Men fall to No. 3 Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. — The season ended where Youngstown State’s road to the postseason began.
On Wednesday, sixth-seeded YSU lost an 88-84 decision to third-seeded Oakland at the O’rena in a Horizon League quarterfinal matchup.
The Penguins (12-20) tied a season high with 14 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half, but the push wasn’t enough to overcome the Golden Grizzlies (16-16), who move on to the semifinals against second-seeded Northern Kentucky on Monday at Little Caesers Arena in Detroit. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m.
Devin Morgan led YSU with 19 points and a career-high five 3 pointers off the bench, while Naz Bohannon had 17 points and nine rebounds. He grabbed the 500th rebound of his career.
Freshman Jelani Simmons, who had four 3-pointers, scored 14 points, while the Penguins’ leading scorer and freshman point guard Darius Quisenberry was limited to 11 points and six assists.
The Penguins, who had four more wins than last season, were whistled for 30 fouls, compared to just 13 for Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies converted 32-of-45 shots from the free throw line. The Penguins went 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Quisenberry, Noe Anabir, the team’s only senior, and Michael Akuchie all fouled out, wiping out three of YSU’s starting five.
Jaevin Cumberland paced the Golden Grizzlies with a game-high 23 points, while Tray Maddox had 19. Xavier Hill-Mais added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Brad Brechting posted 11 points and 15 rebounds. Branden Norris added 10 points.
Garrett Covington, who was questionable heading into Wednesday’s game with an illness, was limited to 2 minutes and no points off the bench.
YSU led 26-24 with 4:58 left in the half, but Oakland went on a 10-4 run to end the first 20 minutes and led 34-30.
Simmons made a layup with 42 seconds left, closing the Oakland lead to 81-76, but the Golden Grizzlies made 7-of-8 from the line to advance.