PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Five University of Pikeville Bears reached double figures as the team again made more than half their shots in an 88-77 win over U.Va.-Wise on Tuesday.
With the win, the No. 9 Bears improved to 9-1 on the season and, most importantly, 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference. The Cavaliers fell to 3-4 overall and remained winless in three league games.
Pikeville exploded out of the gates and built a 43-24 lead at the half. The Cavs battled to trim the second-half margin, scoring 53 points after the break.
The Bears shot 50.8 percent for the game and 36.8 percent from the arc. Both numbers are impressive yet below the team’s shooting for the season. They did, however, drastically improve from the line, hitting 17-of-19 for 89.5 percent.
Wise, however, was not as solid. It hit 35.3 percent overall and 29.6 percent from the arc in the loss.
Senior Trevor Setty and junior Darnell Tubbs led the Bears with 19 points each. For Setty, who missed only one of seven shots on the night and hit four three-pointers, it was enough to move him past Hall of Fame member Terry Epling into 13th place on the all-time scoring list. He is 12 points behind the next man on the list, another member of the Hall of Fame in Mike May.
Setty also had seven rebounds to tie for the team’s lead.
Senior Deuce Briscoe followed with 17 points and led the team with four steals. Senior Chris Johnson sank all nine of his free throws to finish with 13 markers. The Newport News, Va., native also had eight assists and six rebounds.
Junior Brandon Greene had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore guard Javon Moore led all scorers with 23 for the Cavs. The Falls Church, Va., product also had eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman Charles George followed with 15 points and led the club with five assists.
Freshman Matt Day had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Jermaine Wright flipped in 10.
Pikeville is now off for nine days, returning to action on Nov. 29 when it hosts Shawnee State University at 8 p.m. Wise plays this weekend in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic at Southern Indiana.