PIKEVILLE – Four players reached double figures and one recorded a double-double the difficult way as No. 4 Pikeville rolled past Life University 81-67 Saturday morning at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
Pikeville ran its record to 12-1 by hitting 64.5 percent from the field in the first half. While the shooting cooled after the break, the Bears held on by forcing 18 turnovers to sweep the Running Eagles in the season series.
Life (6-7) shot only 38.4 percent from the field and remained winless in five games against Mid-South Conference teams this season.
After Life scored the opening basket, UPIKE put up seven quick points, with senior Jamar Briscoe leading the way with four. The Running Eagles never regained the lead, but did pull within a basket at 18-16 on two Josh Lee free throws with 11:58 left.
Another seven-point run – thanks to a pair of Chris Johnson assists – pushed the Bears on top 31-20 with 6:55 to play. The first-half lead got to 14 twice, including at 2:21 to play on a layup by senior Terrance Saintil to make it 42-28, before the Bears went to the break on top 46-34.
While the Bears never trailed, Life pulled within three at 53-50 when junior Latraius Mosley scored with 13:38 left in the game. Pikeville led by 16 on four different occasions down the stretch before settling for the 14-point win.
Briscoe led all scorers with 22 points. He added four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. Senior Trevor Setty followed with 16, hitting all three of Pikeville’s three-point shots on the day.
Junior Darnell Tubbs came off the bench for 14 to go with four rebounds and three assists, while senior Chris Johnson and junior Brandon Greene had 10 each.
Greene paced the Bears with six rebounds while Johnson had 10 assists for his second double-double of the season.
Life had three players in double figures, led by senior Bobby Smith’s double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Mosley and senior Stefan Pope had 10 points each. Mosley had nine rebounds for the Eagles, who used 17 offensive rebounds for a 42-36 edge.
Pikeville will play its final game before Christmas on Monday when it hosts St. Andrews University. The game is the second of a doubleheader and set for a 6 p.m. tip.