PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – When the Shawnee State men's basketball team tips off against Life University at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, it will be the final contest for seven seniors in the Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Prior to the tip, those seven players – Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio), Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas), Seth Young (SR/Franklin, Ohio), Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio), Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.), George Hill (SR/Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio) – will be honored for respective careers donning the Shawnee State navy and gray. The Bears will also pay homage to one other member of the senior class, the late Sean Elliott, who passed away in June in a car accident.
Shawnee State enters the contest versus the Running Eagles currently sitting in fourth place in the Mid-South Conference standings with a 7-7 conference mark (13-13, overall). Life comes in just behind the Bears at 6-6 in MSC play, with a 15-9 overall record.
The Bears are led in scoring by a trio of seniors in Carter, Tingle and Dunston. Carter is SSU's top scorer at 12.7 points per contest, while Tingle and Dunston contribute 11 and 10.4, respectively. Tingle leads the Bears, collecting 7.1 rebounds per game.
Life is led by Dalarian Williams, who is scoring 19.1 points per game, which ranks second in the Mid-South and 19th in the NAIA. The Running Eagles are third in the MSC in points per game, putting up 87.29 each contest.
Shawnee State ranks second in the Mid-South and ninth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 68.08 points per game. The Bears have won three of their last four contests and boast an 8-4 record in Portsmouth this season.
With two games remaining in Mid-South Conference play, the Bears are looking for their best regular-season finish since joining the MSC, a fifth place finish in 2012-13. With a pair of wins, SSU could finish as high as third place.