MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team lead by as many as six points in the first half versus WVU Tech, but shot just 11-of-29 during the second half, as the Golden Bears took the lead for good with 10:28 to play en route to a 75-62 victory on Wednesday night at the Baisi Athletic Center.
SSU was led by Sean Elliott (JR/Canal Winchester, Ohio), who notched 14 points and five rebounds. Ethan Moffatt (JR/Somerville, Tenn.) just missed a double-double with 10 points and eight caroms. Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) and Jacob Daniels (SO/Peebles, Ohio) each landed in double-figures scoring as well, tabbing 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bears were solid from the field in the opening half, connecting on 55.6 percent of shots, including a 60 percent clip from three-point range. After a back-and-forth start, SSU used a 7-2 run at the 13-minute mark to jump out to a 17-12 advantage with 11:43 to play.
The Golden Bears shot right back on an 11-0 run to take a four-point advantage with 10 minutes to play. Again, SSU would respond. The visiting squad recaptured the lead at 22-21 and, by the 3:56 mark, a jumper from Frederick Moore (FR/Cincinnati, Ohio) sent the score to 35-29.
Moore connected again with 2:03 on the clock, making in 37-32, in favor of Shawnee State, as both squads went on a two-minute scoring drought, heading into the locker room with the score the same.
The visiting Bears scored first out of the gate in the second half on a jumper from Moffatt and led by seven on three separate occasions in the early going of the period. However a 9-3 run by the Golden Bears two minutes into the half cut the deficit to one with 13:29 to play.
At the 10:28 mark, WVU Tech's Leon Cooper, Jr., connected on a pair of free throws, as the Golden Bears surged ahead 49-48 – a lead the home squad would never relinquish. Shawnee State kept the score within striking distance over the next eight minutes, before the contest began to slip away at the 2:43 mark. WVU Tech led by as many as 15 in the closing minutes.
The tale of the tape in the second half was foul trouble for the visiting Bears. Shawnee State collected 13 fouls in the second period, sending the Golden Bears to the line 18 times – WVU Tech connected on 15-of-18 in the half. Meanwhile SSU went to the line just five times, making two.
SSU completed the contest 26-of-56 from the field, making 4-of-10 from long range and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. The Bears were out-rebounded, 35-34, and committed 16 turnovers compared to 11 from the Golden Bears. WVU Tech recorded nine steals in the game.
Shawnee State returns to action with the first Mid-South Conference bout of 2015 in a home matchup with No. 25 Georgetown College on Jan. 15. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.