PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Freshman Leo Devlin knocked in a free-throw line jumper with 2.2 seconds to play to give Shawnee State University an 86-84 upset over No. 1 University of Pikeville Monday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
Pikeville (6-2, 0-2 in the Mid-South Conference) battled back from a nine-point deficit with 4:29 to play to tie the game on a layup by senior Chris McHenry with 23.9 seconds left.
But Shawnee State patiently ran its offense and Devlin sank his jumper over the extended arms of junior Trevor Setty.
UPIKE didn’t get a shot off at the horn.
Shawnee State (4-2, 1-1) hit 58.2 percent for the game, including 70.4 percent in the second half. The visiting Bears nailed all but one of their six three-point shots after recess and finished at 43.8 percent from the arc.
Pikeville, meanwhile, shot 47.5 percent for the game, hitting 45.8 percent from the arc and 85 percent from the foul line. The Bears won the rebounding battle 32-25 and had 15 offensive rebounds. The defense came up with 10 steals on 15 SSU turnovers but it wasn’t enough to survive.
Shawnee opened a 13-7 lead after getting four straight from junior guard Ian Nixson with 14:50 left early. Pikeville then scored nine unanswered to claim the lead and the momentum on an emphatic dunk in traffic off a lob from junior Kenny Rhymes to make it 16-13 with 12:05 left.
Pikeville led most of the rest of the half, and after junior Tyler Morgan hit two free throws with 27.7 seconds left, the home team led 38-35 at the break.
But Shawnee State scored six quick points, the last four by Nixson, to take a 41-38 lead. Pikeville answered with a 9-2 run that included consecutive McHenry threes to regain the edge, but seven straight by SSU, including a Nixson free throw with 15:48 left, gave it the lead at 50-47.
Pikeville held a one-point lead two more times, but the guests forged ahead, and when junior Tyler Boyles scored on a layup with 4:29 left, the lead was back to nine at 79-70.
The Bears then began their comeback. Setty nailed a three from the left wing to cut it to 79-75 with 2:55 left, and consecutive baskets by the Bears – first a baseline jumper by senior Andrew Young and then a three by McHenry from right of the top of the key – made it 83-82 with 1:02 to play.
Devlin made one of two from the line, and when McHenry beat his man to the bucket with 23.9 seconds left, the score was tied for the first time since the 12:44 mark.
But Devlin put the game away on hit jumper with 2.2 seconds left for the win.
Setty hit 5-of-9 from the arc for 19 points, pulling down five boards and handing out four assists. Young followed with 16 and six rebounds. Senior Shane Burrell added 15 and four steals, while McHenry scored 14 on 4-of-7 from the arc and handed out five assists.
Nixson had 19 points and led all passers with seven assists, while Morgan scored 19 and added five boards. Boyles scored 16 and had three steals while junior Mark Bryant finished with 10 points and six assists.
Pikeville is off until Thursday, Dec. 1 when they visit Cumberlands in an 8 p.m. start. Shawnee State will host Wilmington in its home opener on Wednesday night.