Detroit shooters too hot for YSU
The Titans shot 69 percent from the field and defeated the Penguins, 82-71.
DETROIT — The Youngstown State men’s basketball team rallied from two second-half double-digit deficits but could not overcome a hot-shooting Detroit squad and dropped its Horizon League opener, 82-71, on Thursday.
Senior DeAndre Mays led the Penguins (3-4, 0-1 Horizon) with 16 points and five assists while senior Sirlester Martin and junior Vytas Sulskis each added 14 points. Junior Dan Boudler, who made his first career start, scored a season-high nine points.
Detroit (5-2, 1-0) shot an impressive 67.4 percent from the floor (29 of 43) for the game, including 69.6 percent in the first half and 65 percent in the second.
With just under five minutes remaining, the Penguins trailed by 14 points, 70-56, after a 3-point play by Detroit’s Eugene Blue and a 3-pointer by Chase Simon.
Two free throws by Sulskis, a steal and layup by Mays and a three-point play by Boudler cut the Detroit lead to seven, 70-63, with 3:05 remaining.
Detroit pushed its lead back to nine but Mays buried two free throws, collected another steal and his layup brought the Penguins within five, 72-67, at the 2:18 mark.
After two free throws by Detroit’s Woody Payne cushioned the lead to seven with 1:07 left, Sulskis made two free throws for the Penguins to get back within five, 74-69, with 57 seconds left, but YSU could not get any closer.
The Penguins, who trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, faced 39-28 halftime deficit, but started the second half quickly chipping the Titans’ lead down to six points, 42-36, after layups by Boudler and Sulskis at the 17:08 mark.
Detroit clung to a seven-point advantage, 44-37, at with 14:54 left but Mays and junior Tom Parks each nailed 3-pointers to cut the deficit to three, 47-44, with 13:05 to go.
Over the next 81‚Ñ2 minutes, though, Detroit would extend its lead to 14 points, 70-56, with 4:48 left in the game.
In the first half, the Titans shot made 16 of 23 shots and scored 26 points in the paint en route to its 39-28 halftime lead.
Martin scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half.