Wednesday, December 30, 2015

No. 1 University of Pikeville Outguns Faulkner

(1) Pikeville 101
Faulkner 81

Final from Montgomery, Alabama

Game recap by UPIKE:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Colt Chapman led top-ranked University of Pikeville with 21 points and Christian Leach chipped in with 20 to help the Bears to a 101-81 win on the road at Faulkner on Tuesday.

Jackson Hussey and K.K. Simmons finished with 16 points each and Trey Rakes tallied 13 as the five Bears who reached double figures. Hussey also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.

Faulkner's Di'mar Hill led all scorers with 33 points, while Nick Drake backed him up with 19, including three 3-pointers.

After only hitting three 3-pointers itself in the first half, UPIKE caught fire in the second, making 8 of 13 to finish the game shooting 59.3 percent from the field. That mark was bolstered by the Bears' incredible 70 percent (21-30) showing in the second half.

The Eagles shot 44.6 percent from the field and made just 22 of 35 free throws, compared to a solid 20 of 26 showing by UPIKE. The Bears also controlled the backboards, 39-24,

UPIKE got a glimpse of what a lead would feel like very early in the action, but for nearly all the first half and the start of the second, Faulkner was in control. Sometimes though, it pays to wait, as the Bears' second-half reward was a run that the Eagles won't soon forget.

After trailing for 22 minutes, Simmons gave the lead back to the Bears at 62-61 with a three. The Eagles tied it back up with a free throw, but things swayed back to the Bears in a big way with a 19-2 run that effectively ended Faulkner's upset hopes.

It had to be a tough pill to swallow giving how well the Eagles had played, but there was nothing it could do with the kind of hot streak the Bears went on.

Simmons made another three to push the lead to 66-62, one of 10 straight field goals made by UPIKE without a miss over a five minute span. When Marshall Bennett finally missed a three with 6:43 to play, the Bears held an 87-65 advantage.

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