Penguins Withstand Late Charge for 76-72 Road Win at Detroit Mercy

Garrett Covington (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Garrett Covington (Photo by Robert Hayes)

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Detroit, Mich. -- Five players scored in double figures and the Youngstown State men's basketball team held off a late charge to come away with a 76-72 road victory over Detroit Mercy on Thursday evening at Calihan Hall.

The Titans used a 10-0 run in a 1:58 span to trim a 12-point Youngstown State lead to two, 72-70, with just 41 seconds left. UDM's Marquise Moore converted a four-point play and Antoine Davis, who had 34 points, made his fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the game to the Titans within a basket.

Sophomore Darius Quisenberry made two free throws to push the Penguins lead back to four 74-70, and after Moore made two for the Titans, Quisenberry sealed the game with two more charity tosses with nine seconds left.

Junior Garrett Covington led the Penguins, who improve to 15-11 overall and 8-5 in the league, with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Junior Naz Bohannon scored 13 points with eight rebounds while Quisenberry, senior Donel Cathcart III and sophomore Geoff Hamperian each had 10 points. Quisenberry also tied a career-high with eight assists.

Davis connected on 14-of-24 from the field, including six 3-pointers, to lead the Titans, who fall to 6-20 overall and 4-9 in the league. Moore posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Penguins led by as many as 13 in the second half and by 12 on four different occasions. Midway through the second half, Bohannon converted an old-fashioned three-point play and a layup by Covington gave the Penguins a 61-49 lead with 8:46 left.

Davis scored nine of the next 11 points to get the Titans within five, but the Penguins went on a 9-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Quisenberry and a dunk by junior Michael Akuchie to regain a 12-point advantage, 72-60, with 2:39 remaining.

The Penguins never trailed in the game and led by as many as 15 points, 30-15, with 8:41 left in the first half. YSU made nine of their first 16 shots and finished the first half connecting on 53.3 percent (16-for-30). Youngstown State shot 52.7 percent from the field for the game after hitting on 52 percent in the second half.

Youngstown State visits Oakland, Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. at the O'Rena.