Morse’s 44 not enough to lift YSU past UIC

CHICAGO — Cameron Morse had another record-setting night, but it wasn’t enough to carry a Youngstown State men’s basketball team that fell to UIC Thursday, 84-81.

Morse, a 6-foot-2 junior shooting guard, matched his career-high with 44 points, tying a YSU record for most career 40-point games with four, and became just the third player in school history with four games with 40-or-more points. The last player with four 40-point games was John McElroy (1965-69).

Morse was 18 of 38 from the floor and 6 of 15 from 3. The 18 field goals was a UIC Pavilion record and he tied his career high with six 3s.

Morse and Braun Hartfield missed tying 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds. The Penguins (10-16, 4-9 Horizon League) were 9 of 31 from 3 and 32 of 84 from the floor.

UIC (13-12, 6-6) was 2 of 3 from the foul line in the final 1:20. The Flames were 32 of 67 from the floor and 10 of 22 from 3.

Hartfield’s steal and jumper gave the Penguins a 75-67 lead with 5:30 left and YSU was up 80-76 at the 3:28 mark.

However, the Penguins missed their final seven shots and only tallied a free throw from Morse the remainder of the game.

Besides Morse, the other four YSU starters combined for 16 points, while Matt Donlan came off the bench for 13 points.

Dominique Matthews led the Flames with 28 points. Tai Odiase had 12 points and K.J. Santos and Marcus Ottey each had 10 points.

Saturday, YSU is at Valparaiso, starting at 8 p.m.