SSU men fall to Campbellsville 78-67

March 1, 2013

PDT Sports Report

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Fourth-seeded Campbellsville used a 12-2 run late in the game to separate from No. 5-seed Shawnee State en route to a 78-67 win in the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament today at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Tigers (20-11) avenged two regular season losses to the Bears and advanced into Saturday’s tournament semifinals against top-seeded Lindsey Wilson — who beat UVa.-Wise 85-62 earlier Friday.

Up 58-54 with 4:55 left in the game, the Tigers used the next 2:39 — thanks to Jordan Myers and Vernon Payne — to turn the four-point lead into a 14-point cushion. Myers and Payne combined to score 10 of the Tigers’ 12 points in the run.

Shawnee State (16-14) managed to cut the Campbellsville lead down to eight in the waning seconds, but could get no closer.

Shawnee State built a 37-30 halftime lead thanks to holding the Tigers to 37.9 percent (11-of-29) shooting in the half.

Despite trailing by seven at the half, Campbellsville showed signs of coming back in the final stages of the first half. The Tigers scored the last six points of the half to cut a 13-point deficit to single digits at the break.

Then, the Tigers outscored Shawnee State 19-3 in the first eight minutes of the second half to seize control. At the end of the run, Campbellsville led 49-40.

Shawnee State managed to cut the Tigers’ lead 56-54 only to have Campbellsville answer with the decisive run.

The Tigers shot nearly 61 percent from the floor after intermission, including making 7-of-11 3-pointers. Campbellsville ended the game outshooting the Bears 48.1 percent (25-of-52) to 36.2 percent (21-of-58).

Myers led all scores with 25 points — 22 in the second half. Justin Ennis chipped in 11 points and Addison Smith and Darius Clement added 10 each.

Andrew Devlin led the Bears with 18 points. Ian Nixson and Jeremy Bennington added 10 apiece.

The Bears lose Jeremy Bennington, Mark Bryant, Ian Nixson, Tyler Boyles and Tyler Morgan to graduation.

Mid-South Conference Communications contributed to this report.