PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – Sean Elliott (JR/Canal Winchester, Ohio) notched a team-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting – including 4-of-8 from behind the arc – to pace the Shawnee State men's basketball team, while three others tabbed double-figures as the Bears collected a 62-52 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) tacked on 15 points for the Bears on 5-of-10 shooting, while Ethan Moffatt (JR/Somerville, Tenn.) scored a season-high 13 points. Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) added 12 for the home squad.
Moffatt set the game on the right path in the opening seconds of the contest with an emphatic fast-break dunk. After SSU lost the opening tip, the junior created a turnover at the top of the key and made a beeline for the bucket, hammering down a one-handed slam.
SSU extended the lead to 9-3 thanks to three-pointers from Elliott, bookending a free throw from Moffatt. The Cougars found themselves trailing, 11-6, after a pair of freebies from Bendolph, but used a 12-0 run – including three triples from leading scorer Chris Dewberry – to force an SSU timeout with the score at 18-12.
The lead ballooned to as many as nine at the 7:15 mark, before the Bears came storming back. SSU closed the half on a 17-5 run, culminating with a bucket from Bendolph in the closing seconds from behind the arc. The home squad headed to the locker room with a 31-28 advantage.
The two squads traded buckets to open the second frame, facing ties on three separate occasions in the first three minutes. An Elliott jumper with 16:35 to play put the Bears ahead, 37-36, a lead they would never surrender. Elliott pushed the advantage to three with a pair at the charity stripe, and made it a six-point game with a trey from the corner.
Dewberry added another three at the 13:30 mark to cut the deficit to three, but Bendolph headed strait to the bucket on back-to-back occasions to extend to seven. Shawnee State would go on to add points on four straight possessions, sending the advantage to a game-high 15 with 8:46 to play.
SSU would hold the lead above 10 over the next three minutes and never let the advantage fall below seven. Buckets from Bendolph and Moffatt put the game away in the final 2:30, bringing the SSU total to its final 62 points.
The Bears shot just 41.4 percent from the field on 22-of-53 shooting and held West Virginia Wesleyan to just 36.4 percent (22-for-55). Dewberry finished with a game-high 24 points, connecting on 6-of-12 from behind the arc.
Jacob Daniels (SO/Peebles, Ohio) tabbed a team-high 10 points for the Bears, while Frederick Moore (FR/Cincinnati, Ohio) added six boards. The Bears collected just six assists – committing 11 turnovers – but forced 13 giveaways of their own.
SSU returns to action in six days, remaining outside of the Mid-South Conference on the road versus Taylor University. The Dec. 16 contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m., in Upland, Ind.