RIO GRANDE, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team fell into a 15-1 deficit five minutes into the contest and never recovered, as the Bears were defeated 86-53 at the hands of the University of Rio Grande on Wednesday evening at Newt Oliver Arena.
Rio Grande (7-4), extended the lead even further in the next five minutes, pushing ahead 34-6 by the 9:35 mark. The Bears (5-4) were able to find some offense in the closing minutes, but unable to cut significantly into the deficit, trailing 46-23 at the break.
Frederick Moore (SO/Cincinnati, Ohio) finished the game with a double-double – his first of the season – closing the contest with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) led the Bears in scoring with 14, while Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) and Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) added nine and eight points, respectively.
Rio Grande's D.D. Joiner led all scorers with 16 points, as one of four RedStorm players in double figures. Dwayne Bazemore notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Rhodes and Kevonta Black scored 11 and 10 more points for the home squad.
Shawnee State struggled mightily in the opening half from the field, connecting on just 6-of-32 attempts for a .188 shooting percentage. The RedStorm, meanwhile, connected on 18-of-36 to open up the lead. SSU finished 19-of-63 in the game.
The Bears did not make a three pointer in the game, ending up 0-for-10 from beyond the arc. They added 15-of-32 from the charity stripe.
SSU is back in action over the weekend, returning to Mid-South Conference action versus Life University on Saturday. The Bears sit at 1-1 in MSC play, as do the Running Eagles. Tip-off from Marietta, Ga., is slated for 4 p.m.