PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Senior Cordaro Ellis tipped in a missed free throw with 7.0 seconds left to give the University of Pikeville a much-needed 72-71 win over No. 25 Campbellsville University Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
Ellis, a 6-9 center, tipped in the miss after junior Trevor Setty pulled the team within one on the first toss. Campbellsville got a nice look at the basket but the three-point shot bounced off the rim as time expired.
The win raised the Bears to 10-5 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-South Conference. The loss sent Campbellsville to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Pikeville held a 63-59 lead after Ellis sank two free throws with 5:00 to play. But the Tigers went on a 10-point run, beginning with a pair of three-point shots by junior Justin Ennis, and when senior Cedric Henderson hit a jumper from the elbow to put the Tigers in front 69-63 with 3:36 left.
The six-point Tiger lead was the largest spread of the night in a game that was tied on 11 different occasions.
Ennis led the Tigers with 19 points thanks to hitting 5-of-11 from the arc. Henderson narrowly missed a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and added four steals.
From there, the Bears scored nine of the final 11. A pair of free throws by junior Malik Thomas with 1:11 on the clock gave the Tigers a 71-67 lead.
But senior Andrew Young sank two free throws with 55.9 seconds left pulled the Bears within two, setting the stage for the heroics at the end.
Setty led all scorers with 21, adding five rebounds, five steals and three assists. Young followed with 16 points while junior Chris Watson tossed in 11 with a team-high eight rebounds.
Pikeville had 11 steals while forcing 18 Tiger turnovers.
The teams are back in action on Saturday. Pikeville will host St. Catharine College at 4 p.m., while Campbellsville will try to return to the winning ways in a visit to U.Va.-Wise at 4 p.m.