GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Men's basketball made it interesting early in the second half as Shawnee State trailed defending national champion Georgetown by just six points with 17:23 to play. However, the No. 2 Tigers (11-2, 2-0 MSC) just had too much for the Bears (7-7, 1-2 MSC) in that remaining time as the hosts used a 54-20 advantage in second half scoring to pull away and finish off a 98-53 win.
In the end, it was just too much of Deondre McWhorter for the Bears as the Tigers' big man poured in 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field while completing his double-double with 15 rebounds. Reigning NAIA Player of the Year Monty Wilson also added 22 points in the win. Shawnee State was led by Trevor Banks who finished with 11 points while Mark Bryant added 10 more to give the Bears two players in double figures. Sean Elliott also chipped in nine points while Andrew Devlin finished with eight points.
The teams started off the game by trading baskets on each of their first three field goals as the score was tied three times in the opening 3:31 of play. However, Georgetown would begin to slow the Shawnee State offensive and was up by 10, 17-7, with 13:14 to play in the opening half.
The Bears would continue to battle it out with the Tigers and kept within striking distance. A second chance basket from Bryant would make the score 24-18 with just over eight minutes left in the opening half. A later field goal from Banks would also make it 26-20 before Georgetown began to slowly creep away with an 18-13 advantage in scoring over the final minutes of the half, taking a 44-33 lead into the home locker room.
Devlin came out on fire defensively as he blocked a pair of shots in the opening minutes of the second half to try and rally his team back into the contest. Coupled with four quick points from Dante Dunston, the Bears got the game to within seven, 44-37.
Georgetown would score its first points of the second half at the free throw line but Banks quickly responded with a three to make the score 46-40 with 17:23 to play. The Bears looked to have something going as they scored seven of the first nine points in the second half. However, things went terribly wrong after that.
Over the final 17-plus minutes of play, the Bears just had no answer for anything that Georgetown was doing offensively. Those final 17 minutes saw the hosts outscore SSU by a 52-13 margin to just completely run away with the contest.
Four different players would end up scoring in double figures for Georgetown who shot 31-of-65 from the field in the game compared to just 20-of-56 for the Bears. Georgetown also got to the line 31 times and made 26 of those free throw attempts. The Tigers also hit 10 3-pointers in their victory.
Men's basketball will now travel to the University of the Cumberlands this Saturday in a 4 p.m. tip. That game will be proceeded by the women's game which will begin at 2 p.m.