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Nwosuh, Leslie Help No. 3 UPIKE Past No. 6 Grand View 79-62 | Pikeville

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KANSAS CITY | Senior guard Clint Nwosuh fired in 22 points and junior Darrion Leslie added a double-double as the University of Pikeville picked up a 79-62 win over Grand View (Iowa) to get the second day of the Buffalo Funds/NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship started.

The Bears improve to 12-9 in 11 national-tournament appearances, and are now 5-6 in the opening round. Grand View was making its first trip to the national tournament.

Pikeville (27-7) jumped out to a 13-9 lead when senior Trey Rakes fired in the first of what would be three 3-pointers with 14:45 left.

The Vikings responded, however, and scored the game’s next 11 points. Four different players scored in the stretch, with senior Kerry Green and junior Nate Washington tossing in back-to-back threes. When junior Jjuan Hadnot split a pair from the line, Grand View led 20-13 with 9:49 to play.

But the Bears responded with a run of their own, immediately scoring 14 unanswered. Five different Bears contributed, with Nwosuh and Rakes tossing in 3s, and when Leslie scored with 4:52 to play, the Bears led 27-20.

They never trailed again.

 

After shooting 45.7 percent in the first half, the Bears were 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) in the second half and ended the game making exactly half of their 62 shots.

Playing a 3-point shooting powerhouse with more than 200 made 3s on the season, the Bears sank eight and allowed only five from outside.

Nwosuh’s scoring was powered by 4-of-7 from the arc, as he and Rakes combined for all but one of UPIKE’s treys. He added five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Leslie finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, all off the defensive glass. He added three assists and a pair of steals. Rakes finished with 11 on the day he tied former teammate Colt Chapman as the school’s all-time wins leader with 111 and Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year Jordan Perry added 10.

Grand View (20-11) was led by Green’s 17. Senior Chase Mullen followed with 14 thanks to 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line, and senior Alex Welsch followed with 10.

Pikeville awaits the winner of Columbia (Mo.), the two-seed in the eight-team quadrant, and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in the second round. That game is set to tip at 3:15 p.m. ET

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. start.

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