Bear’s basketball report

UPike Report

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The 19th-ranked University of Pikeville men’s basketball team attacked the basket, outscoring Ohio-Lancaster 80-18 in the paint, on its way to a lopsided 115-52 win on Saturday in the final game of the Appalachian Wireless Classic. The win is the 1,000th in the 62-year history of the program.

Seven players scored in double figures, led by Marshall Bennett with 18 points off the bench and Chase Parsley and Rze Culbreath with 15 points each in a reserve role as well. The trio helped the Bears’ bench outscore the Cougars’ 75-11.

Hunter McCartney paced Lancaster with 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome being outrebounded 44-17 and shooting just 35 percent from the field as UPIKE blistered the nets at 69.6 percent. UPIKE went just 6 of 10 from deep, doing nearly all of its damage down low.

UPIKE scored the first 13 points of the game and went on to lead by as many as 37 points in the first half on Desmond Medder’s layup with 30 seconds remaining. The Bears took a 57-20 lead into halftime.

Ohio-Lancaster outscored UPIKE 10-6 over the first four minutes of the second half, but a 10-2 Bear run followed to go back up by 39 on a layup from Parsley.

Once up by 40 at 80-40, UPIKE slammed things shut with a 20-4 run to take its largest lead yet of 60 with 4:01 to play.


UPIKE welcomes Union to the East Ky. Expo Center at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — With its bench outscoring Ohio-Lancaster 64-2, the 17th-ranked University of Pikeville women’s basketball team simply had too much talent and depth for the Cougars to contend with in a 112-45 win on Saturday night at the East Ky. Expo Center.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Bears, including three players off the bench. Freshman Brianna Burbridge led the team in scoring with 14 points, followed by Kandice Porter and Aundrea Matchen with 12 each. Porter’s last field goa, a 3-pointer from the corner, made her the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

UPIKE (2-0) outshot Lancaster 54.5 to 30.2 percent from the field and led the game on the backboards 56-22. The Bears connected on 14 3-pointers and turned 22 Lancaster turnovers into a 32-7 scoring advantage.

Morgan Kirkbride was the only Lancaster player able to challenge the UPIKE defense, leading all scorers with 20 points.

Mia Greatrex flirted with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-best nine rebounds, while Ivvy Gulley and Rachel Lee each dished out four assists.

It took less than three minutes for the Bears to lead by double digits at 13-2 on a layup by Matchen before outscoring Lancaster (0-1) 16-2 the rest of the quarter to end it up 29-4. The lead went as high as 49 points in the first half on a jumper from Porter near halftime.

The third quarter saw the lead extend to as many as 57 points on a three from Devin Conley before going as high as 73 points with 1:40 to play on a pair of free throws by Burbridge.


UPIKE plays its first road game of the season, taking on West Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Montgomery, W. Va.

UPike Report

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