The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team had their biggest test of the season as they hosted the current national favorites in the #1 ranked Bears of the University of Pikeville (UPike). Slowing down the tempo of the quicker Bears, the Patriots were able to take advantage of the pace, holding on to the lead for a majority of the game. With a late run by Pikeville making it a one score game as well as the Bears dominant work on the glass, the Patriots couldn't rally fast enough as they fell to by a score of 66-61. With the loss, Cumberlands now moves to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) play.
The Patriots began the game off to a slow start, struggling to find a rhythm offensively as a unit. Although the shots couldn't find their way to the bottom of the basket, the defensive pressure and physical play by Cumberlands allowed the men to jump ahead late in the game. While it wasn't enough to finish off the Bears, it was enough to solidify the Patriots as one of the most talented teams in the conference. Senior R.J. Scott (Slidell, LA) led the way for Cumberlands, posting a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Bradley (Alton, IL) chipped in 10 points of his own, while Steve Goins (Chicago, IL) and Shaquille Lowery (East Moline, IL) both added 9 points of their own.
The Patriots will travel to Lindsey Wilson College on Thursday night to face the Blue Raiders. Tip-off is set for 9:00 pm.
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