Cumberland (12-15) trailed 37-30 at the half but scored seven of the first 10 points of the second period, including baskets by Diondrey Holt Jr. and Delaryn Dodd as well as three free throws, pulling the Phoenix within 40-37. Pikeville answered with an 11-2 spurt started by a 3-pointer from Marshall Bennet.
Five different players scored during the run for the Bears (25-6), with two foul shots by Michael Lewis extending the advantage to 51-39. Holt Jr. and Marquel Hickerson made field goals for CU, but Jordan Perry connected on a pair of fast-break layups for Pikeville.
Holt Jr.’s 3-pointer made it a nine-point game again before another big run by the Bears, this one 17-5, pushing the UPike lead to 72-51. Jordan netted six points and old-fashioned 3-point plays from Darrion Leslie and Lewis ended the stretch.
Clint Nwosuh added 12 points for the Bears, who scored 24 points off a season-high 23 Cumberland turnovers in the contest. Holt Jr. was the only Phoenix player in double figures with 17 points.
The teams had four lead changes in the first three-plus minutes and back-to-back 3-pointers from Holt Jr. and DeQuan Bond put the Phoenix ahead, 13-9, but Cumberland scored just two points over the next five minutes.
Pikeville put together a 14-2 spurt during that span that included a pair of triples by Nwosuh and a layup from Perry, who netted 10 points in the period. Daniel Afeaki’s putback gave the Bears a 23-15 advantage midway through the half.
Culbreath hit a 3-pointer for Pikeville and a basket by Bennett pushed the lead to 11 for the Bears, but Cumberland scored the next eight points to make it a three-point game.
Reid Pierce’s bucket in the paint and a field goal and two foul shots from Will Shelton preceded a field goal by Rhyan Townes, making it 28-25 with 3:53 left in the period. Baskets by Nwosuh and Try Rakes to end the half put Pikeville ahead, 37-30, at intermission.
Nwosuh led all scorers with 11 points and Holt Jr. paced the Phoenix with nine points.