Youngstown State beats Wright State on last second layup by Garrett Covington

Tim Finke scored 16 points grabbed 11 rebounds. Canned a 3-point shot to tie game at 72 in final seconds
Garrett Covington scored 12 points for Youngstown State. He scored the game-winning basket on a backdoor layup all alone with 0.2 left on clock
Scott Nagy Wright State coach Comments on 74-72 loss to Youngstown State 1 8 2021.mp3

Wild game last night in Fairborn, Ohio!

Wright State and Youngstown State, the two teams that preseason polls picked to be 1-2 for the regular season championship, showed why they both are worthy of such expectations.

The Horizon League teams battled to the end until Penguins guard Garrett Covington ended the game with 0.2 on the clock with a backdoor layup all alone. Referees went to video replay and confirmed the shot went up before the final buzzer sounded. The final score, 74-72 Penguins.

Youngstown State has had a long history of playing and losing to Wright State, now 14-43. Series breaks down like this: In Fairborn, WSU leads 20-11. At Youngstown, WSU leads 27-3. At neutral sites, WSU leads 1-0. But here recently, have been beating the always-at-the-top-of-the league Raiders and making games close. On February 20, 2020, in Youngstown, the Penguins won 88-70 and their best player, Darius Quisenberry, who from Huber Heights Wayne, a school the Raiders can’t seem to get players from, went off for 41 points. Before last night, the Penguins had not won at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, since January 7, 2017, 80-75.

After watching last night’s game, I wonder how and why the Penguins, who are coached by Jerrod Calhoun, in his fourth season (45-63), lose any games. They are fast, athletic, explosive on offense, play decent defense by forcing teams to shoot 3’s and not get ball inside where they have some shot blockers. Their starting lineup of guards Darius Quisenberry, Shemar Rathan-Mayes, Garrett Covington; forwards Naz Bohannon and Michael Akuchie are one of the best, if not the best in the Mid-major Horizon League. What makes last night’s win more interesting is that the Penguins won without Quisenberry, which tells me alot about them. They are just as good without their best player.

GAME NOTES AND FIRST HALF OBSERVATIONS

*YSU was controlling the paint early in game going 8-2

*WSU was shooting too many 3’s going 4-7 for 62.5%

*Bohannon kept YSU in the game because the Raiders could not stop him inside

*YSU 1,000 POINT TRACKER:

Quisenberry 1,072

Covington 950

Bohannon 996

*When the score was WSU 24 YSU 20, the Penguins took control of the game towards halftime, going on a 19-7 run to lead 39-31. The Raiders did get a three at the buzzer heading to the locker room which can be a positive and it was.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE HALFTIME STATS

3-POINT SHOOTING 55.6% 5-9

FG% 51.5% 17-33

23 REBOUNDS

AKUCHIE 11 POINTS

BOHANNON 10 POINTS

MYLES HUNTER 8 POINTS

WRIGHT STATE HALFTIME STATS

3-POINT FG% 43.8% 7-16

FG% 34.3% 12-35

17 REBOUNDS

TANNER HOLDEN 8 POINTS

TIM FINKE 7 POINTS

TREY CALVIN 6 POINTS

2ND HALF NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS

*YSU came out of the break playing the same way they did in the first half, getting a double digit lead and trading baskets with the Raiders.

*The tied started to turn after WSU’s Holden made two free throws to make it 48-38 and Coach Nagy called a timeout at 16:02.

*From there the Raiders made their comeback. YSU did go up 50-38. But the Raiders went on a run of 15-6 run and caught the Penguins at 55.

*The Raiders did accumulate leads of 63-58, 65-62 but could not hold it.

* YSU went up 72-68 before Finke tied it at 72 and WSU called a timeout with 13.5 to set up its final defense hoping for overtime. Coach Nagy said the strategy was to stop Bohannon. But Covington came up with game-winning layup.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE FINAL STATS

BOHANNON 28 POINTS, 9 REBOUNDS

COVINGTON 12 POINTS

AKUCHIE 12 POINTS, 8 REBOUNDS

FG% 48.4 % 30-62

3-POINT FG 5-14 35.7%

FREE THROW % 56.3% 9-16

38 REBOUNDS

12 TURNOVERS

10 FAST BREAK POINTS 40 POINTS IN PAINT

69 POSSESSIONS

WRIGHT STATE FINAL STATS

HOLDEN 17 POINTS

FINKE 16 POINTS

CALVIN 11 POINTS

FG% 45.3% 29-65

3-POINT FG% 47.7% 11-23

FREE THROW% 50.0%

35 REBOUNDS

0 FAST BREAK POINTS

34 POINTS IN PAINT

69 POSSESSIONS

Youngstown State improves to 7-4, 3-4 HL. Wright State drops to 7-3, 5-2 HL.

The teams play again Saturday afternoon at 3 PM

RELATED ARTICLES
NFL Week 7 Preview
1 day ago
NFL News Week 5
2 weeks ago
NFL Week 4 Preview
3 weeks ago
NFL Week 3 Preview
4 weeks ago
NFL News
1 month ago
1ST & GOAL Week 3
2 months ago
Solheim Cup News
2 months ago
Solheim Cup News
2 months ago
Solheim Cup News
2 months ago