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COLLEGE HOOPS -- CU hosts Bluefield Feb. 8

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Cumberland University's basketball teams will host Bluefield College Saturday on "Play4Kay Day" at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The women's basketball team will take the floor at 2 p.m. followed by the CU vs. Bluefiled men at 4 p.m.

(men) Pikeville 64, Cumberland 60
LEBANON -- Marquel Hickerson tied his career-high with 29 points, making five 3-pointers, but Elisha Justice and Josh Whitaker made plays down the stretch for second-ranked Pikeville in a 64-60 victory Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs hung tough with the Bears (20-2, 10-1 Mid-South), who led for most of the game but watched Cumberland take its first lead of the game, 42-41, on a Lester Gude layup with 12:15 remaining in the contest. Pikeville responded with an 8-1 spurt, with Bruce Reed and Kenny Manigault netting all eight points for a 49-43 advantage with 7:42 remaining.

Lamar Brinkley’s putback after Moritz Dern offensive rebound pulled CU within 49-47 with 5:35 left, but Whitaker hit a 3-pointer and was fouled the next time down the floor and added a jumper plus the foul two possessions later, helping the Bears push the lead back to 11 with just over four minutes to play.

Hickerson made his final two 3-pointers the next two trips for the Bulldogs (12-9, 4-8), making it 58-53 with 3:08 to play, but Reed hit two foul shots and Justice had a layup plus the foul to ice the game for Pikeville.
Hickerson connected on 11-of-22 shots overall and was 5-for-10 from behind the arc, but the rest of the club made just 13-of-46 from the field and was 2-for-10 from 3-point range. Hickerson and Gude, who finished with 10 points, were the only CU players in double figures in the game.
Justice paced the Bears with 22 points and Whitaker added 16. Manigault posted 12 points as well, though

(women) Pikeville 68, Cumberland 63
LEBANON -- TaCouya Allen scored 23 points and added nine rebounds, but Callisha Johnson countered with 21 points, leading three Pikeville players in double figures in a 68-63 Bears victory in women’s basketball action Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Pikeville (11-12, 5-6 Mid-South) outscored the Bulldogs, 9-4, over the final 2:09 of the game, playing better in the final minutes to pull out the victory, just as the Bears did in the first meeting this season when they ended the contest on a 14-5 run, hitting all eight foul shots in the final minute. On Thursday the visitors were 5-for-6 at the charity stripe in the final minute.

Allen connected on all 12 of her free throw attempts, a career-best for makes and attempts, including all 10 in the second half, keeping the Bulldogs in the game. Cumberland (9-11, 5-7) shot just 22 percent from the field in the second half, including 1-of-7 at the foul line, but hit 18-of-20 at the foul line, taking advantage of 13 personal fouls whistled on Pikeville after the break.

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