KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Senior guard Vance Cooksey scored 23 points Wednesday morning as unseeded Pikeville knocked off defending champion and No. 9 seed Oklahoma Baptist 76-61 in the opening game of the NAIA Division I men's basketball tournament.
Cooksey, who made seven of 14 shots, also had a game-high seven assists. Sophomore Trevor Setty (Mason County) tied a season high with 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Pikeville (26-7) advances to the round of 16 where it will play Azusa Pacific (29-5) at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday.
The Bears prevailed despite early foul trouble. Three Bears fouled out, including frontcourt starters Quincy Hankins-Cole and Andre Thornton.
Pikeville trailed 26-18 early but closed the half with a 25-9 run to lead 43-35 at halftime. Oklahoma Baptist (24-9) opened the second half with an 8-0 burst to tie the score, but the Bears pulled away from there.
Lindenwood 78, St. Catharine 72: Junior guard Kramer Soderberg made all 11 of his free-throw attempts — including six in the last 60 seconds — on his way to a game-high 27 points for the Lions, who earned its first-ever win at the NAIA Division I tournament.
Lindenwood improved to 29-5 on the year and moves on to Friday's second-round action. The Lions will meet either No. 3 Mountain State University (W.Va.) or Park University (Mo.) in the round of 16 Friday at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
Junior guard Marquis Lee came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points for St. Catharine, which was making its first national tournament appearance. Senior Xavier Keeling added 16 points.
Grant inducted into Hall
The NAIA inducted Travis Grant, Bill Odell, Scottie Pippen and Terry Porter into the NAIA Hall of Fame during the Division I Men's Basketball National Championship tip-off banquet.
Grant played for Kentucky State from 1968-1972 and led the team to three consecutive NAIA National Championships (1970-1972). He finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of college basketball.