PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team saw a six-point halftime deficit grow out of hand quickly, as Lindsey Wilson used a 15-4 run – effectively taking control of the game – en route to a 69-52 victory over SSU on Thursday night at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Mid-South) shot just 41.2 percent from the field, including a 5-of-20 mark from three-point range, as the Bears were outscored 36-25 in the second half.
Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting in the contest, but the senior was the lone SSU player to notch double-figures. Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) added eight points for the Bears, and Nick Tingle (JR/Clayton, Ohio) and Jorian Hudson (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) each tabbed five.
The Lindsey Wilson (4-3, 1-1) offense was led by Bryan Wallace, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Julian Edmonson and Charles Sutton each added 10 for the Blue Raiders.
Lindsey Wilson jumped ahead 7-2 in the opening minutes of the game, but the Bears fought back to take an 11-9 lead after a Bendolph layup with 15:22 on the clock. Back-to-back buckets from LWC would spell the end of the final lead SSU would take in the contest.
The visitors again pushed the lead to eight at the 4:36 mark in the first half, but Shawnee State followed with a 6-0 run to bring the score to 27-25 with 1:53 to play. Carter tied the game with a steal-and-score less than 10 seconds later, but LWC answered with a triple from Sutton. D'on Hall added a three with 30 seconds remaining to send the Blue Raiders into the locker room with a 33-27 advantage.
After trading layups to open the second half, Lindsey Wilson opened the score wide and fast. It took the Blue Raiders just 1:48 to push the advantage to 10, and another four minutes to make it a 16 point lead. LWC led by as many as 23 in the second half.
Shawnee State connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the arc in the second half, finishing the game 5-of-20 from three. The Bears were also just 5-of-11 from the charity stripe.
SSU returns to action Saturday in a Mid-South battle versus Cumberland University. Tip-off at Waller Gymnasium is slated for 4 p.m.