PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville Esports program grabbed a win on the varsity side with a forfeit by Seneca, while the junior-varsity team took a tightly contested 2-0 loss to Ohio State.
The varsity Bears improve to 5-2 on the season to lead the Collegiate StarLeague (CSL) South 3 Division and the UPIKE JV moves to 4-2, good for second place in the CSL Midwest 10 Division.
Both games against the Buckeyes were close through the midway mark, but Ohio State got a slight early advantage in both that UPIKE ultimately couldn’t come back from.
In game one, Ohio State’s top lane, Wooju Lee, got far enough ahead early on that the rest of the time was spent trying to shut him down. The Buckeyes used Lee’s run to focus on objectives and map control proved too much for the Bears.
In the second game, UPIKE’s Nick Mundy used his Echo to keep the game close after winning lane against Jasper Simon’s Zed from Ohio State. But eventually, the Buckeyes’ objective-oriented strategy won out in the late game. Ohio State closed out the game with a 40-30 lead and 13,000 advantage in gold.
UPIKE is back in action at 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 8 against Central Michigan.