FRANKFORT, KY (Men's Basketball) – The Shawnee State men's basketball team was unable to complete a strong second half comeback, falling to Campbellsville University by a score of 74-70 in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament on Friday night at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Dante Dunston (SR/Dallas, Texas) led the Bears in scoring with 18 points. SSU owned the offensive boards, grabbing a total of 22 offensive rebounds, but the Bears could not get the second chance baskets to fall finishing with a 38 percent shooting clip.
Shawnee State fell behind 8-2 to start the game. The Bears called a timeout and were able to regroup, going on a quick 7-0 run and taking their only lead of the game, by a score of 9-8. Campbellsville answered and retook the lead stretching it to seven with 7:42 remaining in the first half.
Nick Tingle (SR/Clayton, Ohio) was able to cut the deficit to three at the 5:52 mark and Blake Yates (SO/Lucasville, Ohio) reduced it to two with 2:59 remaining in the half, but each time the Tigers had an answer going on a 11-4 run to end the half. At halftime the Bears were trailing by a score of 39-30. Shawnee State out-rebounded their opponents 26-17 in the first half of play.
SSU came out of the half with a purpose, as baskets from Tingle and Nick Gouch (SR/Columbus, Ohio) sparked the offense and a deep three from Yates had the Bears three points away from the lead. The Tigers held on to the lead and were able to stretch their lead back to 10 with 10:36 remaining in the game.
The Bears' deficit hovered around six or seven for a majority of the second half, until the final minutes. Triples from Yates and Ethan Moffatt (SR/Somerville, Tenn.) had the Bears just three points behind the Tigers with four seconds remaining. Shawnee State was unable to prevent the inbounds pass and had to intentionally foul. SSU fell by a final score of 74-70.
Yates finished with 15 points, while Tingle (13) and Moffatt (13) also finished in double-figure point totals. Tingle finished with a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds.