Penguins get 3-point attack going in win over Columbia

BRONX, N.Y. — Three-point shooting has been erratic to say the least for Youngstown State through the first three games.

Friday, junior Kendale Hampton changed that perception during the Penguins’ 94-83 win over Columbia at Rose Hill Gym on the Fordham University campus in the first of three games of the Johnny Bach Classic.

Hampton made seven of the Penguins 14 3-pointers as part of his game-high 32 points for a team that shot 24 of 84 from long distance in the first three games.

Sophomore Garrett Covington scored 16 points, including 14 in the second half, while junior Antwan Maxwell, Jr., had 12 points and junior Devin Morgan had 10.

Mike Smith paced Columbia (0-2) with 31 points, while Quinton Adlesh added 12.

YSU (2-2) trailed 27-18 with 9:31 left in the first half before going on a 12-0 run in the next 2 minutes. Columbia cut the YSU advantage to 30-29 with 7:16 before halftime, but a 12-4 Penguins spurt eventually led to a 52-45 lead at the break.

The Penguins, who are usually a slow-starting, second-half team, began the final 20 minutes strong with 10 of the first 13 points to lead 62-48.

Hampton’s seventh 3-pointer gave YSU a 82-65 lead with 9:06 left. The Lions wouldn’t get any closer than 10 points of the Penguins.

Today, YSU faces host Fordham at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WNIO 1390-AM.