PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Leading by 20 at the half, Pikeville College opened the second stanza with 18 unanswered points to roll past Temple Baptist College 118-57 on Wednesday afternoon from the Pikeville College Gym.
Five Bears reached double figures in scoring on a day the Bears had 19 offensive rebounds and were credited with 20 steals on 27 Ram turnovers.
Temple Baptist shot only 27.6 percent in the second half, which led to Pikeville rolling to a 64-23 scoring advantage.
Senior guards Justin Hicks and Vance Cooksey led the way with 19 points for the Bears. Hicks was 5-of-7 from the arc, moving into 15th place on the school’s all-time scoring list, passing Hall of Fame member Danny Moses.
Cooksey was solid across the board, adding 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in the win.
Junior Kyan Hines came off the bench for 15 points, adding five rebounds and a team-best five steals. Junior Kane Belcher responded to getting his first start of the season with 14 points and six rebounds, while senior Andre Thornton scored 12 and grabbed six rebounds.
Temple Baptist was led by Ontiwon Primus, who had 11 points. Demetrius Sommerlin and Milen Kostov added 10 points each.
Pikeville, 12-3, will be back in action on New Year’s Eve when it visits Montgomery, Ala., to play Faulkner University. The Bears knocked off the Eagles 85-68 at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Nov. 27.
The Bears and Eagles will tip off at 3 p.m. EDT.