LEBANON, Tenn. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball trailed for 34-straight minutes at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center, but the Bears used an 11-0 run from the 4:38 mark in the second half to take down Cumberland University, 63-61, on Thursday night in Mid-South Conference play.
Trailing 59-51 at the 4:38 mark, Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) connected for a three pointer and Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) followed with back-to-back triples as the Bears (12-13, 6-7 Mid-South) forced CU turnovers on three straight possessions to turn the eight-point deficit into a one point lead.
Following a missed triple from Cumberland's (10-14, 3-8 Mid-South) Will Shelton, Carter connected on a pair from the charity stripe and – after a bucket from the Pheonix and an SSU turnover – Moffatt grabbed a rebound off a miss from Marquel Hickerson in the closing seconds to put the game on ice.
Carter finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Ethan Moffatt tallied 12 for the Bears. Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) added nine and Frederick Moore (SO/Cincinnati, Ohio) connected for eight.
Shawnee State found itself in a 14-point first half deficit in the first 10 minutes of the game, as Cumberland caught fire from behind the arc. The Phoenix connected on its first six three-point attempts en route to an 8-of-12 effort in the first half.
At the break, Shawnee State had cut the deficit down to 10, heading into the locker room trailing, 38-28.
The Bears would keep the contest within striking distance for much of the second half, but were unable to put a real dent into the lead until that final spurt. SSU went 4-of-8 from three-point range in the second half to get back into the contest.
The Phoenix would only attempt two three-pointers in the second half, failing to connect on either one. SSU finished the game 25-of-55 from the field, while CU ended 22-of-36.
Shawnee State committed just six turnovers in the contest, compared to 16 from the Phoenix, while the rebounding was nearly even, at 24-23 in favor of the home squad.
SSU now returns to action with a contest versus Lindsey Wilson on Saturday. Tip-off from the Biggers Sports Center is slated for 5 p.m. CT.