PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) scored a team-high 17 points, as the Shawnee State men's basketball team rode a 69 percent shooting performance in the first half to cruise to an 85-63 victory over St. Catharine College at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon in Mid-South Conference play.
Carter went 8-of-11 from the field and Frederic Moore tacked on a 6-of-9 shooting performance in a contest that was never in doubt. In fact, the Bears (4-3, 1-1 Mid-South) never trailed in the contest and were tied just once, at 2-2.
Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) also finished in double figures with12 and Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. SSU won the rebounding battle 45-30 in the game.
Following that 2-2 lock, the Bears ran off 10 straight points, including a jumper from Carter, triple from Moore and a pair of free throws from Tingle, pushing the advantage to 12-2 just four minutes into the game.
Shawnee State continued to push ahead, leading by as many as 16 in the first 15 minutes, before a quick spurt from the Patriots (2-6, 0-2) to cut the deficit to seven at 34-27 with just 3:05 in the half.
The Bears answered with their best run of the contest, scoring the final 14 points of the half to put the contest away by the break with a 21-point lead, 48-27.
The second half was never in doubt, as SSU never saw the lead shrink below 19 points, while it grew to as large as with 13:42 remaining.
During the second period, several Bears saw their most significant playing time of the season, as Mason Powell (FR/Grant, Mich.) recorded the first points of his career.
Jacob Daniels (JR/Peebles, Ohio) added seven points and eight rebounds, while Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio), J. Murrell (SO/Columbus, Ohio) and Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) each tallied nine points apiece.
The Bears now face a quick turnaround, squaring off against Alice Lloyd College on Monday evening at the JAR. Tip-off for the non-conference bout is slated for 5 p.m.