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YSU men beaten by W. Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson made a layup with 0.2 seconds left to lift the Broncos to a 66-64 win over the Youngstown State men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon at Read Fieldhouse/University Arena.

Leading the Penguins was junior Garrett Covington with 13 points and Jamir Thomas with nine points and five rebounds. Junior Naz Bohannon recorded double figures in rebounds for the third straight game with 10 boards.

Johnson led the Broncos with 19 points and 16 rebounds while Rafael Cruz, Jr., had 15 points off the bench.

After trailing by six at the intermission and by eight, 42-34, just minutes into the second half, the Penguins rattled off eight straight points to take their first lead since it was 4-2 at the 18:47 mark of the first half. Bohannon started the run with a pair of free throws and Covington added a jumper to cut the lead in half. Donel Cathcart buried a 3-pointer to get within one and collected a steal that lead to a fast-break layup by Darius Quisenberry to give YSU a 43-42 lead.

A couple of ties and two lead changes later, a Christian Bentley free throw,a jumper by Thomas and a 3-pointer by Devin Morgan pushed the YSU lead out to six, 53-47.

Bentley buried a 3-pointer that gave YSU a 56-49 edge and then made two free throws to extend the YSU lead back to seven 59-52 with 7:42 left.

A basket and two free throws by the Broncos back to wihtin three, 59-56, at the 4:58 mark.

Thomas’s layup with 3:05 left in the game gave the Penguins a 61-56 lead before the Broncos scored five straight points over the next 90 seconds.

Quisenberry split a pair of free throws to put YSU up one, 62-61, but WMU’s B. Artis White hit a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to give the Broncos a 64-62 lead.

Covington tied the game at 64-64 with a driving layup with 26 seconds left.

In the first half, both teams shot extremely well. The Penguins connected on 50 percent from the floor while the Broncos made 57.7 percent from the field.

The Penguins trailed by as many as eight points before cutting Broncos lead down to one on four occasions, including 35-34, with 1:09 left before the half. Western Michigan scored the final five points of the half to take a 40-34 lead into the lockerroom.

The Penguins take a break for finals before hosting Southeast Missouri State, Sunday, Dec. 15, at Beeghly Center. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

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