UWM falls to Youngstown State

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by WDJT Sports

Youngstown, Ohio - Kendrick Perry scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists and Youngstown State shot a season-best 57 percent from the floor for the game as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team fell 94-79 Friday night at the Beeghly Center.

Four players reached double figures in scoring for Youngstown (15-11, 7-6 Horizon) who seemingly could not miss, netting 13 threes on the night.

Paris Gulley led the way for the Panthers with 18 points, Jordan Aaron added 17 and J.J. Panoske 16 and Milwaukee (6-21, 2-11) actually shot a season-best 48 percent from the floor, but it was not enough against the hot YSU squad who hadn't played since Sunday.

"Youngstown State can score," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We're going to beat a lot of teams shooting 48 percent, but we're not going to beat Youngstown. We shot 52 percent from the three, 48 percent for the game, we shot a lot of free throws, but it's not enough to beat a Youngstown that can score as easily as they do."

"Against Youngstown you have to get stops. We were unable to get stops."

With the game knotted at 15, Youngstown hit three-pointers on three of its next four possessions to build a 30-20 advantage and took a 48-36 edge into the locker room.

After a Panoske jumper brought UWM within nine early in the second half, the Penguins exploded for a 26-10 run to open the game up. A Kamren Belin 3-pointer with 9:20 to play gave YSU an 80-55 lead and Milwaukee could never quite come back.

Milwaukee did its best to climb back, but never got closer than 13 down the rest of the way.

Damien Eargle, the Penguins' starting center, leading rebounder and league-leader in blocked shots, was a late scratch from the game with a broken nose. Without their center, Youngstown fired away from all over the court, attempting 28 threes on the game.

"They really took a point to use their guard play," Jeter said. "For us, it made it a little easier to go inside. Our plan was to attack inside and we were able to do that, but on the other end, their two guards - who are really good - shot the ball more and they made the difference tonight."

Milwaukee wraps up the road swing Sunday at Cleveland State.

Article courtesy of UWM.

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