YSU overcomes halftime deficit to Wright State


Staff report

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Junior Francisco Santiago scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and led the Youngstown State men’s basketball team to an 80-75 come-from-behind win over Wright State on Saturday at Nutter Center.

Junior Cameron Morse scored 16 points, including 14 in the second half, and seniors Jorden Kaufman and Matt Donlan had 14 and 11 points, respectively for the Penguins (8-9, 2-2 Horizon League).

The Raiders, who fall to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in the league, had five players reach double figures led by Steven Davis’ 19 points and 18 from Justin Mitchell.

The Penguins, who trailed 44-30 at the half, outscored the Raiders 50-31 in the second half and shot 60 percent from the field after halftime.

The Penguins also limited the Raiders to shooting just 32.4 percent in the second half.

Santiago made seven of nine second-half shots and Morse made six of his seven baskets in the second half.

With the victory, the Penguins snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Penguins return home to host Valparaiso, at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

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