YSU outscores Akron; Kent tops Cleveland State in OT

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse had 17 of his 27 points in the second half and sparked a late run to help Youngstown State beat Akron 90-82 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.

The game was the second of the Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader.

Youngstown State had a late 6-0 burst when Morse scored back-to-back on drives and Rahim Williams flushed an alley oop dunk to make it 84-77 with 59 seconds left.

The Penguins snapped a six-game losing streak to the Zips in their first win over Akron since 1994. Matt Donlan added 20 points and Francisco Santiago scored 15.

Isaiah Johnson led the Zips with 17 points. Akron led 41-30 late in the first half before Youngstown State surged to overtake them at 47-45 early in the second and led by as many as eight. Akron pulled to within 78-77 but got no closer.

Jimond Ivey added 14 points, Kwan Cheatham, Jr. scored 13, Tavian Dunn-Martin 12 and Noah Robotham 10.

Kent State 79, Cleveland State 74, OT: Jimmy Hall scored 19 points to go with a career-high 18 rebounds and Deon Edwin got 10 of his 12 points in overtime as Kent State stopped a Cleveland State rally in the first game of the Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader.

Trailing 69-68 in overtime, Kent State (1-0) got a 7-0 run fueled by Edwin — two layups and a 3-pointer — to put the Golden Flashes on top for good with 1:06 left. Edwin also had a jumper to open the scoring in OT and closed out the extra period with a free throw to seal it.

Mitch Peterson added 17 points and Danny Pippen had 13 for Kent State, which controlled the boards 41-28.

Cleveland State (0-1) trailed by as much as 21 but rallied to force overtime on a 3-pointer from Jamarcus Hairston to tie it at 66 at the end of regulation.

Bobby Word’s 17 points led four Vikings in double figures.

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