Men's Basketball Falls to Oakland, 72-64

Devin Morgan (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Devin Morgan (Photo by Robert Hayes)

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Rochester, Mich. -- Senior Devin Morgan scored a game-high 20 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 72-64 decision to Oakland on Saturday afternoon at the O'Rena.

Junior Naz Bohannon recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Darius Quisenberry added 14 points for the Penguins, who fell to 15-12 overall and 8-6 in the Horizon League.

Oakland improves to 10-17 overall and 5-8 in the league. Leading the Golden Grizzlies was Xavier Hill-Mais with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Rashad Williams with 17 points.

The Penguins jumped out to an 11-5 lead within the first five minutes of the game keyed by 3-pointers by Morgan, Donel Cathcart III and Michael Akuchie.

Oakland went on a 17-2 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 22-13 lead. During that span, the Penguins went scoreless for more than seven minutes.

The Penguins clawed back with a 9-0 run of their own to knot the game at 22-22 after a 3-pointer by and baskets by Bohannon, Morgan, and Jamir Thomas

The Golden Grizzlies closed out the final 3:14 of the half outscoring the Penguins, 9-2, to take a 31-24 lead into the lockerroom.

A jumper by Cathcart and another 3-pointer by Morgan to start the second half cut the Oakland lead down to two, 31-29, but the Golden pushed the lead to 41-31 after scoring 10 of the next 12 points.

Oakland led by as many as 17 points on two occasions and the Penguins were able to get the deficit down to seven with six seconds left.

The Penguins return home to host Horizon League leader Wright State, Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Beeghly Center.