KANSAS CITY, MO.
Senior Kendrick Perry scored a season-high 33 points and the Penguins shot 53.6 percent from the field, but dropped an 88-80 decision to Kansas City on Saturday at the Swinney Recreation Center.
Freshman Marcus Keene scored 13 points off the bench and junior DJ Cole added 10 points with three assists and three steals for the Penguins (7-4). Perry turned in his third 30-point effort of the season and his second in the last three games.
Perry also collected three steals to become the first Youngstown State player to record 200 steals in a career. He has 202.
All five starters for the Roos (2-6) scored in double figures and three player had career-highs. Nelson Kirksley’s career-high 24 points led Kansas City while Martez Harrison’s 18 and Frank Williams’ 18 were both career-highs. Trinity Hall and Fred Chatmon scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Kansas City shot 55.6 percent from the field and owned a 36-24 advantage in rebounding.
The Penguins trailed 44-34 early in the second half, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Perry brought YSU within four, 44-40, at the 18:34 mark.
After the Roos rebuilt their lead back to eight, 49-41, the Penguins went on a 12-4 run to get back within two, 55-53, on a layup by Cole at the 12:49 mark.
Kansas City answered back with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to extend its lead to a game-high 14, 69-55, at the 8:32 mark.
YSU continued to claw itself back into the game and, twice came back within five, 76-71, after a 3-pointer by Kamren Belin, and 78-73 after a layup by Perry with 2:51 to go.
Kirksley, though, followed with a 3-pointer and Hall’s put-back dunk pushed the Roos back to a double-figure lead, 83-73, at the 1:39 mark.
The Penguins fell behind by seven, 19-12, midway through the first half before an 11-0 spurt gave the Guins a 23-19 lead.
Keene and Perry accounted for all 11 points during the Guins’ run. Keene started the surge with a layup and Perry followed with a 3-pointer.