Perry lifts YSU past UIC

Staff report


Kendrick Perry scored 23 points Tuesday and Youngstown State beat Illinois-Chicago 75-62 for it first Horizon League win of the season.

The lead changed hands 13 times before Kamren Belin hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Youngstown State (10-8, 1-2) a 37-36 halftime lead.

The Penguins rocketed ahead on a 16-2 second-half run in which Ryan Weber scored back-to-back treys.

The Flames (5-11, 0-2) went cold until Jay Parker made two layups, sparking a 10-2 run, drawing to within seven with 4:31 to play. But Belin again hit consecutive treys and the Penguins pulled ahead for the win.

The Penguins shot 58.3 percent from the field (28 of 48) to 38.2 percent for the Flames (21 of 55).

Belin finished with 15, Bobby Hain and DJ Cole each had 12, and Perry made seven assists and five steals.

It was the ninth time this season that Perry scored at least 20 points and the 29th time in his career.

Kelsey Barlow led the Flames with 17 and Marc Brown added 11.

UIC has lost five straight games and seven of its last eight.

It was the first Horizon League win for the Penguins, who dropped a pair of games in Wisconsin last week, falling to Milwaukee (82-76) in Thursday’s league opener, then losing to Green Bay (85-69) on Saturday.

It was also the Penguins’ first win over the Flames since 2012, snapping a three-game losing streak. YSU had not won in Chicago since 2009.

“Great team road win,” Perry tweeted afterward. “Was a must win and we all came thru. Big s/o [shoutout] to the big Chojnacki!!! Lol now finally headed back to Youngstown.”

Josh Chojnacki had four points in 15 minutes off the bench for the Penguins — the only points supplied by the Penguins’ reserves.

YSU has started the Horizon League slate on the road for the last five years but now returns home for the next four games, beginning Monday against Cleveland State.

The Penguins have just five more road games the rest of the way, with the other eight at Beeghly Center.

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