Friday, March 20, 2015

Unviersity of Pikeville Gets Past Bethel in NAIA DI National Tournament

(7) Pikeville 94
Bethel (Tenn.) 86

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI National Tournament - First Round

Game recap by UPIKE:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- UPIKE was outrebounded 57-40 and had its top scorer Kenny Manigault limited to six first-half minutes with early foul trouble, but still found a way to win 94-86 against Bethel (Tenn.) in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on Thursday.

Macari Brooks pushed the UPIKE (26-5) offense with a team-high 21 points, while Michael Eneh made the most of a starting role with three points and eight big rebounds. The Bears shot 46.9 percent from the field while limiting the Wildcats to a 37.9-percent showing.

Free throws paid off for the Bears as well, hitting 30 of 40, compared to 18 of 31 for Bethel.

The Wildcats were led by Caleb Hardy with 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Mikel Terrance also posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 boards.

UPIKE advances to a 1:30 p.m. ET second-round matchup against either No. 10-seed Concordia (Calif.) or Oklahoma City on Friday.

Bethel (23-9) was on the attack early and often, doing its best to get the Bears in foul trouble.

The plan worked perfectly over the first several minutes as the Bears had a 6-2 foul advantage with 13:05 on the clock. Two of those fouls were on Manigault, putting him on the bench for the rest of the half.

Despite the circumstances, the Bears found energy from a breakaway, one-handed slam from Eneh energized the team. It was only a 9-8 lead for UPIKE before the dunk, but it started a 14-2 run to see it go up by 13 points.

It wasn't only UPIKE ready to go on a run as the Wildcats went to work on the offensive glass and answered with a 14-2 burst of their own. At the end of the rally, it was back to a one-point game with UPIKE on top 25-24. It didn't stop there either as the Bears came right back with an 8-0 run and led 38-29 after a Brooks three with 2:45 left until halftime.

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Up Next: Pikeville plays 10-seed Concordia (Calif.) today at 1:30 p.m. ET

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