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Penguins march past Red Flash

November 17, 2012
From Mirror reports , The Altoona Mirror

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A promising first half for St.?Francis gave way to a lopsided second as Youngstown State came away with a 75-60 win Friday night.

The Red Flash trailed 29-24 after an opening period that featured six ties and four lead changes. In the second half, SFU (0-3) quickly cut the lead to 31-28, but a subsequent 8-0 Penguins run pushed the difference to 11 points by the 15:43 mark and forced coach Rob Krimmel to burn a timeout.

Ollie Jackson stopped the bleeding with his first field goal of the evening, but Youngstown State (3-0) scored the next four points to start pulling away with a 14-point advantage.

While the Flash were able to draw within nine, the Penguins' long-range game caught fire midway through the second half, allowing YSU to take a 19-point lead by the 7:52 mark.

Youngstown's Blake Allen hit five second-half 3-pointers on his way to scoring 18 points. Kendrick Perry scored a team-high 19 for YSU.

St. Francis was paced offensively by Stephon Whyatt, who scored 19 points, while Jackson chipped in 14.

"In the second half we turned the ball over way too many times and gave Youngstown a chance to play in transition, and that's where they're really good," Krimmel said. "Give them credit, they did a good job taking us out of a few things, but too many of our turnovers were unforced.

"Coming out of halftime we have to execute better, and we will."

The Red Flash shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the field but were undone by a season-high 19 turnovers. YSU shot 50.0 percent (26-of-52) and hit on 15 of 16 free-throw attempts.

Krimmel unveiled a new-look lineup in the season's third game, with forward Stephon Mosley becoming the third freshman to make his way into the SFU starting five. The switch provided immediate results as the Red Flash looked crisp out of the gate, en route to a four-point deficit at intermission.

Mosley and Whyatt accumulated eight and nine points, respectively, in the opening half, with the Flash holding a 17-15 edge on the boards.

ST. FRANCIS (0-3): Drinnon 4-6 1-2 9, Mosley 4-10 0-0 8, Shannon 1-5 1-2 3, G. Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 5-11 3-3 14, Whyatt 8-15 0-0 18, Major 0-2 0-0 0, E. Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Ritter 1-1 0-0 2, Ervin 1-2 2-3 4, Stanley 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 25-56 7-12 60.

YOUNGSTOWN ST. (3-0): Belin 5-7 0-0 11, Eargle 3-9 6-6 12, Allen 6-12 0-0 18, Perry 6-12 6-6 19, Amiker 5-8 1-2 11, Cole 0-2 2-2 2, Hain 1-2 0-0 2, Podolsky 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 15-16 75.

Halftime-Youngstown St. 29-24. 3-Point Goals-St. Francis (Pa.) 3-14 (Whyatt 2-3, Jackson 1-6, G. Brown 0-1, Shannon 0-2, Major 0-2), Youngstown St. 8-16 (Allen 6-10, Belin 1-1, Perry 1-3, Amiker 0-1, Cole 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-St. Francis (Pa.) 33 (Mosley 6), Youngstown St. 27 (Perry 7). Assists-St. Francis (Pa.) 10 (Jackson 3), Youngstown St. 12 (Cole 4). Total Fouls-St. Francis (Pa.) 16, Youngstown St. 13. A-2,023.

 
 

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