PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team went just 17-of-56 from the field, connecting on just 28.1 percent of shots in the second half, as the Bears were defeated by the No. 23 University of the Cumberlands, 76-51, on Monday night in the final home game of the season at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Jacob Daniels (SO/Peebles, Ohio) and Jorian Hudson (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) each scored 12 points for the Bears, who trailed for the final 35 minutes of the contest. SSU hit just 3-of-18 attempts from three-point range, while going 9-for-32 from the field during the second half.
The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes on buckets from Hudson then Daniels, but surrendered the lead when the Cumberlands' Tony Bradley hit a pair of free throws to make it 6-4 with 14:23 remaining. The Patriots would never trail again.
Bradley finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. D'Lando Carter scored a game-high 24 for UC, while Xavier Owens had 13 to go with 10 rebounds.
The Cumberlands extended the lead to as any as 10 in the first half on a pair of free throws from Owens with 5:2 left, but the Bears were able to cut it to five when Hudson connected with 46 seconds left. Michael Dow sent the visiting squad into the locker room with an eight-point advantage, 31-23.
It took just three minutes – and a 12-2 run – for UC to put the game away in the second half, as the Patriots surged ahead, 43-25. UC would lead by as many as 28 in the second half, cruising to the Mid-South Conference victory.
The Patriots connected on 44.6 percent of attempts, including hitting 15-of-27 in the second half. UC went 10-of-26 from three-point land, while making 16-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Shawnee State returns to action Thursday, taking on No. 10 Campbellsville on the road with tip-off slated for 8 p.m. The Bears close out the regular-season slate on Saturday at St. Catharine College.