UPIKE MSC tournament roundup

By: 
Teddy Paynter

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville fell behind early on to Life University and the Bears came up on the short end of a 78-63 decision in the Mid-South Conference championship game played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 5.

The Bears, now 26-7, will enter the NAIA national tournament as an at-large entry while the Runnin’ Eagles, now 22-10, made the field as tournament champion.

Clint Nwosuh led the Bears with a game-high 22 points while Darrion Leslie followed with 19.

Dalariah Williams paced Life with 21 points and Zach Landis added 15.

At Frankfort

(MSC Championship)

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (26-7)…..30  33 – 63

LU (22-10)…41  37 – 78

Scoring:

UPIKE (63) – Clint Nwosuh 2(6) 0-0 22; Darrion Leslie 9 1-7 19; Jordan Perry 3 0-0 6; Trey Rakes 0(1) 0-0 3; Daniel Afeaki 1 0-0 2; Rze Culbreath 1(1) 0-0 5; Marshall Bennett 2 0-0 4; Antwine Baker 0 1-2 2; and Michael Lewis 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18(8) 3-11 63.

Life University (78) – Dalarian Williams 8 5-9 21; Zach Landis 5(1) 2-3 15; Jonathan Beausejour 3(2) 2-4 14; Ivan Benkovich 1(3) 1-1 12; Mike Miller 0(2) 3-6 9; and Courtney Warren 0(2) 1-2 7. Totals: 17(10) 14-25 78.

UPIKE…………..74

Georgetown……..67

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville snapped a five-game losing streak against Georgetown as the Bears scored a 74-67 win in the Mid-South Conference semifinals played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 4.

UPIKE improved to 26-6 overall and reached the tournament finals for the sixth time.

Jordan Perry led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points while Darrion Leslie followed with 15. Trey Rakes tossed in 12 and Michael Lewis added 10.

Quan Pointdexter paced the Tigers (23-7) with 23 points.

At Frankfort

(MSC Semifinals)

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (26-6)….36  38 – 74

GC (23-7)….30  37 – 67

Scoring:

UPIKE (74) – Jordan Perry 6 4-4 16; Darrion Leslie 6 3-3 15; Trey Rakes 1(1) 7-7 12; Clint Nwosuh 0(1) 2-2 5; Michael Lewis 5 0-7 10; Rze Culbreath 3 2-2 8; and Marshall Bennett 2(1) 1-2 8. Totals: 23(3) 19-27 74.

Georgetown College (67) – Quan Poindexter 6(1) 8-10 23; Chris Coffey 6 3-4 15; Troy Steward 1(3) 2-4 13; Darion Burns 5 0-2 10; Jacob Conway 1 2-2 4; and Raymond Baldwin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(4) 15-22 67.

UPIKE………….82

Cumberland…….62

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville dominated from the opening tip against Cumberland and the Bears advanced in the Mid-South Conference tournament with an 82-62 win at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 3.

Jordan Perry fired in a game-high 20 points and Rze Culbreath finished with 16 as the Bears moved to 25-6 and into the semifinals. Clint Nwosuh added 12.

Diondrey Holt Jr., led the Phoenix (12-15) with 17 points.

At Frankfort

(MSC Tournament)

SCORE BY HALVES:

CU (12-15)….30  32 – 62

UP (25-6)…….37  45 – 82

Scoring:

Cumberland (62) – Diondrey Holt Jr. 5(2) 1-3 17; Jamonte Graham 2 2-2 6; DeQuan Bond 0(2) 0-0 6; Marquel Hickerson 2 1-3 5; Delaryn Dodd 2 0-0 4; Will Shelton 3 3-3 9; Ronell Abaekobe 2(1) 0-1 7; Reid Pierce 1 1-2 3; Trenton Perry 0(1) 0-0 3; and Rhyan Townes 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18(6) 8-14 62.

UPIKE (82) – Jordan Perry 8 4-4 20; Clint Nwosuh 1(3) 1-2 12; Trey Rakes 2 4-4 8; Darrion Leslie 2 2-6 6; Daniel Afeaki 1 0-0 2; Rze Culbreath 1(3) 5-6 16; Marshall Bennett 2(1) 2-4 9; Michael Lewis 2 3-3 7; and Richard Freeman 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(7) 21-28 82.

WOMEN

Shawnee State…..79

UPIKE……………74

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville’s upset bid of top-seeded Shawnee State came up short as the Bears fell 79-74 in the Mid-South Conference tournament semifinals played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 4.

SSU, now 30-2, used a 10-4 run over the final three minutes plus to escape the Bears, now 21-10.

Kelah Eldridge scored 11 points and Kandice Porter added 10 in the loss.

Madison Ridout led all scorers for the SSU.

UPIKE now awaits its selection to the NAIA national tournament in Billings, Mont.

At Frankfort

(MSC Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

UP (21-10)…17  22  20  15 – 74

SSU (30-2)…20  23  15  21 – 79

Scoring:

UPIKE (74) – Kandice Porter 5 0-0 10; Emily Baker 1 3-4 5; Jamie Castle 0(1) 4-4 7; Aundrea Matchen 2 0-0 4; Kelah Eldridge 4(1) 0-0 11; Taylor McGlade 0(1) 2-2 5; Devin Conley 3(1) 0-0 9; Rachel Lee 4 1-2 9; Mia Greatrex 0 1-2 1; Brianna Burbridge 2 2-2 6; and Elisabeth Latham 2(1) 0-0 7. Totals: 23(5) 13-16 74.

Shawnee State (79) – Jen Arnzen 0(2) 0-0 6; Jonessa Moore 6 4-5 16; Brandie Snow 3 4-6 10; Madison Ridout 4(2) 6-8 20; Bailey Cummins 4(1) 2-2 13; Ashton Lovely 0(3) 0-0 9; Hannah Miller 1 0-0 2; and Lydia Poe 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19(8) 17-23 79.

UPIKE………….73

Georgetown…….59

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville overcame a sluggish first half to pull away and beat Georgetown, 73-59, in the Mid-South Conference tournament opener played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 2.

Kelah Eldridge fired in 18 points and Devin Conley added 15 as the Bears advanced to the semifinals against Shawnee State. Brianna Burbridge followed with 14.

Kennedy Flynn led the Tigers (8-20) with 16 points and Emilie Ziese added 15.

At Frankfort

(MSC Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

GC (8-20)….22  10  7  20 – 59

UP (21-9)….20  11  19  23 – 73

Scoring:

Georgetown College (59) – Emilie Ziese 7 1-2 15; Shakela Smith 2 0-0 4; Kennedy Flynn 3(2) 4-6 16; Lydia Graves 1 1-2 3; Shelby Beam 1(3) 0-0 11; Abbey Van Zant 0(1) 0-0 3; Justus Martin 1 2-2 6; and Leslie Fries 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16(6) 9-14 59.

UPIKE (73) – Kandice Porter 0(1) 2-2 5; Emily Baker 1 0-0 2; Jamie Castle 2 0-0 4; Aundrea Matchen 1 0-0 2; Kelah Eldridge 3(4) 0-0 18; Taylor McGlade 2 0-0 4; Adison Corder 0(1) 0-0 3; Devin Conley 3(3) 0-0 15; Rachel Lee 1 0-0 2; Mia Greatrex 1 0-0 2; Brianna Burbridge 5 4-6 14; and Elisabeth Latham 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19(9) 8-10 73.