SSU men look to upset Georgetown


By Jonathon Loughridge - Associated Press



Shawnee State junior J. Murrell (11) battles a pair of Miami-Middletown players for a rebound during an October 28 contest in Portsmouth, Ohio.


SSU courtesy photo

PPORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State men’s basketball are in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Kentucky to take on second-ranked Georgetown College in Mid-South Conference play.

The Bears are 5-5 to start the season, and are 0-2 in the Mid-South so far. Shawnee State lost on the road to (RV) University of the Cumberlands 71-66 on Monday night. Corey Benton (FR/Columbus, Ohio) led SSU with a career-high 18 points in the loss.

Georgetown, ranked second in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, are 10-1 to start the year and 2-0 in the conference. The Tigers defeated #19 Pikeville 69-59 on Monday night.

Portsmouth native Jayllen Carter (JR/Portsmouth, Ohio) has led Shawnee State so far, averaging 14.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game. Frederick Moore (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) has also been a big contributor, averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game. Shawnee State has two other players averaging double digit points, with Tamal Watkins (FR/Columbus, Ohio) averaging 12.2 and Jacob Daniels (SR/Peebles, Ohio) chipping in 11.5 per game.

Georgetown’s Quan Poindexter leads the Tigers with 16.2 points per game. Troy Steward has added 15.8 points per game, and Trent Gilbert 11.1. Chris Coffey’s 10.5 rebounds per game is the team high.

Shawnee State are 5-13 all-time against Georgetown, including a split last season. The Bears upset the then #1 ranked Tigers 91-71 on January 7th in Portsmouth, but lost the return trip on February 25th 79-66.

This weekend is also Georgetown College’s Lace It Up 4 Pediatric Cancer weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams participating. Both teams will be wearing gold shoestrings to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Georgetown College is encouraging and accepting donations of toys to be given to children at a local pediatric cancer ward.

Tipoff between the Bears and Tigers is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Jonathon Loughridge is the Sports Information Director at Shawnee State University.

Shawnee State junior J. Murrell (11) battles a pair of Miami-Middletown players for a rebound during an October 28 contest in Portsmouth, Ohio.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2016/12/web1_12.3-SSU-Murrell.jpgShawnee State junior J. Murrell (11) battles a pair of Miami-Middletown players for a rebound during an October 28 contest in Portsmouth, Ohio. SSU courtesy photo

By Jonathon Loughridge

Associated Press