PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State men’s basketball rallied from down five at halftime but couldn’t hold a slim lead, falling to (RV) Mount Vernon Nazarene 73-66 on Saturday evening.
The Bears were plagued by turnovers and offensive rebounds, allowing Mount Vernon to shoot 11 more shots overall. Shawnee State would trail for most of the first half, by at one point as many as nine points.
Selby Hind-Wills and Frederick Moore were both assessed technical fouls in the first half, with Mount Vernon hitting all four free throws, contributing to a five point lead.
Shawnee State would get off to a hot start in the second half as two threes from Jayllen Carter and a three from J Murrell would give the Bears a 40-39 lead. Shawnee State would lead by four with 12:33 left to go, but Mount Vernon would counter quickly to retake the lead and would not trail the rest of the way.
Jayllen Carter had a game-high 21 points to lead the Bears. J Murrell added 14 points, and Jacob Daniels had 10.
Mount Vernon had a balanced attack with five players in double digits, led by Josh Ashwill with 15. Trey McBride had 13, Deontae Cole and Brett Vipperman each had 12, and Joey Schmitz added 10.
With the loss, Shawnee State drops back below .500 with a 6-7 record. Mount Vernon Nazarene, who are receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Coaches’ Poll, improve to 11-3.
The Bears are off until Friday, Dec. 30, when they travel to Columbus to take on Ohio Dominican University (NCAA-II). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Jonathon Loughridge is the Sports Information Director at Shawnee State University.