With the game tied at 40 apiece with 2:13 remaining in the game, the Shawnee State Men's Basketball Team rallied to finish the game on 10-2 run to capture the 50-42 victory over the Campbellsville Tigers on Thursday evening. With the win the Bears improve their victory to 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Campbellsville falls to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
Offensively, both teams struggled from the field. Shawnee State opened the game missing their first 11 shots from the field and found themselves trailing 11-0 early. Sophomore Trevor Banks (Fort Pierce, FL) ended the Bears drought as he hit a runner in the paint at the 10:56 mark of the first half. Shawnee State clawed their way back into the game and junior Tyler Morgan (Hamersville, OH) cut the lead to 18-16 as he converted 1-of-2 free throws with 2:40 remaining the first half. Campbellsville's Cedric Henderson extended the Tigers lead to 20-16 with a pair of free throws with 1:28 left and neither team would score again in the half. Shawnee State closed the half shooting 20% from the field, while the Tigers shot 28%.
Shawnee State opened the half with a lay-up by freshman Austin Vance (Lenore, WV). CU's Cedric Henderson extended the lead 21-18 on a free throw. Shawnee State knotted the game on a 3-pointer by junior Ian Nixson (Columbus, OH) and on the Bears' next possession sophomore Andrew Devlin (Columbus, OH) gave Shawnee State their first lead of the game with a pair of free throws. Campbellsville answered with a 7-0 run before the Bears' answered with a 3-pointer by junior Tyler Boyles (Raceland, KY). After exchanging points, Boyles hit another shot from long range to give the Bears the 34-32 lead with 8:54 remaining in the game. Campbellsville answered as Henderson hit a jumper and two free throws on consecutive possessions to capture the lead for the Tigers. The two teams battled hard and Banks tied the game at 40 all with 2:13 left in the game. With under two minutes remaining Shawnee State patiently run through the offense until Nixson had a wide open 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give the Bears the 43-40 lead. On the other end, the Bears buckled down on defense resulting in a Tiger turnover. In a mad scramble, Morgan came up with lose ball finding Boyles who threw it ahead to Bryant. Bryant finished the play with the lay-up and drew a foul to erupt Waller Gymnasium. Bryant sealed the 3-point play with the foul shot to extend the Bears' lead to 46-40 with 32 seconds left. The Bears' sealed the victory hitting 3-of-4 from the line and a Campbellsville bucket at the buzzer capped off the 50-42 victory for the Bears.
Shawnee State finished the game shooting 25% from the floor hitting as they hit 17-of-60 attempts. Campbellsville went 14-for-51 from the field for 28%. At the line Shawnee State shot 68%, converting 13-of-19 free throws. The Tigers went 10-for-15 from the charity strip for 67%.
Nixson led the Bears on the floor as he scored 12 points, dished out four assists in 35 minutes of play without committing a turnover. Boyles came off the bench to score 11 points. Morgan pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.
Henderson was the only Tiger in double-figures as he scored a game-high 18 points.
Shawnee State hosts No. 17 St. Catharine on Saturday in a conference double-header. The women's game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. with the men's to follow at 4:00 p.m.