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Cold-shooting YSU falls by 9

Friday, February 18, 2011

Staff report


Detroit went on a big run in the first half and scored 12 of the final 14 points of the game to beat Youngstown State 52-43 on Thursday at Calihan Hall.

Brandi Brown scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Youngstown State, which led 41-40 with 7:26 remaining. No YSU player other than Brown scored in the final 14 minutes.

Detroit shot just 33.3 percent (18 of 54) and committed 10 more turnovers than the Penguins — 15 to 5 — but held a 55-31 edge in rebounding.

Dominique Dixon came off the bench to score 12 points to lead Detroit, and she scored six straight points for the Titans as they started their final push. Britney Murphy also had 11 off the bench, and Yar Shayok grabbed 16 rebounds despite playing in foul trouble most of the night.

YSU shot 25 percent overall (15 of 60) and 26.1 percent from 3-point range (6 of 23).

The Titans went on a 17-2 run over 41/2 minutes in the first half as they turned a nine-point deficit into a 30-25 lead at halftime.

Detroit took its largest lead of the game at 36-27 with 16:54 remaining, but the Titans did not score again for nearly nine minutes as YSU went on a 10-0 run to go up 37-36. Neither team led by more than one until Dixon ended a 121/2-minute field goal drought by the Titans that put them up 44-41 with 4:19 to play.

Dixon stole a pass and hit a layup under Detroit’s basket to put the Titans up 46-41, and Brown hit a jumper on YSU’s next possession to end a 41/2-minute drought with 2:58 remaining. The Penguins did not score again, and Detroit scored the final six points.