Morse 3s not enough as Detroit Mercy wins

DETROIT — Detroit Mercy went on a late run to lead by eight with about a minute remaining.

Then, as he’s done so many times, Youngstown State senior guard Cameron Morse found a screen, elevated and canned a 3-point shot.

Two straight cut the lead Titans lead to two in the waning seconds, but it wasn’t enough as the Penguins dropped their second straight game, 93-91 — going to 0-2 on the current road trip.

YSU’s defense couldn’t stop Detroit’s Corey Allen, who had 34 points. Jermaine Jackson Jr. added a career-high 32.

The Titans had a 13-4 run to lead 84-76 with 1:10 left before Morse, who had a team-high 26 points, sank back-to-back 3s in the final 20 seconds to cut the deficit to 91-89. But Jackson pushed the lead back to four for the Titans (6-13, 2-4 Horizon League) on a pair of free throws with seven seconds left.

Devin Haygood’s jumper for the Penguins (5-13, 3-2) capped the scoring as time expired.

The Titans were 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 37 seconds and 19 of 26 for the game. YSU, which has struggled all year from the charity stripe, didn’t help itself Friday, going 8 of 17.

Roschon Prince added 10 points and nine rebounds for Detroit Mercy, which was behind by as many as 10 in the first half and trailed for most of the first 35 minutes.

Haygood added 14 for YSU. Naz Bohannon had 13, Garrett Covington and Tyree Robinson 11 apiece, while Braun Hartfield put in 10.

The Penguins shot 36 of 71 from the floor and 11 of 22 from 3.

Monday, YSU plays the nightcap of a doubleheader at Wright State. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. The YSU women play the Raiders at 1:30 p.m.