Morse Connects With Kaufman to Lead Youngstown State to Epic Upset Over Oakland

With 3.3 seconds left and down one point, prolific scoring guard Cameron Morse drew all five Oakland defenders outside of the perimeter. He then rifled a pass into the paint area where a wide-open Jorden Kaufman caught the pass and laid the ball in as time expired, giving the ninth-seeded Youngstown State Penguins the improbable 81-80 win.  The game

Cameron Morse

Junior guard Cameron Morse was fantastic in YSU’s win. Photo courtesy of ysusports.com

was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than six in the second half.  After Morse banked home a jumper with 1:47 left in the game, YSU led 79-75.  But then Oakland stormed back by making two shots that got very favorable bounces, first a three from Sherron Dorsey-Walker, and then a Jalen Hayes hook shot from the paint on the next possession. After a couple of lengthy time stoppages for official reviews, regarding the ball going out of bounds and the subsequent substitutions, the Penguins finally had a chance to win, down just 80-79. Oakland had two fouls to give and they used them both, which left such a small amount of time for the Penguins to work with.  But it was just enough for them to win the game and not leave any time for Oakland to even inbound the ball again. Morse led all players with 34 points and had a team-high 5 assists. His last dime was undoubtedly the biggest one in YSU history. Kaufman added 22 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Despite only attempting 9 free throws, the Penguins made up for it by going 7-16 from three point range, and shot 44.2% from the field overall, which included 6 more made field goals than Oakland.  Hayes led the Golden Grizzlies with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his frontcourt partner Isaiah Brock added 14 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Martez Walker added 22 points and Dorsey-Walker added 16 points and 8 assists.

 

The bad news for Oakland (24-8) is that they will not be returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.  The good news is that they did clinch a berth in the NIT because of them being the top-seeded team in the Horizon League.  The Golden Grizzlies have never played in the NIT before.  As for Youngstown State (13-20), they will look to continue their amazing run on Monday night when they play the winner of #4 Northern Kentucky and #5 Wright State. Two more wins will earn the Penguins a spot in their first ever NCAA Tournament.  This game will live on, not only as one of the biggest upsets in Horizon League tourney history, but also with one of the most memorable finishes.

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