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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