Shawnee State 77
Final from Frankfort, Kentucky
Mid-South Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals
Game recap by UPIKE:
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- It was a rough start, but top-seeded University of Pikeville is heading to the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Championship after holding off No. 9-seed Shawnee State (Ohio) 87-77 behind 24 points from Kenny Manigault on Friday in the Frankfort Convention Center.
UPIKE (26-4) trailed Shawnee State 23-17 with six minutes left in the first half, but the Bears in orange and black decided they'd had enough, reeling off a 15-0 run over the next three minutes to flip the script.
SSU (11-19) got back within three late in the second half, but Pikeville never relinquished its lead. The first-half run came after UPIKE trailed by as many as 10 points early in the first half at 17-7.
Manigault had an impressive line, adding seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, but Christian Leach was just as important off the bench with a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards. Nine of Leach's rebounds came on the offensive glass.
UPIKE was outrebounded overall 37-26, but made up for it by taking care of the ball, giving up just eight turnovers to SSU's 20.
Overcoming a hot-shooting night by Sean Elliott was one of Pikeville's biggest challenges as he hit six threes to finish with a game-high 28 points, while Andrew Bendolph chipped in with 24.
Three other UPIKE starters reached double figures, including K.K. Simmons with 17 points, Macari Brooks with 16 and Jackson Hussey adding 11.
The Bears spent some time helping out with the Kentucky Special Olympics this morning:
My guy lined up for the '3' and knocked it down this morning! Great time helping out with the KY Special Olympics! pic.twitter.com/Tph8S9Gsus
— Tigh Compton (@tighcompton) March 7, 2015