PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson College scored 10 of the last 14 points in the final five minutes to knock off the University of Pikeville 76-73 Saturday night at Biggers Sports Center.
The Bears, 7-3 on the season and 1-3 in the Mid-South Conference, took a 69-66 lead with 5:23 to play when senior Shane Burrell sank two free throws after classmate Kyan Hines had done the same.
But the next trip downcourt the Blue Raiders got to the line for two, on Pikeville’s 10th second-half foul, and junior Josh White sank them both to cut it to one.
It was the first two of 10 free throws in the final five minutes for the Raiders, while the Bears – a 77 percent shooting team this season – went only 2-of-4 down the stretch.
The Raiders, 7-3 and 2-1, took the lead with two free throws by senior Chase Spreen with 1:45 left on senior Shane Burrell’s fifth foul to go up 70-69.
Pikeville regained the lead twice, including at 73-72 when senior guard Chris McHenry nailed a jumper from atop the three-point stripe with 57 seconds left.
But 16 seconds later junior Kalen Kimberland put the Raiders ahead to stay with a baseline jumper. Kimberland led all scorers with 26 and added four rebounds and as many assists.
Lindsey’s lead went to 75-73 when senior Justin Archie split a pair of free throws with 16.7 seconds left.
The Bears had a chance to tie with 2.3 seconds to play but missed a free throw and then committed a lane violation on the second. Spreen sank one with 0.9 seconds left to set the final score.
The game was tight the entire way. Pikeville used a 16-4 run – with the final seven coming from McHenry – to go up 25-18 with 8:18 left in the first half.
McHenry finished with 16 points and six steals in the loss and gave the Bears what would be the biggest lead either team would enjoy with a three to end the stretch.
The Bears matched the seven-point lead twice in the second half, including with 8:34 left after a dunk by junior Chris Watson to make it 63-56. But the Raiders tied the game with the next seven points, including a three-point play by Spreen with 7:26 left, to set the stage for the furious finish.
Kimberland was joined by three teammates in double figures. Spreen had 15 thanks to 10-of-11 shooting from the line. Junior Darren Ballou scored 12 and Archie added 11.
Pikeville was led by Burrell off the bench with 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double as a Bear. Junior Trevor Setty followed with 18.
The Bears dominated the glass 40-25, getting 18 of their own misses. But while the Raiders hit half their 14 three-point tries the guests were only 4-of-15.
Pikeville’s road gets no easier. A rematch with second-ranked Mountain State comes Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Beckley, W.Va.