ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – Junior Omar Skinner hit a jumper with 1:36 to play break an 89-89 tie and then secured the game with a basket with 16 seconds left to push St. Catharine College past the University of Pikeville 93-90 Saturday afternoon.
Skinner finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in the win.
Pikeville (19-5overall, 10-5 in the Mid-South Conference) managed only a Trevor Setty free throw in that stretch as the Bears lost for the second time in as many games.
St. Catharine (12-10, 8-8) shot a torrid 20-of-25 (80 percent) from the floor in the second half to outscore the Bears 47-39.
Pikeville led by as many as 11 points (63-52) with 16:29 left when senior guard Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe sank two free throws. But from that point on, St. Catharine outscored the Bears 41-27 to pull out the win.
The Bears lost on a day it hit 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from the arc, and St. Catharine survived 19 turnovers to pull out the win.
Briscoe led all scorers with 28 points, hitting 4-of-8 from the arc for the game. He also had five assists for his team. Setty followed with 26, hitting 6-of-10 from the arc, and paced the team with eight rebounds.
Senior Chris Johnson finished with 12 points and six assists to go with two steals, while junior Greg Magee tossed in 10.
The Patriots were led by junior Arthur McMillan, who fired in 20 points with four rebounds. Freshman William Tolefree came off the bench for 19 points and 11 rebounds, as the Patriots won the rebounding battle 36-29.
Senior Travis Wilkins scored 18 to go with eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Sophomore Kevin Kornegay joined Skinner with 12.
The Bears will return to the Expo Center on Thursday night when they host No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College at 8 p.m.