Morgan hits game winner in Motor City

Penguins end game on 11-3 run to win back-to-back contests

Staff Report


Devin Morgan hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds and freshman John Sally, Jr.’s defensive rebound with eight seconds left lifted the Youngstown State men’s basketball team to a 72-70 victory over Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall.

The Penguins (8-16, 4-7 Horizon League) trailed Detroit Mercy (9-14, 6-5) by six, 67-61, with 3:30 left in the game but outscored the Titans 11-3 to end the game. A free throw by Kendale Hampton and a three-point play by Darius Quisenberry got the Penguins within two, 67-65, with 2:48 left.

After a basket by Detroit Mercy’s Lamar Hamrick pushed the Titans lead back to four, the Detroit Mercy bench was accessed a technical foul for throwing a shoe onto the court. Quisenberry converted both free throws and sophomore Naz Bohannon tied the game at 69-69 with a layup with 1:48 remaining.

Hamrick gave the Titans 70-69 lead after making a charity toss at the 1:38 mark. Over the next 1:25, the Titans’s Antoine Davis missed a 3-pointer, they committed a turnover, and Josh McFolley missed a layup that led to Morgan’s go-ahead 3-pointer.

On the ensuing possession, Davis missed a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key and Sally hauled down his fourth rebound of the game. Sally was fouled but missed the free throw and the Titans’ last-ditch field-goal attempt was off.

Bohannon led the Penguins with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Quisenberry had 14 points and Morgan added 11 points.

In a game that featured 11 lead changes and 10 ties, the Penguins led for just 9:37 but made more field goals (28-23) and shot 45.9 percent from the field, including 48.3 percent in the second half.

Davis led the Titans with 23 points while Gerald Blackshear had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Penguins return home to play the first of four straight at the Beeghly Center when they host Milwaukee, Thursday, at 7 p.m.

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