Saturday, March 21, 2015

Manigault, Simmons Lead Pikeville Into NAIA National Quarterfinals

(7) Pikeville 97
(10) Concordia 93 F/OT

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI National Tournament - Second Round

Game recap by UPIKE:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It took five minutes longer than it had hoped, but No. 7-seed University of Pikeville is heading to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men's Basketball National Tournament for the third time after a 97-93 overtime win against No. 10-seed Concordia (Calif.) on Friday.

Up next for the Bears is a matchup with either No. 2-seed Talladega (Ala.) or Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. UPIKE has never lost in the round of eight, winning in 2011 on the way to the national title and in 2001.

The game nearly ended in regulation.

UPIKE (28-5) had a five-point lead at the 2:12 mark after two free throws from Kenny Manigault, but the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to take an 82-81 lead on Matt Scott's hook shot with 53 seconds remaining.

K.K. Simmons drew a foul on a baseline drive, but hit just one free throw, sending the game to overtime when May's three missed the mark at the buzzer.

The lead changed hands seven times in the extra period with neither team going up by more than two points until Jackson Hussey sank two free throws with five seconds to play to seal the win. Martin Thomas was on the attack to try and tie it up with seven seconds on the clock but traveled to give the ball back to UPIKE.

Simmons, the nation's leading 3-point shooter, hadn't hit more than three treys in a game since Feb. 23. Against Concordia, he nailed six to score a game-high 28 points. Manigault added 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assists for one of the most complete performances of the season.

Michael Eneh came up big for the second straight game of the tournament with seven points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes. Still, UPIKE was outrebounded 46-37, but made up for it by outshooting the Eagles 47.1 to 42 percent.

With both teams shooting under 70 percent from the free-throw line, threes told more of the story as Concordia made 12 on 33 attempts, while UPIKE went 9 of 13 for a season-high 69.2 percent.

Scott paced Concordia (27-8) with 24 points and Justin Davis chipped in with 13. Stephen Grosey finished with 16 rebounds.

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