The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team is facing their first test of the season as they experienced two tough losses this week on the road against the Pikeville Bears and the UVA-Wise Cavaliers. The Patriots fell to the #5 Pikeville Bears on Thursday night in front of a rowdy crowd 80-64, while falling short to the Cavs on Saturday afternoon 69-54. The Patriots now move to 15-3 on the season and 6-2 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) play.
On Thursday night, the Patriots faced a talented Pikeville squad in front of a packed crowd at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. Although the Bears came out firing on all cylinders, the Patriots stayed close the entire game until the final minutes when Pikeville pulled away for the 80-64 win over UC. Although the Patriots failed to get the offense going on a consistent level, there still were some bright spots in the game. Antonio Bumpus (Columbus, OH) scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, giving him another impressive double-double on the season. James Archie (Jackson, MS) also shot the ball well scoring 10 points of his own.
The Patriots headed to Virginia on Saturday looking to regain their winning ways against the hungry UVA-Wise Cavs. However, the Cavs proved to be too much with the support of their home crowd, jumping ahead of the Patriots and never looking back. Shooting a season low 26% from the free-throw line, the Patriots struggled to put points up on the board late in the game as they fell for a 2nd straight conference game 69-54. James Archie and Shaquille Lowery (East Moline, IL) both scored 12 points each, while Ernie McCoy (Columbus, OH) added 8 points and 5 assists.
The Patriots will look to snap their losing streak this week as they travel to face the Campbellsville Tigers on Thursday at 8 pm and the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders on Saturday at 5 pm.
For more information on the Patriot men's basketball program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article by Stephanie Quattrociocchi, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant