Jaguars fall prey to Penguins


Covington, Akuchie and Quisenberry pace Penguins

Staff report

Indianapolis

Freshman Darius Quisenberry scored a game-high 22 points with eight assists as the Youngstown State men’s basketball team held off a late IUPUI charge for an 82-76 win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday.

The Penguins started the season 4-11, but have won two of the last four to start 2019.

Garrett Covington scored 15 points for YSU (6-12, 2-4 Horizon League), including nine in the second half, and sophomore Michael Akuchie added 11 points with six rebounds off the bench.

D.J. McCall led the Jaguars (10-8, 2-3 HL) with 14 points and the Penguins held leading scorer Cameron Justice seven points off his season average with 13.

The game featured seven lead changes and eight ties over the first 23 minutes before the Penguins used a 10-2 to take a 55-47 lead after a jumper by Quisenberry with 14:50 left.

YSU extended its lead to 13, 74-61, on a 3-pointer by Quisenberry and owned a 12-point advantage, 79-67, with 2:11 left after a 3-pointer by Covington.

The Jaguars scored nine straight points — aided by three YSU turnovers, to get within three, 79-76, with 18 seconds left. Noe Anabir split a pair of free throws and Quisenberry made two charity tosses to seal the win.

YSU, which shot 48.4 percent from the field for the game, connected on 51.6 percent of its field goals in the second half and made six 3-pointers after halftime.

The Penguins return home to host Wright State on Thursday. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at YSU’s Beeghly Center.

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