Penguins win 3rd straight
DETROIT — Garrett Covington had 16 points to lead five players in double figures and Youngstown State held off Detroit Mercy 76-72 on Thursday night as YSU won its third straight game.
This is the third straight win over the Titans and second straight at Calihan Hall.
Naz Bohannon added 13 points for the Penguins (15-11, 8-5 Horizon League). Darius Quisenberry, who hit four clutch free throws in the final 34 seconds, was one of three players with 10. Donel Cathcart III and Geoff Hamperian, who started, added 10 points.
This is the first time YSU has won 15 games since the 2013-14 season.
The Penguins are in third place in the Horizon League, a game up on Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC in fourth place. Northern Kentucky, which plays last-place IUPUI tonight, is two games up on YSU for second place.
Antoine Davis had 34 points for the Titans (6-20, 4-9), whose losing streak stretched to four games. Marquis Moore added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Youngstown State was up 72-60 with less than 2 minutes to go when Moore had a four-point play and Davis followed up with a pair of 3-pointers to make it 72-70 with 41 seconds left. After Quisenberry’s first two foul shots, Moore had two free throws with 7 seconds to go.
“It was a great team win for us tonight,” YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun said. “A lot of players really stepped up for us. It’s always tough to win on the road, especially at Detroit when they have a player like Antoine Davis. He was exceptional tonight, and I give them a lot of credit for making that late run.”
The Penguins had a stout defense in the first half, holding a 38-27 lead at halftime. YSU shot 53 percent from the floor and 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
Detroit shot 28.6 percent from the floor and 3-of-11 from 3.
The Penguins were 11-of-15 from the foul line, while the Titans were 9-of-10.
Youngstown State defeated Detroit 69-67 on Jan. 11. Youngstown State faces Oakland on the road on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m.
Oakland beat Cleveland State Thursday, 79-72.