Morse is 12th to surpass 1,500 points
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Senior Cameron Morse scored a game-high 24 points and became the 12th player in school history to reach 1,500 career points in the Youngstown State men’s basketball team’s 71-64 loss to Southern Miss on Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon.
Morse connected on 7-of-15 from the field, including going 5-of-11 from 3-point range. Junior Tyree Robinson just missed his second straight double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Leading Southern Miss (3-2) was Cortez Edwards with 18 points while Tyree Griffin and Kevin Holland each scored 17 points.
The Penguins (2-4) were plagued by 12 first-half miscues that led to 13 Southern Miss points.
YSU led for the most of the first half keyed by Morse’s 13 first-half points. YSU led by as many as six points and held a four-point lead, 23-19, after a Morse jumper at the 7:10 mark.
The Eagles went on a 13-4 run over the next six minutes and held the Penguins to just two made field goals the rest of the half. Naz Bohannon’s layup with 32 seconds left cut the Penguins’ deficit to three, 32-29, at the intermission.
Youngstown State knotted the game at 34-34 and 45-45 before the Eagles hit three straight 3-pointers to take a 54-45 lead with 10:56 left. The Penguins answered with a 9-0 run of their own after two layups from Braun Hartfield and 3-pointer by Morse and another layup by Hartfield at the 7:53 mark.
Youngstown State closes out the Sanford Pentagon Showcase against South Dakota today at 3 p.m.