PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Senior guard Trevor Setty was three steals shy of a triple-double to lead No. 5 University of Pikeville past top-ranked University of the Cumberlands 80-64 Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
On a night he became the 12th player in school history to score 1,500 points, the Maysville product had 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals in 35 minutes of play, during which he had only one turnover.
Pikeville (16-1 overall, 6-1 in the Mid-South Conference) held the Patriots to 43.1 percent shooting overall and 28.6 percent from the arc. The most telling stat, however, may have come from the free throw line: Entering the game at 74.4 percent on the season, the Pats barely broke even (10-of-19, 52.6 percent).
Add that to the Bears forcing twice as many turnovers as they committed (20 to 10) and the story is told.
Setty needed only 17 seconds to get things going for the Bears, nailing a three-pointer off a pass from junior guard Josh Whitaker. Cumberlands, however, scored the next seven, getting four from senior Benito Santiago Jr. When senior guard Antonio Bumpus scored on a layup with 17:12 to play, the Patriots led 7-2.
The Bears answered with the next six to regain the lead, but Cumberlands didn’t come in No. 1 in the nation for nothing. A three by Bumpus at the 10-minute mark put it back on top 18-17.
The Columbus, Ohio, native had a double-double of his own with 25 markers and 10 rebounds.
From there, however, the Bears took control. Setty had the next five to give his team a lead it would never lose. That began a 15-2 stretch that ended on a Chris Johnson layup with 5:08 to play to put the Bears on top 32-20.
Pikeville took a 39-31 lead to the half.
Cumberlands (15-2, 6-1) used a 7-0 run in the middle of the second half to pull within three at 52-49 on a free throw by junior Ernie McCoy with 11:59 left.
It was a three-point game again at 54-51 before Setty had four straight to begin another run for the Bears. The lead reached 19 (77-58) when junior P.J. Jenkins scored on a layup with 2:39 to play before the home team settled for its 16-point win.
Setty was joined in double figures by Johnson’s 18 on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. Senior Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe flipped in 13.
Bumpus was joined in double figures by junior guard James Archie, who had 10 points. Santiago finished with nine points to go with four rebounds and four assists.
Pikeville will bring a nine-game win streak to the Expo Center on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Cumberland (Tenn.) University. The second game of a doubleheader is slated for a 4 p.m. opening tip.
Cumberlands visits U.Va.-Wise Saturday at 4 p.m.