PORTSMOUTH, OH – Facing a tough Bears squad receiving votes in the NAIA polls, the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers played 25 solid minutes of basketball on Tuesday night. Following a bucket by Keason Lowe (JR/Grove City, OH) at the 15:49 mark in the second half that cut the deficit to four, Shawnee State went on a tear, outscoring the Trailblazers 47-17 down the stretch in the 96-62 loss for OCU.
Ohio Christian played quality basketball in the opening 20 minutes, holding a strong Bears' offense to only 38 points while also going 9-12 from the free throw line. It was after a slow start to the second half that Shawnee State found their groove, turning turnovers into points and finishing with 13 second half assists.
Ben Casey (SO/West Jefferson, OH) led the Trailblazers offensively, tallying 17 points on 8-11 shooting. Juan Woods (SO/Pickerington, OH) and Devon Miller (FR/Grove City, OH) also finished in double figures with 13 and 12 respectively. Three Trailblazers tied in the rebounding column with five a piece.
"Our guys really fought hard and executed for 24 minutes," said Head Coach Casey Coons. "Against a good team like Shawnee State, that won't get it done. I am proud of our growth from game one to game two, but we have to keep growing in our ability to maintain effort and focus."
Now standing at 0-2, Ohio Christian will travel to face Goshen College at the University of Rio Grande on Friday night. Tip time is set for 5:30 PM.
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