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Bears Remain Perfect with Five-Point Win

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Pikeville College scored the last seven points of the game to knock off Shawnee State University 65-60 Monday night at Waller Gymnasium.

Shawnee State (1-1) got a pair of free throws from junior Aaron Pennington with 4:52 left to take a 60-58 lead, but after that, it was all Pikeville College.

Pikeville (3-0) tied it at 60 when senior Charles Bronson hit a baseline jumper with four minutes to play. It stayed there until the 42 second mark when junior Josh Samarco sank a three-pointer from the left wing.

The Bears closed it out when senior J.B. Smiley came up with a steal and hit two free throws with 22.2 seconds left.

Four Bears reached double figures, with Samarco leading the way. He hit three second-half three-pointers to finish with 13 points. Bronson tossed in 12 to go with five rebounds, while sophomore Justin Hicks had 11 and Smiley 10.

Hicks a 5-11 guard from Hazard, added five rebounds, four assists and four steals in 37 minutes of play.

Shawnee State was led by senior Justin Patrick’s 16 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman point guard Ian Nixson chipped in 16 as well.

Pikeville College will take its perfect record to Lebanon, Ill., on Friday to play in the McKendree Classic, where they’ll hook up with No. 12Union (Tenn.) University. On Saturday, they’ll meet Indiana-South Bend.

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