YSU’s rally falls short againt Cleveland State

CLEVELAND – The Youngstown State men’s basketball team trailed by as many as nine points in the second half and rallied to take the lead, but the Penguins could not hang on, dropping a 66-60 decision to Cleveland State on Tuesday at the Wolstein Center.

The Penguins, who fell to 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the Horizon League, placed three players in double figures, led by freshman Bobby Hain with 15 points off the bench. Senior Blake Allen scored 14 points, with three 3-pointers, and junior Kamren Belin added 11 points.

Cleveland State improved to 12-12 overall and 4-6 in the league. Devon Long led the Vikings with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and five free throws. Sebastian Douglas, Charlie Lee and Junior Lomomba each had 10 points for the Vikings.

Youngstown State shot 48.3 percent from the field in the second half, but just 46.2 percent from the free-throw line after halftime. For the game, the Penguins missed 11 free throws.

The Penguins return home to host Loyola at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Beeghly Center.