguins would never let them break the game open.
YSU trailed 51-48 with 7:22 remaining on Roberts' 3-point goal, but then didn't score another field goal until 42.3 seconds remained, but still only trailed by four points 60-56.
Down the stretch, the Raiders connected on six of eight free throws to pull ahead 64-56, but Humphrey scored the final four points for the Penguins to set the final score.
The Raiders put five players in double figures led by Drew Burleson with 15, while DeShawn Wood added 12 as the Raiders shot 48.9 percent for the game.
The Penguins will play the second game of the four-game homestand on Saturday when they play host to Cleveland State in a 7:35 tip-off at Beeghly.
The YSU women will take on UW-Green Bay in the opening game at 5:15 p.m.