- Youngstown State Men’s Basketball Team will host SIU-Edwardsville this afternoon in their second YSU / J game. Arnold Wealth Management Company basketball tournament at the Beeghly Center. The contest against the Cougars is set for a 14 hour tip.
- The Penguins won a fierce 79-75 victory over St. Thomas yesterday in Beeghly. YSU withstood a 3-point barrage as the Tommies connected on 17 during the game to claim their second win of the season and improve to 2-1 on aggregate. Michael Akuchie had 20 points and eight rebounds while Myles Hunter came off the bench to score 14 and Tevin Olison scored 12.
- The bench played a big part in the victory. YSU had 30 bench points – 14 by Hunter, eight by Luke Chicone, six by Daniel Ogoro and a bucket by William Dunn in the victory. In the previous two games, the bench collected 20 points before gaining momentum on Friday.
- SIUE abandoned a 70-60 decision over Niagara on Friday night after the YSU contest. Shamar Wright was one of three Cougars to score in double digits as he finished with a high 20 points. SIUE led 30-20 at halftime before the Purple Eagles scored 46 points in the second half in the win from behind.
After ending up with a four-point halftime deficit, YSU edged St. Thomas 47-39 in the second half to go 2-1 on the season and 1-0 at the Beeghly Center. The Penguins had 20 of 29 (69.0%) shots in the second half, including 5-11 (45.5%) from the back of the arc during the 20-minute run.
With YSU down 54-52 with 9:23 left on a free throw from St. Thomas, Ogoro, aided by Hunter, knocked down a corner three to put the Penguins back on top 55-54 – a advance they have would not give up.
In the final nine minutes of play, YSU racked up a six-point lead on three separate points with 5:10, 3:28 and 2:55 remaining. After the under-four time-out with 3:53 on the clock, St. Thomas brought the deficit back to a basket made five times, but couldn’t capitalize.
YSU concludes the tournament with a contest at 3:45 p.m. Sunday against Niagara. The all-time series with the Purple Eagles is tied 7-7.