Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State men's basketball are on the road this weekend, traveling to Mount Vernon, Ohio to participate in the Cougar Homecoming Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Bears will face #9 IU-East on Friday afternoon, with Saturday's opponent to be determined. Then, Shawnee State will travel to Chillicothe, Ohio to take on Ohio University-Chillicothe.
The Bears have opened the season with a 1-1 record. Shawnee State won their home opener against Miami-Middletown 95-79 on October 28th, but fell on October 29th to (RV) Ohio Christian 79-72.
IU-East are ranked ninth in the NAIA Division II Coaches' Preseason Poll, and are 4-0 to start the season. The Red Wolves defeated Midway (Ky.) 76-59 on Tuesday night.
Depending on the result of Friday's game, Shawnee State will play either Lourdes (Ohio) or (RV) Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio). The Cougars are 4-0 entering Friday, while Lourdes are 1-3.
Ohio-Chillicothe are currently 1-2 entering the weekend. They defeated Clark State (Ohio) 76-58 on Tuesday night for their first win of the season.
This is the first ever game between IU-East and Shawnee State. IU-East joined the NAIA in 2007.
Frederick Moore (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) has led Shawnee State in the early going, averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds through the first two games. The Bears have three other players in double figures, including Portsmouth native Jayllen Carter (JR/Portsmouth, Ohio) (17.5), Jacob Daniels (SR/Peebles, Ohio) (17.5), and Tamal Watkins (FR/Columbus, Ohio) (16.0).
IU-East are led by Lucas Huffman, who is averaging 19 points per game thus far. Jacoby Claypool has added 10.8 points per game for the Red Wolves.
Tipoff between the Red Wolves and Bears is scheduled for 3:00pm in Mount Vernon. Game time for Saturday's match is to be announced pending the results of Friday's games. You can watch live through Mount Vernon Nazarene's Stretch Internet portal at the following link: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/mvnu/.
Tipoff for Sunday's game against OU-Chillicothe is set for 3:00pm.