Grizzlies hand YSU first Horizon League loss

Grizzlies hand YSU first Horizon League loss

From staff and wire reports


Kendrick Nunn scored 26 points with six 3-pointers and Jalen Hayes scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and Oakland beat Youngstown State 95-82 on Wednesday night in Horizon League men’s basketball action at the O’rena.

The Penguins had their three-game winning streak snapped with their first loss in 2018.

Oakland started with an 11-3 run before the Penguins closed to 15-12. Hayes made a layup, Brailen Neely a 3, Chris Palombizio a jumper and Nick Daniels a 3 and the Grizzlies led 25-15. Neely added another 3 and a 3-point play in successive possessions for a 38-25 lead. Oakland (10-8, 2-3 Horizon League) led 54-38 at intermission.

Nunn’s 3 with 15:28 left extended the lead to 62-43, but YSU (5-12, 3-1) outscored Oakland 25-13 during the next eight minutes and narrowed its deficit to 75-68 with consecutive layups by Jeremiah Ferguson, who also added two free throws.

Hayes followed with dunk and two free throws, Martez Walker scored a layup and Nunn another 3 and the Grizzlies led by double digits for the remainder. Daniels scored 16, Walker 13 and Neely 11.

Cameron Morse and Ferguson each scored 21 for YSU. Jaylen Benton added 14 points.

Hayes’ double-double was his Horizon League-best eighth of the season.

Daniels shot 6 of 9 from the floor and 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He also dished out a career high nine assists and committed just one turnover. Oakland is 6-0 when Daniels scores in double figures this season.

Nunn was 9 of 14 from the floor and 6 of 10 from the 3-point line. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.

Neely, who leads the conference in assists, handed out seven more.

Morse was 5 of 8 from 3-point range for YSU, which continues its road trip Saturday at Detroit Mercy. Naz Bohannon led the Penguins with eight rebounds.

The Golden Grizzlies will remain home hosting Cleveland State Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. for Childhood Cancer Awareness Night.

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