WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (Men's Basketball) – Despite seeing an eight-point lead with 1:23 remaining in the contest fall by the wayside, the Shawnee State men's basketball team got a fall away jumper from Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) with just seconds remaining to lift the Bears to a 67-65 victory over the University of the Cumberlands on Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.
The Bears (10-9, 4-3 Mid-South) lead came in impressive fashion during the second half, as SSU turned a four-point halftime deficit into a lead in just three minutes – one which would never be surrendered back to the Patriots (11-7, 4-3).
Shawnee State was aided in the second half by the post presence of Frederick Moore (SO/Cincinnati, Ohio), who finished with a team-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds. Moore finished 8-of-15 from the field.
In addition, Carter added 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including the bucket in the closing moments to put the Bears on top for the final time.
The Bears built a lead in the final ten minutes of the contest with lockdown defense, which saw the Patriots score just nine points over that time span. Buckets from Carter and Moore pushed the Bears ahead 62-56 with 4:23 showing on the clock.
SSU took its biggest advantage of the game when Carter connected from three at the 2:50 mark to make it 65-57. Over the closing minutes, UC would climb back in thanks to five-straight points from Xavier Owens, before a triple from D'Lando Carter locked the game with 12 seconds remaining.
Shawnee State limited the Patriots to just 42 percent from the field, including a 9-for-26 mark in the second half. SSU – on the other hand – connected on 16-of-34 attempts in the second stanza.
The Bears return to action Saturday, squaring off against the top-ranked University of Pikeville at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Updates to the contest will be available as they occur on SSUBears.com.