COLLEGE BASKETBALL YSU's season ends on losing note, 76-61
The Penguins lost to Loyola in the Horizon League tourney to end the season with a 7-21 record.
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CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday night, losing 76-61 to Loyola in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament at the Gentile Center.
The Penguins finished with a 7-21 record, marking the fifth straight season the team has lost 20 or more games.
Loyola (18-10), which won two of three games against the Penguins this season -- both wins came in the last four days -- moved into the tournament's quarterfinal round to meet Detroit Friday night in Milwaukee, Wis.
"We haven't put together 40 minutes of basketball in our last seven or eight games and this was just another example," said Slocum. "We've had our ups and downs this season, but we have made some progress.
"Again we came back and had the lead down to nine points twice, but then we let some uncontested shots go. You are not going to win on the road playing like that," Slocum said.
"Obviously we are disappointed with the season, but the kids worked hard all year long and they represented the university very well."
Humphrey scores 22
YSU junior guard Quin Humphrey, who was the league's regular season scoring and rebounding titles and was named Monday to the all-league first team, again paced the Penguins with 22 points while adding six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Senior Domonique Crawford, playing in his final game, added 17 points, while senior Derrick Harris added 10.
Loyola's Blake Schilb, who lost the league scoring title to Humphrey by two points, led the Ramblers with 23 points, while Chris Logan added 18.
YSU shot very poorly in the first half, making just 7-of-24 attempts for 29.2 percent, but picked it up in the second half, hitting 16-of-35 for 45 percent and 39 percent for the game. YSU was outrebounded, 33-25.
The Penguins never led after the 12-minute mark in the first half. Crawford gave YSU the lead at 6-4, but the Ramblers, on a Logan basket, regained it for good, 9-8 at the 12:40 mark.
YSU lags at the half
The Penguins stayed with the Ramblers, trailing just 19-15 with 6:40 remaining in the half, but Loyola outscored the Penguins 13-2 to take a 32-17 lead at the intermission.
Humphrey, who had only three points in the first half, caught fire in the second half and kept the Penguins within reach.
Trailing 61-46 with 7:44 remaining, the Penguins went on an 8-2 run, with five of those points coming from Humphrey, to cut the Loyola lead to nine points, 63-54.
But the Ramblers answered with a 6-0 run and in the final two minutes Schilb took over, scoring eight of the team's final 13 points.
It marked the second straight year that the Ramblers eliminated the Penguins in the Horizon tournament. Last year Loyola won, 78-75, also at the Gentile Center.