Fairborn, Ohio -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team turned in a gutsy performance, but dropped a 79-72 decision to Wright State on Saturday evening at the Nutter Center.
The Penguins fall to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the Horizon League while the Raiders improve to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the league.
Leading the Raiders was Loudon Love with 21 points while Bill Wampler had 16 points and Cole Gentry added 11.
Gentry's 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 48 seconds left extended the Raiders lead from five to 76-68 and put the game out of reach for the Penguins.
Youngstown State battled back the entire second half starting with an 11-5 run to tied the game at 45-45 with 15:38 left after trailing by six. After the team's traded baskets, Wright State used a 16-6 run to take a 10-point lead, 63-53, midway through the half.
The Penguins trailed by as many as 11 points three times, but were able to trim the lead down to five, 73-68, after a Quisenberry jumper with 2:02 to go. The Penguins forced a miss by Gentry, but Garrett Covington's floater was blocked by Love at the 1:15 mark and set up Gentry's game-sealing 3-pointer.
In the first half, the Penguins started slow making just one of their first eight field goal attempts and falling behind by as many as eight, 18-10, with 11:49 remaining before the break. Layups by Jamir Thomas, Cathcart, Jelani Simmons and another by Cathcart knotted the game at 18-18.
The Raiders regained a five point lead, 26-21, but two jumpers by Cathcart and a layup by Bohannon gave the Penguins their first lead of the game at the 3:44 mark. Bohannon also tied the game at 31-31 and scored the Penguins final five points of the half to get the Penguins within three at the intermission, 37-34.
Youngstown State begins a five-game homestand against Milwaukee on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Beeghly Center.