The men’s basketball program at Shawnee State collected yet another punctuation victory as the Bears put five players in double figures, outrebounded Campbellsville by a plus-31 margin (59-27), and shot 48.6 percent from the floor in a 86-57 demolition of the Tigers on Saturday evening at the Powell Athletic Center.
Shawnee State, who made 35 of its 72 shots from the field in Saturday’s contest, held Campbellsville to a 22-of-63 mark from the floor (34.8 percent). The Bears posted 12 assists to double Campbellsville’s total for the affair.
Shawnee State (14-5, 4-2 MSC), who only trailed once, 3-2, following a Taiveyhon Mason three-pointer on Campbellsville’s first offensive possession, took the lead back on an EJ Onu hook shot with 19 minutes to play in the opening half and never trailed from there on as the Bears reeled off 17 straight points in a row starting with Onu’s bucket to set a blistering pace en route to taking a 19-3 lead with 14:57 to play.
By that juncture, Jakiel Wells — well on his way to a career-high — already had eight points as the Tigers were held scoreless for 4:44 until a Jacob King jumper ended the drought with 14:36 to play in the opening half.
Campbellsville (13-6, 3-2 MSC) cut the lead to 21-10 later in the opening 20 minutes, but Ermias Nega responded by scoring eight of his 12 points during a 17-3 spurt that pushed the SSU lead to a massive 38-13 count with 6:24 to go in the opening half. The Bears, with its platoon system in full effect, only built on the cushion as Tim Biakapia scored seven of his nine points over the final six minutes, pushing the SSU lead to a monstrous 52-21 lead at the half. The Tigers never came any closer than 23 points the rest of the way as SSU’s first-half dominance proved to be too much.
For the contest, Wells scored his career-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and added in six rebounds to boot for the Bears, while Nega added in 14 points and six additional rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting from the field to put together a career-high of his own.
Elder (15 points, six rebounds, three steals, 6-of-10 shooting), Biakapia (11 points, six rebounds, three assists, 4-of-6 shooting) and Justin Johnson (10 points, four rebounds, 5-of-11 shooting) rounded out the double-figure scorers while Onu (eight points, six rebounds, three blocks) and Selby Hind-Wills (10 rebounds) added in strong work defensively in the win.
With the victory, SSU will turn its attention to a pivotal matchup against Pikeville on Thursday evening in Pikeville. Game time is set for 8 p.m.