PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – Shawnee State struggled early on in the contest, but thanks to some offensive firepower provided by Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) and Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio), the Bears were able to defeat the University of the Cumberlands, 72-65, Thursday evening at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Tingle led the team with 16 points fighting hard to the rim, while the Bears went on an extended 21-10 run from the 11:42 mark in the first half. During this run, Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) contributed five points.
The Bears trailed early, as the Patriots converted from deep in the first half, connecting on five triples before the break.
As the final minutes of the half approached Shawnee came to life and went on a run to take the lead, 29-27. Dante Dunston floated in a lay-up as time expired in the first half to put the Bears ahead by two.
Out of the half the Bears broke out on a 5-0 run in the first two minutes to stretch the lead to seven. Dunston capped the run, getting a bucket and drawing a foul to put Shawnee State up, 34-27, with 17:32 remaining
The Bears closed the game in exciting fashion thanks to Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio). At the 7:31 mark Gouch turned a quick rip of UC's Taylor Gover into an easy dunk; the senior guard then forced a turnover on an offensive foul by Temjae Singleton. Less than 30 seconds later, J. Murrell (SO/Columbus, Ohio) intercepted a pass and got the outlet to Gouch who threw another one home, putting the Bears up 58-47.
The Patriots were able to bring the contest back within one, but SSU answered with a 10-1 run in the closing minutes to put the game away.
The Bears will resume play this Saturday against the no. 4 University of Pikeville. The game is scheduled for an 4 p.m. start at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.