PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team limited the NAIA's most prolific offense to just 32.3 percent shooting while connecting on 36-of-62 attempts from the field, as the Bears knocked off No.1-ranked Georgetown College, 91-71 on Thursday night at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
The Bears (8-8, 2-2MSC) connected on seemingly every big shot of the night, as Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) led the way with 16 points. Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) added 15, while Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) and Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio) each connected for 13. Fred Moore tallied 11 points off the bench as the fifth Bear in double figures.
The contest was in hand from essentially the opening tip as SSU jumped out to an 8-1 lead before pushing ahead 23-12 with 6:25 remaining in the first half. A layup from Moore at the four-minute mark ballooned the lead to 16, the largest of the opening stanza.
Georgetown (14-1, 3-1) fought back in the closing minutes to cut the deficit to four with 1:22 to play, but a quick 7-0 spurt – culminating with a triple from J. Murrell (SO/Columbus, Ohio) – pushed it back to 11. The Bears headed into the locker room with a nine point advantage, 37-28.
The second half featured more of the same, as Shawnee State continued to dictate the tempo en route to a 62-42 lead with 11:51 to play.
From there, the Bears were able to stave off any major run from the visiting Tigers, never seeing the lead drop below 17.
Georgetown entered the contest scoring 105.8 points per game, surpassing the 100-mark in 10-of-14 victories. The Bears were tenacious on the defensive end, limiting the Tigers to just 21-of-65 shooting and 3-of-16 behind the three point line.
SSU won the battle on the glass, 47-39, collecting 34 defensive boards. Eight caroms from Tingle and Moffatt led the way, while Murrell and Moore each grabbed six.
The victory for the Bears marked the second victory over a top-ranked team in the last two seasons. SSU defeated No. 1 Campbellsville University on Jan. 24 last season. That same contest marked the last time Shawnee State defeated any ranked opponent.
Shawnee State now turns attention to No. 15 Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 14. The Bears and Blue Raiders are set to square off at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Waller Gymnasium.