Rochester. Mich. – The Youngstown State men’s basketball team abandoned an 87-72 decision in Oakland on New Years Day at the O’Rena.
The loss was YSU’s first in the Horizon League as it fell to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in the league. With the win, the Golden Grizzlies improve to 9-4, 4-0.
The contest was tied at 16 at 10:28 when Michael Akuchie converted a 3 point. However, Oakland scored the next 22 points over a 3:12 period, building a 38-16 lead. Akuchie scored the Penguins’ first points in 4:01 with an out layup. YSU managed to get closer to 50-34 at halftime after losing to 22.
In the second half, the Penguins managed to get closer to 59-47 with 14:40 left after Akuchie made a pair of free throws. The Golden Grizzlies responded with 3 straight points to push the game to 65-47. Later in the period, the Guins closed the lead to 71-58, but the Golden Grizzlies responded with eight straight points.
Akuchie scored 21 points for the Penguins, one short of his season high with 5 of 9 goals and 10 of 12 on the free throw line. Tevin Olison finished with 14 points and Dwayne Cohill added 12.
For the game, YSU shot 37.5% (24 of 64) from the field and made eight 3-pointers. The Guins were 16 of 18 from the free throw line. Oakland has four double-digit players, led by Jamal Cain’s 23 points. Also for the Golden Grizzlies, Trey Townsend and Blake Lampman got 18 points each while Jalen Moore added 15.
Oakland shot 53.4% (31 of 38) for the contest, setting a record 13 points to 3 points. Lampman led the way by knocking down six of them.
YSU returns to action Wednesday night at Rober Morris. The tipoff at the UPMC Events Center is set at 7 p.m.