Expectations were higher than usual heading into the 2012-13 basketball season for Jerry Slocum‘s Youngstown State Penguins. Reality drawn from those expectations has been over the top. Just two nights after defeating George Washington, the Penguins went into Georgia and bit the Bulldogs, 68-56.
Kendrick Perry (above) had 23 points (17 in the second half) to lead the Penguins. Newcomer Kamren Belin posted 17 points and Damian Eargle rattled off a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Penguins defensive effort was tremendous as YSU forced Georgia into 15 turnovers. The YSU defense also held the Bulldogs to 17 total field goals and a 32.1 shooting percentage for the game.
After trailing by eleven at the half, Georgia was able to cut the YSU lead down to three, 32-29, but a jumper by Eargle, a free-throw by Perry and a 3-pointer by DJ Cole, the first of his career, put the Guins back up 38-29, with 11:43 left.
YSU then used a 13-4 run and led by as many as 18 after a four-point play by Perry made it 51-33 with 7:48 to go. Georgia never got within 10 the rest of the way.
The Guins shot 38.5 percent from the field and held the Bulldogs to a 12.5 field-goal percentage in the first half.
Shawn Amiker scored the first four points for the Penguins as they jumped out to an 8-0 start.
After the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 12-6 at the 9:16 mark, the Penguins defense allowed just one more field goal the rest of the half. Georgia scored its final six points at the free-throw line.
Belin gave the Penguins a jump start hitting a jumper and a 3-pointer to push the YSU lead to 10 points, 19-6, with 4:40 to go.