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Second-half explosion too much for Bears

WILLIAMSBURG Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands used two runs that totaled 17-2 in its favor in the first 9:35 of the second half to take control and pull away for a 74-47 win over the University of Pikeville Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

It was a poor shooting night for both teams. Cumberlands got the win despite hitting only 34.8 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from the arc. Pikeville, meanwhile, sank only 30 percent overall and 26.3 percent from deep.

But the home team forced 26 turnovers and committed only 10, giving it 19 more attempts from the floor.

Pikeville (2-6, 0-3 in the Mid-South Conference) led 28-26 at the half and a layup by freshman Whitney Belle Jackson to open the second frame made it a four-point edge.

Cumberlands (7-1, 2-1), however, immediately had its first run, scoring 10 of the next dozen points. Junior Dace Bicane had four points during the run, and when junior Vernisha Moss turned in a three-point play with 16:42 left, the Patriots had turned the four-point deficit into a four-point (36-32) lead.

The lead was four (42-38) after Jackson split a pair of free throws with 13:24 left, but it would be 3:21 before the Bears scored again, and in the interim Cumberlands ripped off seven straight, and when sophomore Jackie Alexander nailed a three-point shot with 10:25 left, the Pats had their first double-figure lead of the night at 49-38.

No Bears reached double figures in the loss. Senior Jalisa Jones and freshman Christin Haney finished with nine each. Senior Megan Mosley followed with eight points to go with five rebounds and four assists, while Jackson added seven.

Senior Lauren Wombles turned in a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, six of which came off the offensive glass. Senior Jade Howard added 16 to go with a game-best seven assists. Bicane, who had seven points, matched Wombles with 11 boards and six of them offensive.

Pikeville will remain on the road, visiting Lindsey Wilson on Saturday in a game slated for a 3 p.m. EST start. Cumberlands is at home Saturday, entertaining U.Va.-Wise.

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