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Hot-shooting Bears handle third-ranked Raiders

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Four players reached double figures and the home team blistered the nets as No. 17 University of Pikeville knocked off No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College 95-87 Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

The win brings the Bears to 20-5 overall and 11-5 in the Mid-South Conference and into a second-place tie with idle Georgetown with four games remaining on the schedule. It also gave the Bears a sweep of the regular-season series with the Blue Raiders, who fell to 23-3 overall and 13-3 in the league.

Pikeville shot a solid 53.1 percent in the first half and then cranked it up to 17-of-27 (63.0 percent) after intermission to finish 34-of-59 (57.6 percent). The Bears were also 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the arc and went 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) from the line.

Those numbers helped the Bears survive a 35-19 rebounding deficit to the Blue Raiders.

Lindsey Wilson shot it well also, finishing 35-of-59 (59.3 percent) and 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the line. They were also 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from the arc.

The Bears broke a game that was tied on four occasions early on and led by 12 on two occasions late in the first half. The first came when Setty ripped his third three in as many first-half tries, and the second came after he nailed two of his eight first-half free throws to make it 50-38 with 44 seconds left.

A layup by senior Wesley Hanspard with 32 seconds left ended the scoring with the Bears on top 50-40.

The Bears led by 19 points twice in the second half, with the last coming at 67-48 with 14:31 to play when Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe hit a jumper.

The lead was never out of double digits until a three by junior Deronte Clark found the bottom of the basket with 34 seconds remaining made it 89-81.

The Raiders got as close as seven, 91-84, when Clark nailed another trey with 24 seconds left.

But Briscoe made six straight free throws in the final 31 seconds to help the Bears seal the deal.

Thanks to an 8-of-8 effort from the line, and going 8-of-12 from the floor, Briscoe paced all scorers with 26. Setty, also perfect on eight free throws and three three-pointers, had 23 and seven of his team’s 19 rebounds.

Junior Josh Whitaker hit 6-of-10 from the field for 14 points to go with four steals and three assists. Junior Elisha Justice tossed in 10 to go with a team-high five assists and four steals.

Clark paced the Raiders with 23 points and 11 rebounds, a total matched by junior Milton Watts, who added 12 points. Senior DeAntra Scott had 21 points to go with five rebounds, while Hanspard finished with 16.

Scott and Hanspard were both 8-of-10 from the floor.

The Raiders turned the ball over 23 times in the loss.

Pikeville finishes the home portion of the schedule on Saturday with Campbellsville visiting the Expo Center for a 4 p.m. start. Lindsey Wilson visits U.Va.-Wise on Saturday as well.

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