No. 7-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) tipped off day two of the men's NAIA Division I Tournament Thursday with a 94-86 win over Bethel (Tenn.) in Kansas City, Mo.
The Bears will next face No. 10 Concordia (Calif.), a 74-62 winner over Oklahoma City, on Friday at 12:30 p.m.
"The team had to overcome adversity," said Pikeville Coach Kelly Wells. "Kenny Manigault and K.K. Simmons only got to play limited minutes due to foul trouble."
Macari Brooks led five Bears in double figures with 21 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Jackson Hussey tallied 14 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Manigault, Colt Chapman and Simmons chipped in with 12 points each.
Pikeville (27-5) never trailed in the game and took control early with a 10-0 run to claim a 23-10 lead at the 10:07 mark. Bethel responded with a 14-2 run and closed within six at halftime. Pikeville shot 17 of 31 (.548) from the field in the second half and converted 30 of 40 free throws (.750) for the game. Caleb Hardy led all scorers with 31 points for Bethel (23-10) to go along with 11 rebounds.
Wednesday's late game
Cumberlands 55, LSU Alexandria 47: Cumberlands defense carried it to a first-round victory Wednesday. The Patriots (23-10) turned a one-point halftime lead into the eight-point win thanks to LSU Alexandria making just 25 percent (6-of-24) in the second half, 33 percent overall (15-of-46).
The Patriots next play No. 8 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), a 74-56 winner over SAGU (Texas), on Friday at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
LSU Alexandria (23-4) led 38-33 with eight minutes left before the Patriots took control. A three-pointer by D'Lando Carter — one of his four on the night — started the comeback for Cumberlands. In a span of six minutes, the Patriots turned the five-point hole into a five-point lead at 47-42.
Syracuse: Coach Jim Boeheim said Thursday that the NCAA sanctions imposed on him and his program for violations that occurred for more than a decade were "unduly harsh" and that he will appeal them.
Boeheim, who announced Wednesday that he would retire in three seasons, maintained he did not have any "personal involvement" in findings outlined by the NCAA. Boeheim said NCAA allegations that he "did not monitor the activities regarding compliance ... could not be further from the truth. This is far from a program where student-athletes freely committed academic fraud."
POTUS picks UConn: President Barack Obama has picked Connecticut to win a third straight women's championship.
The president also picked his niece's team, No. 8 seed Princeton, to reach the Final Four. Leslie Robinson, whose aunt is Michelle Obama, is a reserve for Princeton. The president has South Carolina and Notre Dame as the other two Final Four teams.