CAMPBELLSVILLE – It’s easy to understand if Jordan Myers is public enemy No. 1 on the campus at the University of Pikeville, as the 6-8 junior nailed a three-pointer to end a game for the second straight year to lift Campbellsville University past the Bears 90-87 Thursday night.
Last year’s trey came out of the deep corner. This time he was about 25 feet out, just to the right of the middle of the court. It splashed in as the student body stormed the court.
Officials put 1.3 seconds back on the clock, but Pikeville’s contested three fell well short.
Campbellsville (3-0, 1-0 in the Mid-South Conference) needed a three at the horn to win at home on a night it shot a blistering 61.02 percent from the field. The Tigers sank half their 14 three-point shots and needed all of them to pull out the win in the league opener for both teams.
Pikeville (7-1, 0-1), ranked ninth in the country in the preseason poll, shot 45.2 percent overall but went 10-of-22 (45.45percent) from the arc.
Senior Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe was the key to the latter stat, hitting 5-of-6 from the arc. After a subpar first half that saw him score only 10, the 6-0 senior from Baltimore finished with a game-high 34 points.
It was his personal six-point trip downcourt to start the overtime that put the Bears on top 84-78. But Campbellsville scored five straight to trim it to one.
In the end, the game was tied with 5.5 seconds left. The Tigers got the ball downcourt, popped Myers out and flipped him the ball. His basket was dead on the money.
The Evansville native finished with nine points, four rebounds and four assists.
Briscoe’s 34 were followed by junior Josh Whitaker, who had 15 thanks to 3-of-5 shooting from the arc. He also had five rebounds. The game’s lone double-double went to junior Darnell Tubbs, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Campbellsville was led by junior Vernon Payne, who saw his first action and made his mark with 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. Senior Malik Thomas had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Senior Addison Smith followed with 17 points while senior Justin Ennis flipped in 13 and added six rebounds.