PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Senior guard Chris McHenry scored nine points as Pikeville broke open a tie game with a 15-3 run to beat Cumberlands 73-57 Thursday night in the O.Wayne Rollins Center.
McHenry, a 5-11 point guard from Milwaukee, began the run with a three from the right wing with 8:05 left in the game. It was Pikeville’s first made three-point shot of the game, and was followed by a triple by senior Kyan Hines from the left wing.
After junior Markeith Cungious split a pair from the line, McHenry hit a one-handed floater and a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to nine with 6:14 left. Senior Matt Daniel tried to stop the run with a pair of free throws, but junior guard Trevor Setty turned in a three-point play and McHenry sank another floater in the paint.
McHenry’s last basket turned a 44-all tie into a 59-47 lead with 5:09 to play.
The win for the Bears ended a two-game losing streak for the top-ranked Bears, making them 7-2 on the season and 1-2 in the Mid-South Conference.
For Cumberlands, it was the first loss in eight games this season and made it 1-1 in the league.
After Setty missed two of his first three free throw tries in the second half, the Bears made their final 19 from the charity stripe to help seal the deal, with the national-tournament MVP making nine of them.
The teams struggled out of the gate, missing all 15 three-point shots in the first half and combining to go 17-of-59 from the floor. They stumbled to a 21-21 tie at the break.
That was one of nine ties in the contest, with the last one coming at 44 before the Bears broke away for the win.
Setty led all scorers with 28 markers thanks to 14-of-17 shooting from the stripe. McHenry joined him in double figures with 16 points. Both had six rebounds in the game.
UPIKE won the rebounding battle 40-31, pulling 16 of them off the offensive rim. Senior center Cordero Ellis led the way with 12 rebounds, four off the offensive glass, to go with eight points off the bench.
Cumberlands was led by senior guard Zavion Neely’s 27 points. Daniel followed with 12 points. Congious paced the Pats on the glass with 10.
The Bears will remain on the road on Saturday when they visit Lindsey Wilson in a 5 p.m. EST start. Cumberlands will be at home Saturday, hosting U.Va.-Wise at 4 p.m.