PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) sunk three free throws with five seconds remaining to put the Shawnee State men's basketball team ahead 58-57 – the first SSU lead in more than 12 minutes – but Cumberland University's DeMario Frazier played foil to a Bear victory, sinking a desperation three-pointer as time expired to send Shawnee State to a 60-58 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Trailing 57-55 with the clock nearing zero, Carter took an open look from the right wing that was off the mark, but was fouled on the play. The junior calmly stepped to the line and dropped all three free throws.
Cumberland did not take a timeout, instead opting to inbound and head toward the other end. CU's Josh Wilkerson went coast to coast but was stripped at the top of the circle. The ball squirted into the hands of Frazier who was able to set and shoot, sinking the shot as the buzzer sounded.
Carter finished the game with a team-high 14 points to go with a game-high seven assists, while Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) added 11 in a sloppy contest that featured 13 turnovers from the Bears to go with just an 22-for-49 shooting performance from the Bears.
Shawnee State led for the opening 11 minutes of the game, though neither team was extremely successful at finding the bottom of the net. At the 8:10 mark, Cumberland's Uros Benacek hit a jumper to put the Bulldogs ahead 15-14.
CU would surge ahead 20-14, but the Bears responded with an 11-5 run to close the half locked at 25. In a perfect microcosm of the game, both squads turned the ball over inside of one second as the first half clock expired.
The contest remained within four points in either direction for more than 12 minutes in the second half, before a quick spurt put Cumberland ahead 51-43 with six minutes on the clock.
The Bears trailed by as many as nine, but began cutting into the lead after the final media timeout. A three-pointer from Jorian Hudson (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) made it 57-52 with 2:36 on the clock, and Sean Elliott (JR/Canal Winchester, Ohio) connected at the 1:32 mark to cut the deficit to two, all leading to the final two possessions.
Frederick Moore (FR/Cincinnati, Ohio) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Bears, who controlled the glass, 29-26. SSU also recorded 15 assists in the game, to go with five steals. The Bears shot 6-of-9 from behind the arc in the second half.
SSU is back in action, leaving Mid-South Conference play for a bout at Waller Gymnasium versus Davis & Elkins College on Tuesday. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.