ASHLAND, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team never led, and shot just 34 percent from the field, as Ashland University jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back in a 78-59 defeat over the Bears in nonconference action on Sunday afternoon at Kates Gymnasium.
The Bears (6-8) were led by Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas), who finished the contest with 16 points, including connecting on 9-of-12 attempts from the free throw line. Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) added 12 points, as the duo represented the lone SSU players in double figures.
The Eagles (9-1) jumped out to a 7-0 advantage in the first two-plus minutes, as Marsalis Hamilton connected on the first bucket of the game – a triple 25 seconds into the contest. Hamilton finished with a team-high 15 points for Ashland.
Along with Hamilton, Nick Bapst (14), Adrian Cook (13), and Torin Wetzel (10) each landed in double figures for the Eagles. No player on either team grabbed more than seven rebounds, though AU topped SSU on the glass, 38-29.
The Bears would hang around during the first half, tying the game once at the 11:15 mark following a pair of free throws from Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.), and again cut the deficit to one with as few as 4:54 remaining in the half.
Following that bucket – a triple from Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) – the Eagles concluded the half on an 11-0 run, sending the game to the locker room at 36-24 in favor of the home squad.
The second half allowed Ashland to run away with the contest, as the Eagles extended the advantage to as many as 22, while the Bears could only get the score inside double digits on one occasion.
Shawnee State will return to action on Dec. 29 – returning back to the friendly confines of Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium, following a six-game road trip that saw the Bears go just 1-5.
SSU will face off against Taylor University in Portsmouth with tip-off slated for 4 p.m.