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Bears hold off Campbellsville for 21st win

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – No. 17 University of Pikeville closed out the home portion of the 2012-13 season with a 77-75 win over Campbellsville University on Saturday afternoon at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

The Bears broke open a 62-62 tie with seven straight points, and while the Tigers cut it to one, they were never able to draw even.

Pikeville (21-5, 12-5) finished 16-1 at home this season.

The game was tied at 58, 60 and 62 – the latter coming when Tiger senior Malik Thomas scored inside with 7:36 left in the game.

Seven straight for the Bears gave the team some temporary breathing room. It began with a layup and ended with a three by senior guard Trevor Setty, and put the Bears on top 69-62 with 5:38 to play.

Campbellsville (17-10, 10-7) responded, and when junior Vernon Payne dunked with 4:15 left, the Tigers were within a point at 69-68.

The Bears, however, nailed six of eight from the line in the final 57 seconds, and a toss by junior guard Josh Whitaker made it 77-75 with 14.7 seconds left.

Campbellsville brought the ball into frontcourt and called timeout with 6.4 seconds left. Senior Justin Ennis missed a last-second three from 22 feet as the horn sounded to end the game.

Campbellsville nailed 52.2 percent of its shots and went 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) from the line. Pikeville forced 17 turnovers, however, to offset the shooting.

The Bears won while hitting 44.1 percent overall and 21.1 percent from the arc. They finished 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) from the line.

Setty closed out his Expo Center career with 24 points and 10 rebounds, giving him his sixth double-double this season. The senior now has 1,701 points, 111 points behind eighth-place Hoskins Carroll on the school’s all-time scoring list.

He was followed Saturday by senior Terrance Saintil, who had a season best 16 points. Senior guard Chris Johnson scored six while handing out seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Junior guard Elisha Justice handed out five assists as well.

Campbellsville was led by Thomas, who came off the bench hitting 7-of-9 for 20 points. Ennis finished with 16 and seven rebounds. Senior Addison Smith tossed in 11 while junior Sean Scott finished with 10.

Payne had nine points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Pikeville begins a three-game road trip to close out the regular season on Thursday night at Rio Grande. The nightcap of a doubleheader is set to tip off at 8 p.m.

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