Youngstown St. 64, Samford 61
DuShawn Brooks came off the bench and scored 20 points to help
Youngstown State hold off Samford 64-61 in both teams’ season
opener Friday night.
Brooks – who transferred from Butler County Community College
(Kan.) earlier this year – made the most of his debut for the
Penguins as he shot 8-for-18 from the field, grabbed six rebounds
and had two steals.
The Bulldogs held Youngstown State to 30.3 percent shooting in
the first half and entered halftime with a 24-23 lead.
Despite shooting 13-for-23 from the field in the second half,
the Bulldogs missed 12 second-half free throws and trailed by as
many as 10 points.
Samford guard Jeffrey Merritt scored a career-high 19 points on
8 of 9 shooting and had 11 rebounds for his first career
double-double in the loss.
Vytas Sulskis had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the