Second-half skid sinks Penguins at Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. — A 15-0 run over a four-minute span midway through the second half was the demise for Youngstown State as the Penguins got no closer than 11 after that in an 82-65 loss to Oakland on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Penguins to 7-6 overall and 3-6 in Horizon League play, while the Golden Grizzlies improved to 4-12 overall and 4-5 in the league.
YSU freshman Myles Hunter scored a career-high 18 points and three others reached double figures at the Athletics Center O’Rena. Senior Garrett Covington scored 15 points, senior Naz Bohannon just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, and freshman Shemar Rathan-Mayes added 10 points.
Hunter was the Penguins’ spark in the first half making 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including four 3s.
Hunter helped the Penguins build an eight-point lead, 34-26, late in the half. But Oakland outscored YSU 12-2 over the last 3:07 and fook a 38-36 lead into halftime.
In the second half, just before the Grizzlies’ decisive run, YSU cut a 46-40 deficit to 50-49 with a 9-4 run.
Leading Oakland in scoring were Jalen Moore and Rashad Williams with 18 points each.
Oakland shot 51.8 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers, while the Penguins connected on just 39.1 percent for the game after making 48.1 percent from the field in the first half.
The teams meet again today at 3 p.m. with the game on WKBN 570-AM and ESPN3.