Everyone in the gym knew where it was going.
Down two with seconds remaining after a loose ball pick and pop by Ashen Ward, the Milwaukee Panthers went to the man they knew could get it done.
This time, however, Kaylon Williams’ three-pointer rimmed out. Rebounded by Tony Meier, he had his shot blocked by Damian Eargle, ending a 68-66 loss for Milwaukee at Youngstound State.
The story for Youngstown State was the out-of-body experience shooting by Blake Allen, who was 7-for-8 from three and 8-for-10 overall. His shooting, especially in the first half, put the Penguins up 11 at the break.
Milwaukee got a herculean effort out of Kaylon Williams, who scored 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He hit three big shots in the second half – two threes and a layup with a foul – within four possessions that cut the Penguin lead from 54-42 to 59-58. Milwaukee took a three point lead at 62-59 following a Kyle Kelm free throw, but he missed the second and that was the furthest they could get.
The game-winning basket came after a missed shot by Youngstown. Kaylon Williams knocked the ball away from Kendrick Perry, and Ashen Ward scooped it up. Ryan Allen was just a split second too late for the strip, and Ashen Ward put up the winning shot.
Milwaukee dropped to 6-2 in the Horizon League, into a first place tie with Valparaiso. Cleveland State is currently playing Green Bay, but it looks like they are going to win and also move to 6-2. Youngstown State is now 5-3, tied with Butler for fourth place.
Milwaukee plays at Cleveland State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Time Warner Sports 32.