Penguins bounced at buzzer by CSU

Staff report


It wasn’t the way Cam Morse would have wanted his college career to end.

The Penguins’ guard missed a potential game-winning layup with two second left as No. 8 seed Cleveland State defeated ninth-seeded Youngstown State 72-71 Friday night in a first-round matchup in the Horizon League Tournament.

Morse scored 13 points on 5-of-19 shooting and hit only one of his eight 3-point attempts.

Morse finished his YSU career with 1,913 points. He is sixth in career scoring for the Penguins, four behind Mickey Yugovich (1956-60) for fifth place.

Morse’s only 3 of the night gave him 232 for his career, tying Blake Allen for the most career 3-pointers in YSU history.

The Vikings (10-22) advance to play top-seeded Northern Kentucky — which has a bye — in a quarterfinal game today.

Kenny Carpenter scored 22 points for Cleveland State and made 1 of 2 fouls shots with 17 seconds left for 72-68 lead. Morse buried a 3-pointer just six seconds later to reduce the Penguins’ deficit to a point.

Devin Haygood fouled Tyree Appleby with seven seconds left and he missed both foul shots. Haygood grabbed the rebound but Morse missed a layup attempt as time expired. Appleby finished with 14 points and Stefan Kenic and Jamarcus Hairston each scored 12.

Naz Bohannon shot 7 of 11 for the Penguins (8-24) and led YSU with 16 points. Michael Akuchie scored 12 points and Braun Harfield had 11.

The Penguins took a 5-4 led on a Naz Bohannon jumper with less than two and a half minutes into the game. But Cleveland State went on a 11-0 run shortly after to take a 15-5 lead.

YSU cut the lead to 36-33 after the Vikings scored one point in the final 3:44 seconds of the first half.

The Penguins led 59-58 with in the final minutes when Bohannon and Akuchie scored on putbacks on consecutive possessions. Cleveland State made two free throws on its next possession to go up 60-59, and the Penguins did not lead again.

The Penguins’ first season under head coach Jerrod Calhoun ends with an 8-24 record.

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