Kent State spoils Calhoun’s YSU debut
Morse, Hartfield combine
for 33 points to lead Penguins
By Brian Dzenis
Jerrod Calhoun’s debut as Youngstown State’s basketball coach was promising for about 19 minutes against Kent State. Then last year’s NCAA tournament participant blew the doors off the Penguins, 111-78, to spoil the East Liverpool native’s first game.
Playing in Akron as part of a Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader at James A. Rhodes Arena, the two sides remained neck and neck for most of the first half until the Golden Flashes went on a 7-0 run late. KSU opened the second half on a 10-2 run to build a double-digit lead. That lead ballooned to 20 points as the Flashes shot 71 percent in the second half. They did this while barely attempting any 3-point shots.
YSU’s bigs struggled with fouls and the Flashes’ size. Starters Tyree Robinson and Naz Bohanon picked up fouls early and so did replacements Devin Haygood and Michael Akuchie.
KSU’s big men had a great night. The 7-foot Adonis De La Rosa had a field day with players like the 6-foot-5 Robinson guarding him, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and a block. Danny Pippen had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks. KSU outrebounded YSU, 56-41.
The Flashes’ guards also played well. Jaylin Walker was the “home” side’s leading scorer with 20 points. Jalen Avery added 14.
Cam Morse led YSU with 19 points, four assists and three rebounds. Braun Hartfield had 14 points and Robinson had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Penguins host Division III Franciscan on Tuesday at Beeghly Center.