Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State men's basketball rallied from a halftime deficit, but would fall late to #10 Pikeville 63-57.
Pikeville would lead for most of the first half, with a Trey Rakes three pointer pushing the lead to 17-7, but Shawnee State would come back to tie the game 22-22 with 5:01 remaining in the half. Pikeville would retake the lead by halftime, but SSU would keep the game within reach at 36-32 at the break.
After trading baskets early in the second half, back-to-back threes from Corey Benton (FR/Columbus, Ohio) and Frederick Moore (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) would give Shawnee State a 42-38 lead with 16:18 to go. Shawnee State would push the lead to as many as five before Pikeville would rally to re-take the lead.
Another Shawnee rally would tie the game at 53 with 4:03 remaining. Jayllen Carter (JR/Portsmouth, Ohio) would hit two free throws and a runner in the lane to give SSU a 57-56 lead with 1:36 to go, but the baskets would dry up and Pikeville would hit seven free throws to retake the lead and close the game.
Pikeville's Jordan Perry led all scorers with 21 points. Michael Lewis had 15 and Trey Rakes chipped in with 11.
With the loss, Shawnee State falls to 7-14 and are 0-9 in the Mid-South Conference. Pikeville improve to 19-5 and are 5-4 in the league.
Shawnee State are back in action on Tuesday evening when they host Rio Grande at 8:00pm. Tuesday's game has been designated as William Carey University Night at Shawnee State. All gate proceeds from the game will be donated to helping William Carey, a fellow NAIA member institution, rebuild their campus after an EF-3 tornado caused widespread damage, including heavy damage to athletic facilities. Donations will also be accepted throughout the night.