Leading 42-30 at the half, the Youngstown State Penguin men’s basketball team erupted for 62 points in the second half en route to a 104-58 victory Warren Wilson at the Beeghly Center on Thursday evening.
The Penguins, who only shot 35.3% from the field during the opening twenty minutes, shot the ball a staggering 73.5% from the field during the dominating second half performance.
Leading the way for Youngstown State was Kendrick Perry, as the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week scored 18 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc as the senior was instrumental in helping the Penguins pull away in the second half hitting three straight three point attempts in the opening minutes.
Bobby Hain also chipped in 18 points for Youngstown State as the sophomore center recorded a double-double going 7 of 11 from the field and pulling down 13 rebounds.
Senior Kamren Belin and junior Shawn Amiker rounded out the double digit scoring performances for the Penguins as Belin tossed in 17 points on 5 of 10 shooting and Amiker chipped in with 12 points off the bench on 4 of 6 shooting.
As a team the Penguins shot the ball 54.4% from the field including 38.5% from behind three-point range connecting on 10 of 26 from behind the arc.
Warren Wilson, who fell to 2-6 on the season shot 42.9% from the field but lacked the size and ability to keep up with Youngstown State as the Owls committed 18 turnovers and got out rebounded by the Penguins, 46-27.
Youngstown State, who has now started a season off with a 4-0 record for the first time since 2000-2001, will now travel to Amherst Massachusetts to take on UMass on Sunday, November 17th. Tipoff against the Minutemen is scheduled for 1:00PM EST.
Warren Wilson, who were playing their fourth game against an NCAA Division 1 opponent in as many nights was led in scoring by Justin Gonyea’s 14 points.
The Owls, who participate in the United State Collegiate Athletic association (USCAA) which comprises of 86 programs made up of mostly small colleges, community colleges, and junior colleges will look to rebound when they travel to Piedmont University on November 19th.
The Penguins will return home next Wednesday when they play host to Thiel on November 20th. Tipoff for Youngstown State and the Tomcats is scheduled for 7:45 at the Beegly Center.
-Last season, the Warren Wilson Owls won the USCAA Division II basketball championship under the direction of Greg Neely with a 76-68 victory over Penn State Fayette. Neely, who was with the program for one season left to take over as the head coach for Piedmont College, who happens to be the Owls next opponent.
-The Penguins bench scored 49 points on Thursday night, including 18 points combined from the three true-freshman, Marcus Keene, Jalon Plummer, and Kyle Steward.
-The official attendance at the Beeghly Center on Thursday was 1,402. Those who attended got treated to the most points scored by a Penguins team since a 106-69 victory over Slippery Rock on December, 3rd 2003.
-With a victory at UMass this upcoming Sunday, Youngstown State would get off to their first 5-0 start since turning Division 1 for the 1981-82 season. The last time the Penguins started a season 5-0 was the 1979-80 season when they were an NCAA Division II program.
-Youngstown State is now shooting the ball 36.4% from behind the three-point line for the season, connecting on 36 of their 99 attempts as a team. Sophomore Ryan Weber leads the team with 12 makes on 27 attempts for the season from long range.