MARIETTA, Ga. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team led by four points at the half, but Life University outscored the Bears, 39-25, in the second half, as SSU shot just 29.6 percent from the field out of the locker room, falling 72-60, in a Mid-South matchup Saturday afternoon at the Eagles Nest.
Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) scored a game-high 17 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, to pace three Bears in double figures. Jorian Hudson (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) added 12 points and nine rebounds in the contest. Sean Elliott (JR/Canal Winchester, Ohio) tacked on 10 points, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the game.
The Bears shot 38.2 percent from the field in the first half, but held the Running Eagles to just a 32.4 percent clip in the first half, sending the game into the locker room at 35-31 in favor of the Bears.
Life turned 21 Shawnee State turnovers into 29 points, to erase the deficit and lead by as many at 10 points in the second half. The Running Eagles added 36 points in the paint and 29 points off the bench, compared to just 12 from the visiting Bears.
SSU played a season-low eight players in the contest, as Bendolph played more than 36 minutes in the game. Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) and Hudson added 30-plus minutes of action in the game.
The Bears connected on just 21-of-61 shots while losing the rebounding battle 43-35. Life came into the contest as the top-ranked squad in the Mid-South, averaging 44.8 rebounds per game.
Caleb Hayes led the Running Eagles with 14 points and 10 rebounds, as the home squad landed five players in double-figures.
Shawnee State falls to 0-5 in Mid-South play, and will close the year winless in conference play. The Bears return to the Mid-South on Jan. 15 versus Georgetown College.
SSU is back in action for a home contest with West Virginia Wesleyan on Dec. 10. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.