Youngstown State’s season came to an end Wednesday night, as the Penguins were defeated by Fresno State, 80-71, in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Classic.
YSU (19-15) led 47-37 with 16:30 left in the second half before the Bulldogs (21-13) rallied back to tie the game at 51. YSU regained a 59-54 advantage before Fresno State answered with a 7-0 run to seize the lead for good, 61-59 at the time.
Dwayne Cohill paced the Penguins with 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Michael Akuchie capped his YSU career with a 16-point, six-rebound performance. Tevin Olison added nine points and seven boards. Will Dunn scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds.
For Fresno State, Orlando Robinson racked up 16 points and 13 boards, while four other Bulldogs scored in double figures: Destin Whitaker (14 points), Braxton Meah (14 points on a 6-for-6 night), Donavan Yap (13 points) and Isaiah Hill (11 points).
Fresno State’s bench outscored YSU’s 41-8, and FSU shot 50 percent overall — 27-of-54.
YSU sank 23 of 51 shots, 45.1 percent.
The game featured 13 lead changes and seven ties.