PIKEVILLE – No. 5 University of Pikeville kept its roll going two days after knocking off the nation’s No. 1 team, rolling past Cumberland (Tenn.) University 105-56 Saturday afternoon at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
The Bears led 16-3 and 24-5 en route to a 51-21 halftime edge over the Bulldogs. Pikeville hit 7-of-14 from the arc in the first half and forced 16 turnovers.
Things got even better in the second half; after hitting 47.6 percent before the break, the Bears nailed 61.8 percent in the second half en route to the easy win.
Pikeville improved to 17-1 on the season and 7-1 in the Mid-South Conference after running its win streak to 10 games since a Nov. 15 last-second overtime loss at Campbellsville.
Cumberland fell to 6-10 overall, 2-6 in the league.
Senior guard Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe finished with 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while senior Trevor Setty tossed in 18 in the win. Junior forward Greg Magee made a splash in his debut with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bears to a 49-30 edge on the glass.
Junior guard Elisha Justice had his best performance in a Bear uniform, scoring 11 while handing out five assists, pulling three rebounds and having one steal. The former Mr. Basketball sank all four of his shots on the day, including going 3-of-3 from the arc.
The Bulldogs had one player in double figures as senior Creshaun Holt flipped in 11. Senior Jerret Towns added eight and a team-high eight rebounds.
Pikeville will remain home next week, entertaining St. Catharine College on Thursday night. The doubleheader begins with a women’s matchup at 6. The men are slated for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Cumberland will remain on the road on Thursday, visiting No. 14 Lindsey Wilson for a 9 p.m. tip-off.