BABSON PARK, Fla. – The University of Pikeville saw an 11-point lead evaporate in the final 6 ½ minutes of play Thursday afternoon and lost to Emmanuel (Ga.) College 72-62.
The game was played as part of a classic at Webber International University, against whom the Bears will play on Friday at 2 p.m.
Pikeville (8-5) led by 11 as many as four times, and held the edge for the final occasion with 6:37 to play after a jump shot by senior Kyan Hines made it 57-46 with 6:37 to play.
But the Lions turned the game around quickly. They outscored the Bears 18-1 in the next 4 ½ minutes. Senior Asmatick Fields scored the first four of the stretch and his basket with 2:01 to play made it 64-58. Fields led all players with 21 points and seven rebounds on the day.
The Bears got as close as four twice down the stretch but never got closer, with the Lions scoring the final six points to hold their only double-digit lead of the game at the end.
Pikeville struggled shooting the basketball all day, finishing 39.6 percent overall and only 5-of-20 from the arc.
Emmanuel (8-5), did the same, connecting on 38.9 percent from the floor and 25 percent from the line.
But where Pikeville was only 15-of-24 from the free-throw line, Emmanuel finished the contest 26-of-35.
Fields was joined in double figures by two teammates. Senior Graham Maxwell tossed in 13 points and had five rebounds while freshman Jeremy Burgess came off the bench for 10 points and four boards.
Senior Andrew Young led the Bears with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Junior Trevor Setty finished with 13 points and was one of three Bears with five rebounds in the loss.