PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State Bears came from behind in the second half to secure a 66-58 victory over the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders on Thursday night at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium in a game that featured seven ties and seven lead changes.
Two Bears finished in double-figures, Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) and Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio), who completed the game with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) contributed a team-high eight rebounds and four blocks as the Bears' defense held the Blue Raiders to just 35.5-percent shooting. Blake Yates (SO/Lucasville, Ohio) and Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) also added seven points apiece while Yates contributed a team-high five assists and Moffatt supplemented seven rebounds.
A pair of baskets by Nick Gouch and a smooth three-pointer by Devon Carter jump-started the Bears (9-8, 3-2) to an early 9-4 lead over Lindsey Wilson (11-6, 3-3) in a rather offensively slow first half. The lead would not last long, however, as the Blue Raiders would later nail two-straight triples to pull ahead, 17-14, midway through the period.
Lindsey Wilson would continue to score, as they built their lead to as high as nine points at a score of 26-17 with four minutes remaining in the half. Moments later, Gouch led the Bears back to within three points with a pair of lay-ups to bring the score to 26-23.
The Blue Raiders would extend the lead to seven again before Carter landed a mid-range jumper with seconds to go to get the Bears in to the locker room with some momentum, yet trailing 30-25.
The tempo of both teams picked up in the second half, as the Bears jumped out to a 33-30 advantage following an 8-1 run to open the period. Back and forth baskets by each team left them notched at 42-42 midway through the half. Shawnee State would go on to take a 46-45 lead on a long two-pointer by Conor Markins (FR/Ironton, Ohio).
A slim lead the rest of the way would prove to be enough for the Bears, as they closed out the game with late free throws to win their second-straight conference game at home with a final score of 66-58.
Shawnee State will next battle the Cumberland University Phoenix on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.