SAINT CATHARINE, KY. (Men's Basketball) – Facing an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes, the Shawnee State men's basketball team rallied late, but came up just short as the final buzzer sounded. In a game that featured 10 lead changes, the Bears fell, 65-62, to St. Catharine on Saturday evening at Lourdes Hall.
Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) led the team in scoring with 21 points in a strong effort to go along with 15 points and three steals from Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio). The Bears shot just 39 percent in the contest, including connecting on just 11-of-35 attempts in the second half.
St. Catharine began the game on a 7-0 run, until Dunston opened the scoring for Shawnee State from long range with a three. The Bears went on to tie the game and take a brief one point lead after Carter hit a triple with 12:41 left on the clock.
A dramatic first half – featuring seven lead changes – concluded with Shawnee State clinging to a thin three-point lead off a Dunston field goal as time expired. Dunston led the half in points with a total of 13 while the Bears shot 50 percent from the field.
The second half was a story of offensive struggles for the bears as their shooting percentage dropped below 40 percent and St. Catharine claimed a 15-point lead
The Bears managed to fight back and ended up cutting the lead to three before running out of time. Dunston and Carter both came alive offensively to bring the Bears back, but Carter's game-tying triple could not find the mark as time expired.
Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) led the Bears in rebounds with six, as Shawnee State dropped to a record of 10-11, overall, and 4-5 in Mid-South Conference play.
The Shawnee State Men's basketball team will resume play against the currently No. 1-ranked University of Pikeville on Monday, Feb. 1. The contest is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.