MARIETTA, Ga. (Men's Basketball) – Despite double figures scoring from Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio), Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) and Jacob Daniels (JR/Peebles, Ohio), the Shawnee State men's basketball team was limited to just 41 percent shooting in the second half, as the Bears were defeated, 74-64, at the hands of Life University on Saturday afternoon in Mid-South Conference play.
The Bears (5-5, 1-2 Mid-South) saw the matchup tied at halftime – evening the score on a trio of free throws from Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) in the closing seconds – and the teams exchanged buckets during the opening minutes of the second period.
It was an 8-0 spurt from the 13-minute mark and lasting over the next three and a half minutes by the Running Eagles which would give control to the home squad.
Shawnee State was able to cut the deficit to as few as six, but could never get closer, as Life connected on six-straight free throws in the closing minute to bring the score to its final, 74-64.
Tingle and Daniels led the way for the Bears scoring, each tallying 12 points – including a 6-of-7 shooting performance from Daniels – and Moffatt added 10. Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) and Conor Markins (FR/Ironton, Ohio) each scored nine points.
The Bears were successful on 13-of-24 attempts in the first half, but connected on just 12-of-29 in the second to see the tie score dissipate. SSU also turned the ball over 24 times, compared to just 11 from the Running Eagles.
Shawnee State now readies for the 32 Annual Ivanhoes Classic over the weekend on the campus of Taylor University. The Bears will face off against Clarke University on Friday at 8:30 p.m., with the Saturday matchup still to be determined.