Devin Morgan Scores 25 in 67-61 Loss to Fordham

Devin Morgan (Photo by David Dermer)
Devin Morgan (Photo by David Dermer)

Bronx, N.Y. -- Junior Devin Morgan scored a season-high 25 points and made five 3-pointers, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 67-61 decision to Fordham on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gym.

Younsgtown State falls to 2-3 overall while Fordham improves to 3-1.

Morgan connected on 9-of-19 from the floor overall and 5-of-10 from 3-point range while sophomore Naz Bohannon posted 13 points and eight rebounds for the Penguins.

Leading Fordham was Nick Honor with 17 points and Antwon Portley with 12 points.

The Penguins shot 56.5 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range and led by as many as 11 in the first half.

With the game tied at 21-21 through the first 12 minutes of the game, the Penguins went on a 11-0 spurt to take a 32-21 lead with 2:22 left before halftime. A jumper by Garrett Covington and a 3-pointer by Jelani Simmons ignited the Penguins run, and two jumpers by Bohannon and one by Donel Cathcart III capped the YSU surge.

Fordham closed out the first half on 7-2 run to get within six, 34-28, at halftime, and opened the second half with a 14-4 run to take a 42-38 lead with 13:08 left.

The Penguins stayed within striking distance over the next nine minutes and trailed by two, 55-53, after a basket by Morgan with 5:15 remaining. 

Fordham scored the next six points to go up eight, 61-53, before a 3-pointer by Morgan and a putback by Darius Quisenberry got the Penguins back within three 61-58, with 1:45 to go. Morgan's fifth 3-pointer of the game cut the lead down to two, 63-61, but the Rams made four straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The Penguins take on Florida International, Sunday, at Noon.