PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball program utilized a 16-point, 14-rebound effort from Nick Tingle, a 15-points, seven assist night from Devon Carter, and a 14-0 spurt between the first and second halves in grabbing a 72-57 victory over Alice Lloyd in a nonconference bout at the Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium on Monday evening.
The contest featured another impressive shooting display for the Bears (5-3) as Shawnee State followed up a 55.6 percent shooting night from the field against St. Catharine with a 51.7 percent performance from the floor against the Eagles (2-5).
Additionally, the gritty play on the defensive end shut the Alice Lloyd offensive attack down with the Eagles shooting just 32.8 percent from the field for the game as Shawnee State rendered the frontcourt duo of Shane Hall and Tyler Rogers ineffective by limiting the pair to 7-of-20 shooting from the floor.
Both teams would trade the lead back-and-forth through the first two minutes of action before Shawnee State would use buckets from four different players to take a 13-7 edge with 15:44 to play in the half.
Even though Alice Lloyd would go on a 7-0 spurt – which was capped off by a Cody Stumbo three-pointer to give the Eagles a 14-13 advantage – the lead would be the first – and last – of the contest for Alice Lloyd.
After a Devon Carter layup to give the Bears the lead back, the Eagles would tie the score two more times in the half. On each occasion, Shawnee State answered the bell as an Ethan Moffatt jumper and a Conor Markins three-pointer kept the Bears in control.
In the process, Markins' trey would also kickstart an 11-2 run for Shawnee State as the Bears grabbed a 30-21 advantage with 4:29 to play in the first half behind the former's three ball and four points from Nick Tingle.
Alice Lloyd, however, still had fight left, and the Eagles answered Shawnee State's run with an 8-3 spurt behind five points from Hall and a Cody Stumbo three to cut a nine points Bears' lead down to a 33-29 tilt with 1:12 to go in the first tilt.
Ethan Moffatt and Frederick Moore, however, didn't let Alice Lloyd come any closer. Following Stumbo's trey, Moffatt caught the ball behind the three-point arc and drained an open trey from the right wing to push the lead to seven.
Then after a missed shot by Stumbo, Moore got the ball down low on the right block with three seconds left and put up a shot. While the shot caromed off of the back of the rim, the 6-7 sophomore beat all comers to the middle of the paint, grabbed his own miss, and put a layup back in as time expired to give Shawnee State a huge 38-29 advantage at halftime.
That bucket and subsequent nine-point advantage would only fuel the fire for the Bears in the second half as Shawnee State went on a 9-0 tilt to begin the frame behind four points from Carter and Dante Dunston to allow the Bears to go on a sizzling 14-0 run from the 1:12 mark in the first half to the 15:46 mark in the second frame.
From there, Alice Lloyd would get no closer than a dozen points over the rest of the way, as Tingle, Carter, and Nick Gouch would combine to score 20 of the Bears' next 25 points to help put the Eagles to rest.
Tingle's 16-point, 14-rebound performance marks the senior's first double-double of the season. The 6-6 forward came just one point off of his career high of 17 points set against Life (Ga.) on February 5 of the calendar year.
Overall, Tingle and Carter – both natives of Clayton, Ohio – combined for 31 of the Bears' 72 points scored on the evening. Gouch would add 11 points and six boards on the night – with nine and four of those, respectively, coming in the second half.
Shawnee State will obtain eight days of rest before the Bears open December with a huge rematch against rival Rio Grande, as Shawnee State will look to avenge a 65-61 loss at the Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium back on Nov. 10. The contest, which is set for Dec. 2, is slated for an 8 p.m. tipoff at the Newt Oliver Arena in Rio Grande.