Youngstown, OH (Sports Network) - Kamren Belin and Blake Allen each finished with 20 points to lead the Youngstown State Penguins over the Central Michigan Chippewas, 86-75, as part of the BracketBusters event at the Beeghly Center.
DJ Cole added a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists for the Penguins (15-12), while Damian Eargle chipped in with 10 points.
For the Chippewas (9-16), Chris Fowler led the way with 19 points, while Kyle Randall added 17 points and John Simon finished with 16 points.
YSU was red-hot to start the contest, knocking down 69.2 percent of its field goal tries in the first half, including 5-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc, as it took a 45-27 lead at halftime. CMU was held to just 40 percent shooting from the field, although it did make 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
After intermission, the Penguins continued to shoot the ball well, draining 50 percent of their shots from the field, while the Chippewas improved to 44.8 percent shooting. CMU was a perfect 18-of-18 from the free-throw line in the second half as it sought to stay within striking distance, but it could get no closer than seven down the stretch, as the Penguins grabbed the victory.
YSU had the slight edge on points in the paint, 24-22, and points off of turnovers, 12-11.