Lebanon, Tenn. – Shawnee State men’s basketball finished the regular season strong, toppling Cumberland (Tenn.) 87-74 on Saturday evening.
The Bears would trail for much of the first half, at one point by as many as seven as the Phoenix would build a 27-20 lead with 9:38 remaining in the period. However, Shawnee State would chip away at that lead, and would take the lead on a Jacob Daniels layup and free throw with 5:21 to the half. The Bears would keep hold of this lead and have a 41-39 advantage at the break.
The second half opened all Bears as Shawnee State would go on an 8-0 run to build their lead to 49-39. That run would build out to a 13-1 run as the Bears would continue to build their lead out to 54-40. The SSU lead would peak at 18 with 8:46 remaining in the game on another Jacob Daniels layup, and Shawnee State would weather the Cumberland pressure for the rest of the night to walk out of the Dallas Floyd Center as 13-point winners.
Frederick Moore would lead Shawnee State with 21 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort. The balanced SSU attack also saw Jayllen Carter drop 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including three made three pointers. Corey Benton chipped in with 16 off the bench, Tamal Watkins had 14 and Jacob Daniels added 12.
Diondrey Holt, Jr. led all scorers on the night with 29 points to lead Cumberland. Marquel Hickerson added 16 as the only other Phoenix player in double figures.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 9-18 on the year, and are now 2-12 in the Mid-South Conference. Cumberland fall to 12-14, and are 5-9 in the league.
Shawnee State will begin their postseason on Friday afternoon when they play Mid-South Conference Champions Life in the MSC tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00pm.