|February 10, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
#6 U. of Pikeville
|Stats at a Glance||UPIKE2-M||CU-M|
|FG Percentage||.544 (31-57)||.559 (33-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.438 (7-16)||.524 (11-21)|
|FT Percentage||.759 (22-29)||.750 (6-8)|
- 27||Holt Jr.
Townes - 3
LEBANON, Tenn. – Sixth-ranked University of Pikeville closed the game with a 35-16 run, making its final 12 shots of the contest to erase a 19-point first-half deficit and post a 91-86 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action here Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Phoenix (10-14, 3-7 Mid-South) led 51-32 with 90 seconds to play in the first half and 51-36 at intermission thanks to 58 percent shooting from the field, including 7-of-15 from behind the arc. Cumberland kept the lead in double digits for almost 10 minutes of the second half thanks to 3-pointers from Rhyan Townes and Trenton Perry.
Blake Johnson’s layup at the 10:50 mark put the Phoenix ahead, 67-56, but a layup the next time down from Jayvian Delacruz started a stretch of 12 consecutive makes for the Bears (24-2, 8-2).
Rodney Hawkins and Darrion Leslie added layups before a 3-pointer from Michael Chambers pulled Pikeville within 69-65 with just over eight minutes remaining.
Two free throws by Charles Sweatt-Washington and a 3-pointer from Andrew Rogan, who finished with 17 points for Cumberland, pushed the lead back to 74-67, but the Bears answered with a 10-0 spurt over the next three minutes.
Chase Parsley answered Rogan’s three with a triple of his own before a short jumper from Leslie and two field goals by Chambers. One free throw by Delacruz put Pikeville ahead, 77-74, with four minutes to play.
Diondrey Holt, Jr., who posted a team-high 18 points for CU, made a tough layup and then a 3-pointer, knotting the contest at 79, but Delacruz answered with a layup and Chambers and Rze Culbreath each made two foul shots for an 85-81 UPike advantage.
A Cumberland turnover on the other end led to a Leslie dunk for the Bears and even with two misses at the foul line by Pikeville, the Phoenix could not get closer, committing a pair of turnovers as well as a big miss on the front end of a 1-plus-1 by Rogan with 52.0 seconds to play.
Chambers netted two free throws with 14.9 seconds to play, sealing the victory for the Bears, who avenged one of their only two losses of the season, an 89-85 Cumberland victory at Pikeville on January 13.
Chambers scored a game-high 27 points off the bench for UPike, hitting 7-of-14 shots overall with four 3-pointers. He was also 9-for-9 at the foul line.
Leslie netted 17 points, Culbreath posted 12 and Parsley added 10 for the Bears, who have won eight straight overall.
Cumberland committed 12 turnovers in the second half, which Pikeville turned into 21 points. Ty Sean Powell collected 14 points and seven rebounds for CU and Sweatt-Washington finished with nine but just two in the second period.
Cumberland raced out to a 12-2 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes, with Rogan hitting a pair of 3-pointers as well as two field goals, the last one a monstrous dunk from Juandrico Walker.
Chambers had an old-fashioned 3-point play for the Bears and Culbreath added a triple, pulling Pikeville within 17-11 six minutes into the contest, but two baskets by Powell pushed the lead back to 10 quickly.
The game went back-and-forth, with the Bears getting within seven or eight before the Phoenix would extend the advantage back to 10 or 12. Perry hit a 3-pointer for CU and Rogan made the last of his four first-half triples for a 36-22 lead at the 7:11 mark of the half.
Chambers answered with a three and a jumper by Parsley pulled the Bears within 37-27, but Cumberland scored seven straight points. Walker hit a layup before a 3-pointer and a layup by Townes pushed the lead to 44-27.
Sweatt-Washington connected on a short jumper off an out-of-bounds play and then hit a 3-pointer, but Pikeville’s Jordan Perry and Da’Rell Domineck made layups in the final minute.
The Phoenix led 51-36 at intermission, with Rogan scoring 12 points and Powell adding eight. Walker and Sweatt-Washington each posted seven for CU. Chambers netted 11 points off the bench for the Bears and Culbreath and Darrion Leslie each recorded seven.
Cumberland starts a three-game road swing on Thursday at Life University at 7 p.m. CT.