Perry’s last-second shot lifts YSU

CHICAGO – Kendrick Perry’s jumper with 5 seconds remaining capped the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team’s rally past Loyola Saturday, 68-66.

YSU (9-6, 1-1 Horizon League) trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half and by 12 with 9 minutes remaining. Loyola, which lost for the first time this season at the Gentile Center, drops to 10-4, 1-1.

Perry, who had 18 points – 14 in the second half, drove the left side and banked the shot off the glass for the game winner.

The Ramblers crossed half court after the Perry basket and called time with 1.5 seconds remaining, but YSU’s Damian Eargle was called for his fifth foul on the ensuing inbound.

Loyola’s Ben Averkamp, who had 18 points, but just five in the second half, missed the front end of the one-and-one and the Ramblers retained possession with just 0.2 seconds left. The Ramblers’ final tip-in attempt was no good.

Loyola held a 50-36 lead with more than 14 minutes remaining on Joe Crisman’s 3.

Twice the Penguins, who shot 48.1 percent, trimmed the deficit down to seven but the Ramblers were able to get a 12-point advantage, 59-47, at the 9:10 mark.

Then, YSU began its rally as the Penguins used an 11-2 run sparked by Kamren Belin’s 3-pointer to cut the deficit down to three, 61-58, with 4:54 left.

Loyola extended its advantage back to seven after a jumper by Payne and two free throws from Averkamp, 65-58, with 3:36 left.

DJ Cole’s jumper with 58 seconds remaining gave YSU its first lead since the first half at 66-65.

The Penguins host Detroit in their first Horizon League home game on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m.