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Donlan’s 3-pointer helps YSU rally past RMU

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Staff report

Moon Township, Pa.

Youngstown State senior Matt Donlan capped a career night with a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left as the Penguins completed a 75-74 come-from-behind victory over Robert Morris on Wednesday at the Charles L. Sewell Center.

Donlan hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and led the Penguins (4-4) with 21 points.

Junior Francisco Santiago scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and dished out six assists.

Trailing 74-70 with 33 seconds left, Santiago hit a pair of free throws to get YSU within two, and freshman Braun Hartfield stole the inbounds pass to set up Donlan’s game-winning shot.

The game featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties, including 13 lead changes in the second half.

The Penguins trailed by as many as five early in the second half, but senior Brett Frantz made three free throws and a 3-pointer and Jorden Kaufman hit a layup to give the Penguins a 3-point lead, 41-38, with 16:03 remaining.

YSU used an 8-2 run late in second half to push its lead to five, 64-59, with 5:51 left after a layup by Devin Haygood.

But RMU (2-6) scored seven of the next nine points to tie the game at 66 at the 3:53 mark and took a 69-67 lead after a 3-pointer by Isaiah Still.

Santiago answered with a 3-pointer for a 70-69 YSU lead with 2:41 to go. A pair of layups by Dachon Burke and free throw by Aaron Tate gave the Colonials a 74-70 edge with 47 seconds remaining.

The Penguins shot 56 percent from the field in the second half and made 10 3-pointers for the game.

Haygood finished with nine points and team-high seven rebounds.

Kavon Stewart led RMU with 21 points and Burke added 15.

YSU hosts Oberlin on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.