PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – Sean Elliot scored a team-high 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting, as Shawnee State took an 8-6 lead with just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half and never surrendered the advantage en route to a 71-64 victory over Davis & Elkins College on Tuesday night at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Five members of the SSU squad finished the contest in double-figures, as Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) added 12 points, Jacob Daniels (SO/Peebles, Ohio) and Ethan Moffatt (JR/Somerville, Tenn.) tabbed 11 and Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) notched 10, to go with Elliot's 18.
Shawnee State led by as many as 12 in the second half before the visiting squad cut the deficit to as little as five with just more than 30 seconds remaining. The Bears answered by hitting 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to ice the contest.
Davis & Elkins used a jumper from Rashad Parker at the 16:09 mark in the first half to take a 6-1 lead, but the Bears followed with 16-0 run over the next seven minutes to take the lead for good.
The Bears kept the lead near the 10-point mark for nearly the entirety of the first half, before a quick 7-0 spurt – including a triple from Kevin Bracy-Bavis at the buzzer – from the Senators cut the deficit to 27-23 at the break.
The score remained as close as four through the 13 minute-mark in the second half, before Elliot connected on a trey at the 11:11 mark to make it 43-34. Daniels followed with a layup on the next possession, and J Murrell made it an 11 point SSU lead with a dunk with just under seven minutes to play.
From there on, the Bears protected the lead – keeping the score near 10 points until under a minute to play.
SSU was in control for much of the game, thanks in part to a 54.5 percent shooting performance from the field in the second half. The Bears finished the game 24-of-51 from the field, adding 5-of-11 from three-point range.
The Bears won the rebounding battle 34-31, grabbing 27 defensive boards to go with 10 assists. Davis & Elkins committed 10 turnovers and recorded just six assists in the contest.
Shawnee State is back in action following the Thanksgiving holiday, traveling to Pippa Passes, Ky., to take on Alice Lloyd College on Sunday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.