RIO GRANDE, Ohio. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team led by as many as 11 points in the first half – and by five at halftime – but the University of Rio Grande used a hot-shooting second half, connecting on 15-of-28 shots after the break to defeat the Bears, 80-68, Thursday night at Newt Oliver Arena.
The Bears stayed ahead in the contest for more than nine minutes out of the locker room thanks in part to 10 second half points from Nick Tingle (JR/Clayton, Ohio), but could not find an answer for several different members of the RedStorm while also sending the home squad to the free throw line 17 times in the final 20 minutes.
Tingle finished the contest with those 10 second half points to go with seven rebounds. Jorian Hudson (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way scoring with 17, connecting on 8-of-16 from the field. Frederick Moore (FR/Cincinnati, Ohio) added 12 points in just 11 minutes before fouling out midway through the second half.
Shawnee State opened the contest on a 10-3 run, as Devon Carter (JR/Clayton, Ohio) and Sean Elliott (JR/Canal Winchester, Ohio) each connected on triples. Hudson and Ethan Moffatt (JR/Somerville, Tenn.) followed with deuces, and the Bears led it in the early going. Rio came all the way back with a 9-0 run to make it 12-10 five minutes into the contest.
The Bears regained the lead with five straight from Hudson, and remained ahead for the remainder of the first frame. With just under eight minutes in the first half, Moore connected on three-straight from the charity stripe after getting fouled on a triple. The trio of freebies left the Bears ahead, 28-18, the biggest lead of the contest to that point.
A jumper from Hudson at the 4:45 mark put the Bears ahead by 11 in what would be their biggest lead throughout the game. Over the final five minutes of the half, the RedStorm was able to chop that lead down to five heading into the locker room, trailing 36-31.
SSU extended the lead to as many as nine in the opening ticks of the second half, but a 16-6 run from Rio Grande over a five-minute stretch beginning at the 17:23 mark gave the home squad its first lead in more than 20 minutes.
The two teams would then jockey back-and-forth, exchanging five lead changes and three ties through the eight-minute mark. A jumper from Rio Grande's Dwayne Bazemore at the 7:54 mark gave the RedStorm the last lead of the game. Rio ended the game on a 20-8 run to pull away in the final minutes.
Rio Grande was led by D.D. Joiner, who finished with 19 points despite sitting for much of the second half with three foulds. Kevonta Black added 18 points and six assists, while Evan Legg finished with 12 points.
Shawnee State shot 40.0 percent (26-of-65) from the field, but connected on just 3-of-17 three pointers. The Bears held the RedStorm to 34.4 percent from the field in the first half, before the home team exploded in the second half. SSU lost the rebounding battle, 41-37, and the turnover battle, 15-13.
SSU now sets sights back on Mid-South Conference play, facing No. 14 Georgetown College on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Bears led the Tigers by 11 points with 7 minutes remaining in the teams' last meeting, but could not hold on, as Georgetown escaped Portsmouth with a 71-68 victory.