BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team got 15 points from Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) and 11 from Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio), but the Bears could not overcome an early first half deficit en route to a 69-55 loss at the hands of NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night at Rockefeller Arena.
The Bears connected on 46 percent of its shots, but could only convert on 3-of-12 attempts from the three point line in the game. Meanwhile the Bobcats – who made a similar 46.7 percent from the field – hit 8-of-18 attempts from behind the arc, while committing just nine turnovers.
Despite an early back-and-forth, Shawnee State saw West Virginia Wesleyan extend out to a 15-point advantage with 7:15 remaining in the first half. The Bears responded right back, using a 12-2 advantage over the final six minutes to send the game to the locker room at 31-26 in favor of the Bobcats.
The Bears would never get the contest closer than those five points. WV Wesleyan extended out to 12 in the opening three minutes and never looked back, leading by 10-plus for much of the second half.
When the dust settled, SSU fell at the 69-55 result. Shawnee State won the rebounding battle, 28-27, but tallied just 12 assists compared to 18 from the Bobcats. Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) added 10 points for the Bears.
West Virginia Wesleyan's Tanner McGraw led all scorers with 21 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds for the double double. Garrett Grantham added 17 for the home squad.
Shawnee State returns to action Sunday, squaring off against another Division II squad in Ashland University. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.