ELKINS, W. Va. (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State basketball team got hot early, stayed hot, and never looked back, as the Bears earned an 88-73 victory over Davis & Elkins College in their final non-conference matchup of the season on Tuesday night at the McDonnell Center.
Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including a 3-of-4 performance from the three point line to pace five SSU players in double-figures. Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) notched 14 points, while Devon Carter (SR/Clayton, Ohio) tallied 11 and Blake Yates (SO/Lucasville, Ohio) and Frederick Moore (SO/Cincinnati, Ohio) each scored 10.
The Bears were tremendously accurate from the field, specifically in the first half, hitting 18-of-26 attempts for a blistering 69.2 percent, as the visiting squad jumped out to a 44-39 advantage headed into the break. Moffatt was 4-for-4 from the field in the first to lead the way with 10 points.
A bucket from Jordan McElveen to open the second half would bring the Senators to within three points and, at the 19:06 mark, Teron Owens connected from three to make it a two point game.
That would be the closest Davis & Elkins would ever come again.
Shawnee State used an 8-0 spurt on buckets from Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio) and Moffatt and a pair of free throws from the latter and Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas), surging ahead by 10 at the 15:15 mark.
Another run near deep into the half would prove the final push for the Bears, as SSU used a 16-4 run from the 6:26 mark down to 1:34 remaining in the game, extending the lead to 19 points to put the game out of reach.
SSU handled the rebounding battle, grabbing 39 caroms to just 27 from the Senators. Tingle led the way with eight boards while Yates grabbed seven and Moffatt snagged six. Carter notched five assists in the game.
Davis & Elkins was led by Owens – who tallied 20 points – and Edmund Parker, who scored 18. D&E forced 17 SSU turnovers while recording 12 of its own.
Shawnee State now has just one game remaining on the regular-season slate, traveling to No. 2 Georgetown with a chance at a season sweep over the Tigers. Game time from the Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium is slated for 8 p.m.