Friday, November 21, 2014

Three Players Score 27 Points Each in Pikeville's Road Win at St. Catharine

(2) Pikeville 110
St. Catharine 87

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

ST. CATHARINE, Ky. -- Macari Brooks, Kenny Manigault and K.K. Simmons scored 27 points each to lead No. 2 Pikeville past St. Catharine 110-87 in a spirited, second-half effort on Thursday night in Lourdes Hall.

The Patriots (1-6, 0-2 MSC) led by four at halftime and were within one at 80-79 with just under nine minutes left to play. But the Bears went on a 15-2 run over a four-minute span to completely take control of the game.

Simmons dropped five points during that stretch and Manigault added four as the Patriots never got back within single digits. Instead, Pikeville led by 20 a minute later after a free throw from Christian Leach and went on to lead by as many as 25 after Leach grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast.

Colt Chapman played big for the Bears, joining the big three with 12 points of his own while also pulling down six rebounds. Manigault and Leach were the leaders on the glass with 10 and 8 boards, respectively. It was a big night for the senior leader Manigault as he also tallied five assists, four steals and a block in 36 minutes.

Simmons, whose 3-point shooting exploits have gained national attention at times during the season, once again overcame intense defense all game long to hit five threes on just seven attempts.

UPIKE (6-0, 3-0 MSC) finished shooting 55.9 percent from the field, compared to 45.3 for St. Catharine and also outrebounded the Patriots 42-37, despite a big size advantage for the home team. The Bears also spent a lot of time at the stripe, hitting 27 of 43 free throws while St. Catharine took just 21 and hit 13.

After opening the game with a 13-6 lead after a Simmons three, UPIKE watched itself lose the lead five minutes later at 21-20 on an Aishon White jumper. St. Catharine kept that advantage the rest of the half, leading by as many as 11 points before an 8-2 Bear run cut into the deficit, allowing them to trail by four at the break.

Ben Vozzola matched UPIKE's high scorers with 27 points to lead the Patriots, followed by Khalil Murphy as the only other player in double digits with 10. Vozzola, who hit four threes, also pulled down a team high six boards.

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