The Shawnee State Bears (10-16, 4-10) could not handle the shooting from the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson (17-8, 9-4) as the Bears ended up on the short end losing 73-59.
The Bears struggled in the first half as they shot 38 percent from the field. Shawnee State only lead in the first half came at the 17:42 mark as Mark Bryant (Milford, OH) hit a 3-pointer and gave the Bears a 5-2 lead.
However, a 3-pointer from Lindsey Wilson's Chase Cox quickly tied the game and the Blue Raiders never gave Shawnee State a lead again. Lindsey Wilson hit another 3-pointer on the next possession giving them an 8-5 lead. The Blue Raiders continued their onslaught from beyond the arc as they hit 7-13 in the half, helping them extend their lead to 16 points.
Shawnee State struggled shooting from the field and shot 3-8 from beyond the arc. Lindsey Wilson shot 63 percent as the Bears found themselves down 41-25 at the half.
In the second half the Bears battled to comeback after finding themselves down by as many as 22. Down 51-65 with 3:48 remaining the Bears made it interesting. After free-throws from Austin Vance (Lenore, OH) and Jeremy Bennington (Blue Creek, OH) Shawnee State found themselves down only 10 with 2:47 remaining in the game, which would be the closest they would get before falling to the Blue raiders.
Three Shawnee State players scored in double-figures as Bryant lead the way with 15 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Morgan scored 12 points, seven rebounds and had three steals. Jeremy Bennington who came off the bench chipped in with 11 points.
For the game Shawnee State shot 36 percent from the field while Lindsey Wilson shot 26-52. The Bears struggled from outside as they shot 5-21 from the arc while the Blue Raiders made 9-24. From the free-throw line Shawnee State made 10-15 while Lindsey Wilson made 12-19.
The Bears return to action on Feb. 18 against 24th-ranked University of the Cumberlands in their home finale. Shawnee State will try to revenge a 78-65 defeat from Cumberlands earlier in the year.