Youngstown St. 71, Hiram 44

Damian Eargle scored 20 points, pulled down nine rebounds and

tallied four blocks to go with a career-high four steals in

Youngstown State’s 71-44 rout of Division III opponent Hiram on

Saturday.

Shawn Amiker and Kendrick Perry added 12 apiece for the

Penguins, who won their 11th consecutive game against Hiram.

Youngstown State (5-4) opened the game on a 15-2 run and led

31-21 at the break. The Penguins extended their lead to 20, 46-26,

in the second half after Eargle blocked a shot, then hit a jumper

at the other end.

Eargle has recorded a block in 11 straight games dating back to

last season and owns the Youngstown State career record for blocks

with 243.

Youngstown State outshot Hiram 42.4 percent (25 of 59) to 26.2

percent (16 of 61) and dished out 19 assists, compared to eight for

Hiram (1-4).

Aaron Stefanov led Hiram with eight points.