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Hazard Grad Hicks Drops 21 as Bears Roll

MANSFIELD, Ohio – Leading 59-24 at recess, the Pikeville College Bears opened the second half with a 24-8 run to pull away for an easy 115-85 win over The Ohio State University-Mansfield Wednesday night.

The run pushed the Bears in front 86-32, which turned out to be the biggest lead of the game. The remainder of the night saw the lead bounce between 46 and 52 points.

Pikeville improved to 13-2 and ran its winning streak to 10 straight.

Five players reached double digits for the Bears, with senior Jeff Ferguson leading the way with 26. Freshman Justin Hicks followed with 21, sinking five three-point shots, to go with nine assists and three steals.

Junior Ewan Linton followed with his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 14 and pulling down 11 rebounds. Junior Haakim Johnson finished with 13 and sophomore Adam Simmons came off the bench to toss in 10.

Mansfield, 2-15 with only eight players in uniform, got 15 from Kevin Murphy, who was perfect in six free throw attempts. Andrew Rice tossed in 14.

The 24th-ranked Bears, playing their first game since Dec. 15, will have another 10 days off before returning to action on Sat., January 12, when they travel to Berea to play the Mountaineers in a 7:30 contest.


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