Milwaukee, Aaron top YSU in conference opener

MILWAUKEE – Jordan Aaron scored 27 points boosting Milwaukee to an 82-76 win over Youngstown State in a Horizon League conference opener for the schools on Thursday night.

Youngstown State (9-6, 0-1 Horizon) led at the start, but quickly fell behind Milwaukee, trailing by 10 at the half and eventually 19 points, 69-50, on a pair of Aaron free throws with 8 minutes left.

“We did not play a very good basketball game tonight, from the offensive and defensive side,” YSU coach Jerry Slocum said. “We did not look like ourselves out there tonight”

The six-point margin of victory suggested the game was closer than it was actually played, but Youngstown State never really posed a threat. Milwaukee (11-4, 1-0 Horizon) outshot and outrebounded the Penguins and went to the free-throw line 11 more times than Youngstown in earning the win.

“We did not shoot well tonight and when you do not rebound against a good team, it’s difficult to win,” Slocum said.

Steve McWhorter added 17 points and Kyle Kelm 12 for Milwaukee. Matt Tiby added 11.

Kendrick Perry led all players, scoring 31 points for Youngstown State and adding to his team leading 20.8 scoring average. Ryan Weber added 14 points, while Kamren Belin and Bobby Hain each had 10 points.

YSU continues its current three-game road trip Saturday at Green Bay. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.