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Shawnee State’s Delano Thomas Named National Coach Of The Year

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(BOSTON, MA) — Shawnee State head coach Delano Thomas is the recipient of the 2021 Don Meyer award.

Thomas led Shawnee State to the program’s first-ever NAIA title, defeating Lewis & Clark in the championship. The Bears finished the season with 27 straight wins and overall record of 31-2.

“What a job turned in by Delano Thomas,” said Joe Dwyer President of “He returned to the place where he played and has taken the program to new heights. Coach Thomas is a rising star in the profession.”

Having developed Shawnee State into a top-flight contender in less than four full seasons, DeLano Thomas took home Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year honors behind an incredible turnaround that has seen Shawnee State go 44-13 over its last 57 games.

The Don Meyer Award, which is presented annually to the top NAIA basketball coach, is named in honor of the one of the sport’s winningest coaches.

In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, he compiled an astounding 923-324 record. He led Lipscomb to the NAIA national championship in 1986 and coached the two highest-scoring players in the history of college basketball, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson. Also, his 1989-90 team at Lipscomb won a record 41 games and was the highest scoring team in college history. In 2010, he received the John Bunn Award at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Meyer retired from coaching in February 2010. Coach Meyer lost his long battle with cancer on May 18, 2014, at the age of 69.

Maughmer Named To NCCAA All American Team

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Photo Courtesy of Scott Huck, Cedarville University

(CEDARVILLE) – Cedarville University’s Branden Maughmer has been chosen a NCCAA Men’s Basketball All-American for the second consecutive year.

The 6-foot-3 junior guard from Chillicothe, Ohio was one of five players named to the First Team after being voted the Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Maughmer, who was a second team choice last winter, averaged team-highs of 16.2 points and 4.2 assists per game.

He topped the club with 38 steals, ranked second in rebounding (5.7), and shot .813 at the charity stripe. He also became the 56th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.

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Shawnee State Wins NAIA National Championship!!

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The Shawnee State University Bears made school history Tuesday, winning the NAIA National Championship 74-68 over Lewis-Clark State in their first trip to the (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Championship Game, held in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Bears were in control most of the game, building a 40-30 halftime lead and led by as many as 12 early in the second half. But late in the game, SSU held-off a rally by Lewis-Clark State, who cut the deficit to 65-62 with 1:37 left in the game.

SSU took care of their business with key free throws and clutch field goals to keep the Warriors at-bay to win the national championship.

Shawnee State had three players in double figures- led by James Jones’ double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Amier Gilmore with 14 and 10 from Miles Thomas. The Bears shot 25/60 from the field- including 11/28 from the arc for a total of 42%. They added 13/18 from the free throw line and grabbed a whopping 52 rebounds, which helped to overcome 17 turnovers.

Lewis-Clark State was led by Damek Mitchell’s 21 points. Two other Warriors were in double figures. LCS shot 24/69- including 10/32 from the arc for 35%. They added 10/15 at the charity stripe and grabbed 24 rebounds. They also committed only 5 turnovers.

After a (4-2) start to their season, the Shawnee State Bears finished on a 27 game winning streak that took them to (31-2) and the NAIA Championship, handing #3 ranked Lewis-Clark State only their second loss of the season (22-2).

Shawnee State Advances To NAIA National Championship Game With 82-77 Win Over St. Francis, Ind.

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The Shawnee State University Bears will play in the school’s first mens’ national championship basketball game Tuesday, after taking down Saint Francis, Indiana 82-77 in the NAIA Semifinal Monday night in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Bears will face #3 ranked Lewis Clark State (Idaho) at 8pm, Tuesday. They defeated SAGA, Texas 83-56. Shawnee State is Ranked 5th in NAIA.

SSU had four players in double figures led by Donoven Carlisle’s 19 points, followed by James Jones with 17, Kobie Johnson 14 and E.J. Onu with 10. Nine Bears players scored in the game. Saint Francis had four players in double figures with Antwaan Cushingberry leading with 22 points.

The Bears bench outscored Saint Francis’ bench 41-18.

Shawnee State shot 31/67 from the field- including 10/29 from the arc for 47% and added 10/15 at the foul line.

Saint Francis shot 29/79 from the field- including 13/31 from the arc for 37% and added 6/9 from the free throw line.

Both teams committed 10 turnovers.

Shawnee State improves to (30-2) and goes for the the NAIA crown at 8pm Tuesday.


Shawnee State University Headed To NAIA Basketball Final 4

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Despite trailing 33-32 at halftime, the Shawnee State University Bears outscored Jamestown, North Dakota 44-32 in the second half for a 76-65 NAIA Elite 8 Championship win, Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Bears now play Saint Francis, Indiana Monday in the National Semifinal, also in K.C.

The Bears’ James Jones poured in 31 points to lead all players while Miles Thomas added 10. Nine SSU players got into the scoring column with Donavon Carlisle adding 8 points. A.J. Onu grabbed 12 rebounds for Shawnee State.

Jamestown had three players in double figures, with Mason Walters leading the way in the loss with 20 points.

The Bears shot 28/66 from the field- including a chilly 4/21 from the three-point arc for total of 42%. They added 16/21 from the foul line and had 41 team rebounds while committing 11 turnovers.

Jamestown shot 25/61 from the field- including 5/23 from the arc for 41% and added 10/12 from the charity stripe. They committed 13 turnovers and grabbed 34 rebounds.

The Bears improve to (28-2) and are winners of 25 straight, advancing to the Final Four for the first time in SSU Mens’ Basketball history. It is the first appearance for Shawnee State University in the NAIA Basketball Final 4 since the women’s basketball team got there in 2010-11.

SSU will play Saint Francis, Indiana in the national semis, after advancing with an 89-81 win Saturday over Bethel, Indiana.