Shawnee State men’s basketball were thwarted again on Thursday night, losing their fifth straight to #18 Cumberlands 63-60 in overtime.
Shawnee State controlled the first half, limiting Cumberlands (Ky.) to 23% total field goal percentage. With 14:12 remaining in the first half the Bears went on a 12-0 run taking a 19-5 lead. The Patriots did not go quietly however, storming back and cutting Shawnee’s lead to 29-22 at the half. Frederick Moore was leading the Bears with 12 points at the half.
The second quarter featured a reoccurring narrative for the Bears as they watched their lead diminish. With 12:18 remaining in the game Eddie Tornes drained a three giving the Patriots their first lead of the game 39-36. Shawnee State would not go quietly with 8:48 left in regulation Corey Benton received a pass from Bryan Rolfe and scored allowing Shawnee to reclaim a 41-40 lead. The half concluded with back-to-back threes from Cumberlands’ Bernard Samuel and Frederick Moore. Shawnee State had a chance to win at the end of regulation but couldn’t convert, sending the game to overtime tied at 55.
The Bears were unable to put away the visitors as the Patriots scored to start the overtime and never looked back. SSU trailed by three with fifteen seconds remaining in the game and threw up two shots as time expired, but neither would fall and the Bears’ hopes would be sunk.
Moore finished as the leading scorer for Shawnee State posting 21 points and ten rebounds earning him a double-double. Jacob Daniels and Jayllen Carter each contributed 10 points, as a team the Bears shot 43 percent from the field.
Kelsley Wilkinson had a game-high 25 points for Cumberlands. Eddie Tornes had 14 and Samuel Bernard added 10.
With the loss, Shawnee State falls to 7-13, and are 0-8 in the Mid-South Conference. Cumberlands improves to 18-4 and are 5-3 in the league.
Shawnee State remains at home Saturday, January 28th, where they will take on Pikeville. The game is set to tip-off at 4 p.m.