Junior Mark Bryant (Milford, OH) drained a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the game into overtime; however the 20th-ranked University of the Cumberlands would be too much for Shawnee State in the extra period as the Patriots would take the 80-71 victory. Shawnee State falls to 10-17 overall and 4-11 in the MSC. The Patriots improve to 16-10 and 8-6 in conference play.
After a slow start offensively for both teams, freshman Austin Vance (Lenore, WV) got the Bears on the board on an assist by junior Tyler Boyles (Raceland, OH). After exchanging baskets, Flynn Clayman gave the Patriots their first lead, 5-4, on a 3-pointer.
The two teams would battle back-and-forth with seven ties and four lead changes early in the game. Vance tied the game at 14 with a pair of free throws with 6:32 left in the first half; however the University of the Cumberlands would out score the Bears 14-5 to take a 28-19 halftime lead.
The Patriots would continue to extend their lead in the second half as they captured their largest lead of the game, 42-29, with just over 12 minutes left in regulation. Shawnee State would battle back and cut the deficit to 47-41, but the Patriots would score four unanswered points expanding their lead back to 10.
Trailing 61-48 with 4:45 remaining Shawnee State would go on a 9-0 run, which was capped off by a lay-up by Bryant with 2:01 left in the game to cut the lead to four. The Patriots' Cedric Vaughn ended the draught making 1-of-2 free throws.
Back-to-back baskets by junior Tyler Morgan (Hamersville, OH) cut the Patriots lead to 62-61 with 18 seconds left regulation. On the other end of the court, Zavion Neely hit two free throws to extend the University of the Cumberlands lead to three with 16 seconds remaining. At the buzzer, Bryant drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to send in the game into overtime.
In overtime, Shawnee State struggled offensively, missing their first four shots and shooting only 20 percent in the extra period. The Patriots opened overtime on an 8-0 run before junior Jeremy Bennington's lay-up with 2:39 remaining. The University of the Cumberlands would maintain the three possession lead all of overtime and go on to win 80-71.
Morgan led all-scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bryant added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Five Patriots scored double-figures and were led by Neely's 15 point performance. Clayman finished with 14 points, while Patrico Leadon scored 11. Markeith Cungious and Matt Daniel each scored 10 points for the Patriots.
Shawnee State shot 39 percent from the field and a dismal 24 percent from beyond the arc. The Patriots shot 46 percent in the game and made nine 3-pointers for 41 percent. At the line, the Bears went 23-for-40 for 58 percent, while University of the Cumberlands made 17 free throws for 50 percent.
Shawnee State travels to West Virginia Tech on Thursday, February 23 for a non-conference contest with the men's game to begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Bears then close out the regular season at rival Rio Grande on Saturday, February 25. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.