Santiago helps YSU men defeat Oberlin
Junior Francisco Santiago posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists and four others reached double figures as the Youngstown State men’s basketball team defeated Oberlin, 87-72, on Saturday night at Beeghly Center.
Senior Matt Donlan scored 16 points and made three 3-pointers while junior Rahim Williams scored 14 points and sophomores Latin Davis and Devin Haygood each had 10 to lead the Penguins.
Youngstown State, who has won four of its last five games, improves to 5-4 overall while the Yeomen fall to 1-5.
Leading by just two, 43-41, at the intermission thanks in part to 11 3-pointers by Oberlin, the Penguins pushed its lead to 17 points after a 21-6 run to open the second half.
Donlan hit a pair of 3s and jumpers by Santiago and Donlan, a 3-pointer by Williams and another jumper by Santiago gave the Penguins a 64-47 lead with 11:39 left.
Youngstown State pushed its lead to as many as 21 points, 75-54, with 7:09 to go and the Yeomen would not get any closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
In the first half, the Penguins and Yeoman fought a tightly-contested game before the Penguins, who never trailed, extended its lead to 10 points, 38-28, with 3:37 left. Oberlin, though, made three of its 11 first-half 3s in the final three minutes of the half to cut the Penguins lead down to two.
The game was also tied twice at 2-2 and 19-19 at the 10:54 mark.
The Penguins shot 50.8 percent from the field and has 23 assists on 33 made field goals.
Leading Oberlin was Nathan Cohen with 12 points, Eli Silverman-Lloyd and Scott Miller with 11 and Jack Poyle with 10. For the game, the Yeomen made 16 3-pointers but shot just 38.6 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range.
Youngstown State visits Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Breslin Center. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPNU.