BABSON PARK, Fla. – Senior Andrew Young poured in 20 points and junior Trevor Setty recorded a double-double as the University of Pikeville escaped with a 72-71 win over homestanding Webber International University on Friday evening in the finale of the Holiday Inn Express Tournament.
UPIKE (9-5) got the win without starting guard Chris McHenry, who missed the game after an injury on Thursday. The Bears now have six days to prepare for Campbellsville University, which visits the Expo Center on Thursday, Jan. 5.
Pikeville took a 40-27 lead to halftime and stretched it to 20, 47-27, on a free throw by junior Chris Watson with 17:36 left. It was the biggest lead of the game.
But the Warriors battled back and led by a single point on three different occasions. The game was tied 11 times, but when Setty hit a jumper with 3:04 left, the Bears went ahead 65-64 and would maintain a lead the rest of the game.
With 10 seconds left Setty hit one of two from the line to make it a 72-69 lead. The Warriors got a basket from Luke Marlar with one second left but could not draw even.
Young scored his 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Setty tossed in 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Bears to a 44-23 dominance on the glass.
Webber (5-5) was led by senior Dave Marlar, who had 20 points to go with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Junior Johnson Mesidor followed with 14 points while Luke Marlar tossed in 11 off the bench.
Pikeville shot 46.8 percent from the floor but made only 11-of-20 from the free throw line. That was compared to Webber sinking 25 of its 41 tries from the stripe.