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No. 2 Bears cruise past St. Catharine

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The second-ranked University of Pikeville Bears extended their win streak to 11 with a 79-64 win over St. Catharine College Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville (18-1, 8-1 in the Mid-South Conference) blistered the nets all night, hitting 52.5 percent from the field to end what had been a stretch of seven straight losses to the Patriots dating back to Jan. 23, 2010.

The Bears shot well from everywhere, hitting 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the arc and a white-hot 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) from the line.

Baskets by senior Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe and junior Josh Whitaker put the Bears on top 4-0 early. After falling behind for the only time at 9-7, the Bears went on an 11-2 run. Five players scored in the run, with senior Trevor Setty tossing in five. His basket with 11:03 to play in the half put the Bears in front 20-11.

The lead reached 15 twice in the first half, including 42-27 at the break.

After recess, the Bears led comfortably. St. Catharine got no closer than 11, with the Bears leading by as many as 21 before settling for the 15-point margin.

Setty led five players in double figures with 25 points, and flirted with a triple-double with nine rebounds and seven steals. Briscoe followed with 18 markers, hitting 9-of-9 from the line. He also had four assists.

Whitaker tossed in 14 to go with six assists and three steals, while senior Chris Johnson flipped in 11 to go with five assists and four steals.

Junior Greg Magee came off the bench for 10.

St. Catharine (6-9, 2-7) was led by senior Travis Wilkins, who fired in 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, nine coming off the offensive glass. Junior Arthur McMillan added 14.

Pikeville will be back in action on Saturday at 4 when Georgetown College comes to the Expo Center. The Tigers’ game with U.Va.-Wise on Thursday was postponed due to snow. St. Catharine is scheduled to visit the Cavaliers on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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