PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Basketball) – SSU started off strong from the offensive end, going on a 9-4 run to start the game and Shawnee State never looked back, as they went on to defeat the Running Eagles of Life University by a score of 83-75 on Saturday evening at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
The Bears were led by Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio), who had a phenomenal night, scoring 25 points and hitting some crucial free throws to close out the contest.
The Bears came out of the gate hot, as Carter hit a three to start the game. Shawnee State stretched their lead to 24-14 at the 11 minute mark, thanks to Seth Young (SR/Franklin, Ohio)'s back-to-back triples. The Bears were shooting an efficient 62 percent from the field with nine minutes remaining in the half.
Carter hit four free-throws in a row to end the half, as SSU led, 83-75. Shawnee finished the first half shooting 57 percent as a team and limited the opposing Running Eagles to a shooting percentage of 30 percent.
Shawnee State increased their lead to 19 with 10:29 remaining in the game, thanks to a deep triple and quick transition bucket from Blake Yates (SO/Lucasville, Ohio).
SSU saw their lead shrink to four with 53 seconds remaining in the game. Thanks to four clutch free throws from Carter, Shawnee State was able to pull away for the final time. Shawnee State made the most of their opportunities in the second half scoring 12 second chance points.
Frederick Moore finished the game with 11 points, as the Bears moved to a record of 14-13 and 8-7 in Mid-South Conference play.
The Shawnee State men's basketball team will return to action next Tuesday on the road against Davis & Elkins College. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. at the McDonnell Center for Health.