CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team connected on just 27-of-72 attempts from the field and Hagen Tyler connected for 27 points, as No. 18 Campbellsville University took down the Bears, 84-72, on Thursday night in Mid-South Conference action at the J.K. Powell Athletic Center.
Shawnee State (10-10, 4-4 Mid-South) was led by Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.), who finished with a team-high 14 points to go with six rebounds – while Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) scored 10 and grabbed seven caroms – but the Bears were unable to ever find a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball.
The two squads went back-and-forth for the opening nine minutes, before a three pointer from Conor Markins (FR/Ironton, Ohio) and a deuce from J. Murrell (SO/Columbus, Ohio) extended a Bears' lead out to 21-15 by the 10:08 mark.
The Tigers (18-5, 5-4 Mid-South) responded with a 29-11 run over the remainder of the first half to retake the lead and go up by 12 at the break. A triple from Tyler with seven seconds remaining sent the game to the locker room at 44-32 in favor of the home squad.
Shawnee State rallied back quickly in the second half, cutting the deficit to two on a Moffatt three-pointer near the 14-minute mark.
Campbellsville kept pushing the advantage back near double-digits before, with 6:54 remaining, Murrell connected on a three to make it 65-63. The Bears would never get closer, as CU responded with a 5-0 spurt.
Shawnee State won the rebounding battle, 43-28, including 15 offensive boards, but was the victim of 17 turnovers and 24 fouls, compared to just 12 from the Tigers.
SSU is back in action on Saturday, when the squad travels to St. Catharine to take on the Patriots at Lourdes Hall. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at Lourdes Hall.