GAME WINNER: University of Pikeville’s Rze Culbreath hit the game-winning shot to lift the Bears to a come-from-behind win over Cumberlands on Feb. 25.
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College Basketball Roundup: Culbreath’s late basket lifts Bears

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s Rze Culbreath took the in-bounds pass and drove the length of the floor and scored on a layup over two Cumberland defenders to lift the Bears to a 67-66 win on Senior Day at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 25.

 

UPIKE closed out the regular season at 24-6 overall and 9-5 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) games while Phoenix fell to 22-7 and 8-6 MSC.

 

Darrion Leslie tossed in 19 points and Trey Rakes added 17 as the Bears erased a 13-point, second-half deficit. Culbreath chipped in nine.

 

Eddie Tornes paced Cumberlands with 17 points. Bernard Samuel followed with 12.

 

The Bears open the MSC tournament against Cumberland (Tenn.) tonight in Frankfort.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

SCORE BY HALVES:

 

UC (22-7)….................................................................37 29 – 66

 

UP (24-6)…..................................................................24 43 – 67

 

Scoring:

 

Cumberlands (66) – Bernard Samuel 4(1) 1-2 12; Kelsley Wilkinson 4 3-6 11; Marquis Yates 2(1) 3-4 10; Chance Morton 3 2-2 8; Eddie Tornes 6(1) 2-2 17; Eric Duncan 3 0-0 6; and LaRoyce Eason 1 0-1 2. Totals: 23(3) 11-17 66.

 

UPIKE (67) – Trey Rakes 1(4) 3-4 17; Clint Nwosuh 2 2-3 6; Daniel Afeaki 2 0-0 4; Richard Freeman 0(1) 0-0 3; Marshall Bennett 1 0-0 2; Darrion Leslie 7 5-8 19; Rze Culbreath 1(1) 4-4 9; Jordan Perry 2 1-2 5; and Michael Lewis 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17(6) 15-21 67.

 

 

 

WOMEN

 

UPIKE………...........................................70

 

Cumberlands…......................................53

 

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville built a double-digit, halftime lead against Cumberlands and cruised to a 70-53 win in the regular-season finale and Senior Day at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 25.

 

Taylor McGlade fired in 15 points and Aundrea Matchen added 10 as the Bears improved to 20-9 overall and 8-6 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) games.

 

Essence Grey and Cheyenne Madden finished with 12 each for the Phoenix, now 14-14 and 4-10 MSC.

 

UPIKE opened MSC post-season play Thursday evening against Georgetown.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

UC (14-14)….....................................................9 11 16 17 – 53

 

UP (20-9)…......................................................12 21 16 21 – 70

 

Scoring:

 

Cumberlands (53) – Cheyenne Madden 6 0-0 12; Sarah Kelton 0 2-2 2; Kayla Bruner 1(1) 0-0 5; Essence Grey 3(1) 3-4 12; Megan Morton 1 0-0 2; Ashley Jackson 1(2) 1-2 9; Shaniece Wright 3 0-0 6; Rebecca Lewter 0(1) 0-0 3; and Brandi Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(5) 6-8 53.

 

UPIKE (70) – Kandice Porter 2 0-0 4; Emily Baker 2 2-2 6; Jamie Castle 1(1) 0-0 5; Aundrea Matchen 5 0-1 10; Kelah Eldridge 0(2) 0-0 6; Taylor McGlade 3(3) 0-0 15; Devin Conley 1(1) 2-2 7; Rachel Lee 2 0-2 4; Mia Greatrex 1 1-1 3; Brianna Burbridge 4 0-0 8; and Elisabeth Latham 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(7) 5-8 70.