Portsmouth – Shawnee State men’s basketball held a halftime lead but couldn’t hold off Cumberland (Tenn.), falling 79-67 on Thursday night.
The Bears would trail for most of the first half before a late 14-4 run to close the first half would give the Bears a 38-36 lead at halftime. However, Cumberland would go on a 12-3 run in the first six minutes of the second half to take the lead back for good, keeping Shawnee State at arms’ length. SSU would cut the lead to three with 4:55 to go, but could draw no closer as Cumberland free throws would seal a Phoenix win.
Frederick Moore led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Shawnee State. Jayllen Carter had 13 points, and Tamal Watkins added 12.
A balanced Cumberland attack was led by Cameron Johnson and Diondrey Holt, Jr., who each had 15 points. Rhyan Townes added 13 and Jamonte Graham 11.
With the loss, Shawnee State falls to 7-11 and are 0-6 in the Mid-South Conference. Cumberland improves to 9-9, and are now 2-4 in the league.
The Bears play again on Saturday, January 21st when they host (RV) Lindsey Wilson. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00pm.