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Threes to tie rattle out in loss at Tech

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – A pair of three-point shots to tie the game in the closing seconds fell off as the University of Pikeville fell to WVU Tech 64-61 Monday night.

Pikeville (5-15) took a five-point lead with 3:19 to play when sophomore Christin Haney nailed a three to make it 60-55. It was Haney’s fourth successful three-point shot in her first five tries as the Lexington native led the Bears with 16 points while pulling down six rebounds.

From there, however, Tech scored nine of the game’s final 10 points, getting five of them on seven free throws in the final 1:51.

With the score tied at 61, a free throw by Courtney Sturdivant with 14 seconds left gave the home team the lead for the final time. The deadlock was the 11th of the game.

Sturdivant missed the second toss but the Golden Bears got the rebound. After another foul, Amber Tully sank both free throws with 13 seconds left.

Tully led all scorers with 24 points, nailing 6-of-13 from the arc.

Pikeville was only 24-of-67 (35.8) percent from the floor, including 5-of-16 from deep. The Bears were only 8-of-14 from the line.

WVU Tech (10-11) won on a night it sank only 30.6 percent of its shots. Tully’s six treys accounted for all but two of its connections from behind the arc.

Haney was joined in double figures by juniors Callisha Johnson’s 12 points and Brogan Conley with 10. Conley added a team-high eight rebounds.

Tully had one teammate in double figures. Roche Wimberly tossed in 15 while pulling down 10 rebounds.

Pikeville returns home on Thursday night – and to Mid-South Conference play – when it hosts Bluefield College at 6 p.m. at the Expo Center. On Sunday, Indiana-Southeast visits at 3 at the UPike Gym.

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