Despite outscoring the Campbellsville University Tigers (14-7, 3-6 MSC) in the second half, the Shawnee State Men's Basketball Team was not able to overcome a rough first half as they fell on the road 68-57.
Shawnee State struggled in the first half and found themselves down by as many as 18 late in the period. The Bears held an 11-7 lead but Campbellsville went on a 10-0 run to capture their lead. Sophomore Andrew Devlin (Columbus, OH) stopped the run with a bucket in the paint, but the Tigers scored nine unanswered points to take a double-digit lead. The Tigers would extend their lead to 38-20 with just over three minutes remaining before the break. After exchanging baskets, Devlin closed the half making 1-of-2 at the line as the Bears' trailed 40-23 at the half. Shawnee State shot 35 percent from the floor, while the Tigers made seven more baskets and shot 50 percent from the field. The Bears' didn't just struggle from the field, but also at the free throw line as they hit only one free throw out of seven attempts for a dismal 14 percent.
In the second half, the Bears rallied back into the game with a 17-9 run and the help of shooting 50 percent from the field. With two minutes remaining junior Tyler Boyles (Raceland, OH) hit a 3-pointer to cut the Tigers lead to 62-57, but it wasn't enough as they Bears fell 68-57.
Shawnee State was led by junior Tyler Morgan (Hamersville, OH) who scored 22 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds. Boyles finished with 12 points, while junior Mark Bryant (Milford, OH) added 11 points and six rebounds.
Campbellsville was led by Reggie Smith's 16 point performance. Jordan Myers had 14 while Kevin Bobson and Cedric Henderson rounded out the Tigers in double-figures with 13 and 11 respectively.
Shawnee State shot 41 percent in the contest, while the Tigers went 25-for-55 for 46 percent. From beyond the arc, the Bears made five 3-pointers for 42%. Campbellsville shot 33 percent from long range making eight 3-pointers. At the line, Shawnee State struggled making 10-of-23 attempts for 44 percent. The Tigers converted 10-of-14, all in the second half, for 71 percent.
Shawnee State travels to St. Catharine on Saturday, January 28. The Bears lost to the Patriots 77-69 on December 3. The Bears return home on Thursday, February 2 to host the Cavaliers of UVa-Wise. The men's game is set to tip-off at 8:00 p.m. following the women's contest.