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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Shenandoah University men's basketball team used a seven-point run to start the second half and key a 68-48 victory over Millsaps (Miss.) on Saturday night in its final game of the Daytona Shootout.
The Hornets (6-3) won both of their games in the classic format tourney, which does not crown a team champion.
Leading by just one, 25-24 at the break, Shenandoah outscored the Majors (1-7) 14-4 in the initial five minutes of the second half to seize control of the contest.
Coach Rob Pryor's club started the stanza by sandwiching a Jared Carithers jumper in the lane around five points from CJ Rudisill, and after MC had a three-point play at the 17:00 minute mark, senior Avery Green scored eight of the game's next 12 points in dominating fashion.
Green had two 'and-ones' in the run that saw SU eventually extend its lead to 45-29 by the 13:00 minute mark.
The Majors were able to piece together a 5-0 run that made it 45-37 with 11:50 to go, but Pryor's club scored 16 of the game's next 24 points to make it 61-43 with 3:28 remaining and basically seal the victory.
The Hornets missed an excellent chance to pull away in the first half as Millsaps held SU without a field goal for the final 5:21 of the stanza.
Leading 23-19 following a Carithers 3-pointer at that 5:21 mark, Shenandoah scored just two points (on Eli McEathron and Jaylen Street free throws) in the remainder of the period.
The Majors scored five of the final six points of the half, but missed six field goals of their own and were 5 of 8 from the charity stripe.
Carithers led the victors with a game-high 21 points with Green adding 17. Pryor played 15 of the 16 players in uniform with nine of them registering at least one point.
Shenandoah is now off for the Christmas holiday and returns to action with a home ODAC contest against Emory & Henry on January 4. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Notes: The six wins earned this season makes this the most successful season of the Pryor era... The three-game winning streak is also the best since Pryor took over the program prior to the 2011-12 season... Green was named to the All-Tournament team...