PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – Sean Elliott (JR/Canal Winchester, Ohio)'s floater with five seconds remaining caromed off the backboard when blocked by No. 1 Campbellsville University's Damontre Harris, however goaltending was called on the shot, as the Bears held on for a 63-61 over the nation's top-ranked team to put a cap on Homecoming weekend Saturday at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
SSU tied the contest on a free throw by Elliott with 1:52 remaining and neither team was able to score for the next 1:48. The Tigers had a chance with 39 seconds left, but turned the ball over following an offensive rebound to set up the final possession for the Bears.
Campbellsville had one final shot with four seconds remaining, before Nick Gouch (JR/Columbus, Ohio) fouled on purpose to force an inbound from half court with 1.2 seconds showing on the scoreboard. A final desperation shot from D'Von Campbell fell short, handing Shawnee State their second Mid-South Conference victory of the season – and second in two days.
Elliott finished with a game-high 16 points, while Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) also landed in double-figures with 11. Andrew Bendolph (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) added nine points for SSU. The Bears were nearly automatic from the charity stripe, connecting on 14-of-17 in the game.
SSU did not lead in any moment of the second half until the final four seconds, but were able to hang around with the Tigers – never letting the deficit balloon to more than six. The contest also featured three ties in the second half, the final coming in the final two minutes prior to Elliott's late-game heroics.
The Bears came out of the gates on an absolute tear, jumping out to a 16-3 lead over the opening six minutes. Elliott opened the game with a pair of three-pointers, and Jacob Daniels (SO/Peebles, Ohio) added three the old-fashioned way, as the Bears jumped out 9-0, followed quickly by another bucket from Daniels to make it 11-0.
Campbellsville did not take the early deficit lying down, as the Tigers stormed back to tie the contest at 26 near the five-minute mark. Elliott Young was the catalyst for the visitors, hitting 4-of-6 from behind the arc in the first half for 14 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game at 29-28 off a triple from Quin Richardson, but two free throws from Carter gave it back to the Bears. Campbell connected from three 25 second later for Campbellsville – marking the final SSU lead until the closing seconds of the game. The Bears headed to the locker room trailing 35-32.
Shawnee State connected on just 33.9 percent of shots from the field, but held the Tigers to just 35.8 percent, while forcing the visitors into 15 turnovers. Despite being slightly undersized, SSU held its own on the glass, being outrebounded by just one, 41-40.
Carter added a game-high six assists for SSU, who recorded seven more dimes than the opposition. Daniels finished with seven points, while Ethan Moffatt (JR/Somerville, Tenn.), Jorian Hudson (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio), Frederick Moore (FR/Cincinnati, Ohio) and Nick Tingle (JR/Clayton, Ohio) each added five.
The Bears are back in action for a non-conference matchup, travelling to take on the University of Rio Grande on Thursday at 8 p.m. SSU will then return to the Mid-South, heading to No. 17 Georgetown College on Saturday at 4 p.m.