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Shawnee State knocks off #12 ranked Huntington

December 30, 2009
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Dec. 30, 2009


Story courtesy of Shawnee State Sports Information


After falling to NCAA Division I Detroit on Dec. 28, the Shawnee State (Ohio) Bears bounced back as they knocked off #12 ranked Huntington (Ind.) University to win their fourth game of the season (Dec. 29). Improving to 4-11 on the year, Shawnee State won 83-77. 


It was a back and forth battle and the Bears were within one point with seven minutes to go in the first half, but Huntington finished the half on a 19-12 run to tally a 44-36 halftime lead.  The Bears battled back and took their second lead of the game on a 3-pointer by sophomore Ian Nixson with 13:57 left in the second half.  The Bears stretched their lead to as much 13 but Huntington fought back and cut the lead to four with under a minute remaining in regulation.  The Bears hit six free throws in the final minute and freshman Tyler Morgan pulled down two key rebounds to secure the win for the Bears. 


The Bears had a balanced offense as eight Bears found themselves in the scoring column, five tallying double figures.  Nixson led the Bears with 17 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor, and hitting some key baskets in the second half.  Freshman Mark Bryant came off the bench to scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal.  Junior Keelyn Franklin added 15 points for the Bears.  Morgan tallied his fifth double-double of the season as he scored 13 points and pulled down a game high 14 rebounds.  Freshman Tyler Boyles added 11 points, five rebounds, and two blocks for the Bears.


Kellen Zawadzki led five Foresters in double figures as he tallied a game high 21 points, including five 3-pointers.  Tyler Shively had 15 points, while Bobby Jolliff added 14 points.  Caleb Kennedy and Luke Smith added 12 points and 11 points, respectively.


Both teams shot evenly from the floor as Shawnee State made 29-of-58 attempts for 50%, while Huntington went 30-for-62 for 48%.  From beyond the arc the Bears made 8-of-12 3-pointers for 67%. The Foresters made 10-of-21 for 48%.  At the line the Bears made 17-of-27 attempts for 63%, while Huntington shot 7-for-10 for 70%.


Shawnee State returns to action on Tuesday, January 5 as they host Houghton in a conference double-header.  The women's game begins at 6:00 p.m. with the men's game to follow.

Championship Information

NAIA DII Men's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DII (M)