Hampton's 32 Points Leads Men's Basketball Past Columbia, 94-83

Kendale Hampton (Photo by David Dermer)
Kendale Hampton (Photo by David Dermer)

Bronx, N.Y. -- Junior Kendale Hampton scored a career-high 32 points and made seven 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State men's basketball team to a 94-83 win over Columbia on Friday evening at Rose Hill Gym.

The Penguins, who made 14 3-pointers, improve to 2-2 while Columbia falls to 0-2.

Sophomore Garrett Covington scored 16 points, including 14 in the second half, while junior Antwan Maxwell, Jr., had 12 points and junior Devin Morgan had 10. 

Leading the Lions was Mike Smith with 31 points while Quinton Adlesh added 12 points.

YSU trailed by as many as 11 midway through the first half and by nine, 27-18, with 9:31 to go before a 12-0 run on 3-pointers by Jelani Simmions, Hampton,Morgan and another by Simmons gave the Penguins a 30-27 lead at the 7:32 mark.

Columbia cut the Penguins lead to 30-29 with 7:16 to go but the Penguins went on a 12-4 run capped by a 3-pointer by Maxwell to boost their lead to nine, 42-33, with 4:26 left. The Penguins held a 52-45 lead at the intermission.

YSU began the second half scoring 10 of the first 13 points and extended their lead to 14, 62-48, after Morgan and Hampton each hit a jumper and a 3-pointer. 

Hamptoin's seventh 3-pointer of the game gave the Penguins their largest lead of the game at 82-65 with 9:06 left in the game. Columbia would never cut the Penguins lead below double digits and would only get as close as 10 points the rest of the way.

Youngstown State faces Fordham, Saturday, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1390-AM WNIO.