Unseeded Pikeville Completes Championship Run

Unseeded Pikeville Completes Championship Run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (FINAL BRACKET; Box Score) Unseeded Pikeville College (Ky.) claimed its first NAIA national championship with an 83-76 overtime victory Tuesday against No. 3 seed Mountain State University (W.Va.) in the title game of the 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium.

Sophomore forward Trevor Setty, who earned the Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player award following Tuesday's contest, registered game-high totals of 32 points and 17 rebounds in leading the Bears to an unprecedented run through the national tournament. Pikeville becomes the first unseeded team since the tournament began the seeding process in 1957 to win five games against five top-10 seeds in the event. The Bears close out the season with an overall record of 30-7. It marks the first 30-win season in program history.

"Our motto all season has been `All In'," said Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells, who was named the Rawlings-NAIA Coach of the Year following the Bears' victory. "This isn't just about us, about this team and this staff. This is bigger than us. This is for all of us. Everyone who ever played at Pikeville or coached there or came to a game to offer support. It's for all of Eastern Kentucky, for all the mountains and the entire Commonwealth."

Senior forward Quincy Hankins-Cole also posted a double-double for Pikeville with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while senior guard Justin Hicks had 21 points in the winning effort. Senior guard Vance Cooksey dished out a game-high eight assists for the Bears. Pikeville becomes the first team from the Mid-South Conference to win the NAIA Division I championship since Georgetown College (Ky.) in 1998. The Bears also become the seventh school to earn their first national tournament title since the event returned to Municipal Auditorium in 2002.

Pikeville, which trailed 41-36 at the half, trailed for much of the second half before Hankins-Cole sank two free throws with 28.1 seconds on the clock to even the contest at 68-68. Senior guard Tay Spann missed a shot in the lane with four seconds left on the clock and senior forward Ryan Washington grabbed the rebound. Washington's putback attempt was blocked by Hankins-Cole with just over a second remaining, and Hicks grabbed the rebound for Pikeville to send the game into overtime.

Junior guard Doug Wiggins hit two free throws on the first of overtime for Mountain State before Pikeville reeled off seven consecutive points to grab the lead for good. Hankins-Cole hit a shot in the lane to tie the game at 70-70 before a basket by Hicks at the 2:55 mark pushed the Bears in front to stay, 72-70. Another basket by Hankins-Cole and a free throw from junior guard Quintell Maxwell capped the run to give the Bears a 75-70 advantage.

Mountain State pulled within 75-73 on a free throw from Wiggins and a bucket from senior guard Winston Robinson, but Pikeville answered as Hicks drove the lane, hit a lay-up and was fouled with 38 seconds remaining. His free throw pushed the Bears' lead back to 79-73. Spann scored on a lay-up on the Cougars' next possession to trim the deficit to 79-73 with 23 seconds on the clock, but that was as close as Mountain State would come the rest of the way. Pikeville hit 5-of-6 attempts from the foul line in the last 15.3 seconds to seal the victory and the national championship.

"We fought for five days," said Mountain State head coach Bob Bolen. "We didn't quit. We won four of them together and we lost one together. I give Pikeville credit. I thought they played a good game. I'm proud of my guys. We fought the whole 45 minutes. They (Pikeville) did a good job."

In the first half, Mountain State used a 9-2 run to grab a 25-18 lead midway through the period. Junior guard Mark Williams and freshman center David Nyarsuk combined to score all nine points during the burst for the Cougars. Pikeville battled back to cut the deficit to 29-28 before Mountain State stretched the advantage back to 41-36 at the intermission.

Four players scored in double figures for Mountain State, which ended its season with a 33-4 record. Spann led the attack with 16 points and added nine rebounds. Wiggins chipped in with 13 points and a team-leading three steals, while Williams and Nyarsuk each posted 10 points. Nyarsuk also pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds for the Cougars, who were playing in their fourth NAIA championship contest. Mountain State won its only title back in 2004.

Pikeville's Setty was joined on the All-Tournament team by Hankins-Cole and Cooksey, while Mountain State was represented by Spann, Wiggins and Nyarsuk. Rounding out the All-Tournament Team from this year's championship were Ree McCrory and James Justice of Martin Methodist College (Tenn.), Justin Johnson from Concordia University (Calif.) and Vic Moses of Georgetown (Ky.). Nyarsuk earned the Charles Stevenson Hustle Award for his play throughout the tournament.

Game Notes:
Mountain State - It is the second year in a row that Mountain State ended its season in an overtime game...In 2010, the Cougars lost to Southern Poly State (Ga.) 93-90 in overtime in its second-round matchup... Mountain State shot just 4-of-19 (.211) from three-point land for the night...The Charles Stevenson Hustle Award winner, David Nyarsuk, recorded his second double-double of the tournament with 10 points and 11 rebounds...Out of teams that played a minimum of two games, the Cougars ranked second right behind Pikeville (46.6 RPG) with 46.2 boards per game...It is the third runner-up finish for Mountain State in four title appearances (winning it in 2004).

Pikeville - Pikeville became the seventh school to win their first NAIA Division I championship since the event returned to Municipal Auditorium in 2002 (Science and Arts (Okla.)) in 2002, Concordia (Calif.) in 2003, Mountain State (W. Va.) in 2004, John Brown (Ark.) in 2005, Texas Wesleyan in 2006 and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in 2009...The Bears are the first unseeded school in championship history to defeat five seeded teams in the tournament...They were the first school to beat four seeded teams since 1957 (Tennessee A&I)...Trevor Setty tied his career-high of 32 points, shooting 10-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-12 from beyond the arc...The seven three-pointers was a season-high for trifectas in a single game by Setty...In addition, Setty also exceeded his previous season-high in rebounding (12) with 17 total rebounds...On the year, guard Vance Cooksey was shooting 49.7 percent from the field, but was held to 1-of-12 (.083) from the floor before fouling out in the second half...Pikeville only led twice at halftime in its five National Championship games...The Bears are the first Mid-South Conference team to win the national title since Georgetown (Ky.) in 1998.

Miscellaneous - It was the first overtime game of the 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship...This year's title game marked the first overtime in a championship game since 2003, when Concordia (Calif.) defeated Mountain State 88-84...There have been seven total overtimes in championship final history...Since 2003, the title game has had a winning margin of six points.

All-Tournament Team
Vance Cooksey, Pikeville (Ky.)
Quincy Hankins-Cole, Pikeville (Ky.)
Justin Johnson, Concordia (Calif.)
James Justice, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Ree McCrory, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.)
David Nyarsuk, Mountain State (W. Va.)
Trevor Setty, Pikeville (Ky.)
Tay Spann, Mountain State (W. Va.)
Doug Wiggins, Mountain State (W. Va.)

Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player
Trevor Setty, Pikeville (Ky.)

Rawlings-NAIA Coach of the Year
Kelly Wells, Pikeville (Ky.)

Player of the Year
Justin Johnson, Concordia (Calif.)

Charles Stevenson Hustle Award
David Nyarsuk, Mountain State (W. Va.)

Dr. James Naismith-Emil S. Liston Sportsmanship Award
Pikeville (Ky.)

Charles A. Krigel Award
Kelly Wells, Pikeville (Ky.)

Chuck Walden Memorial Trophy
The Aladdin Hotel, Pikeville (Ky.)

Frank Cramer Award
Dal Hindley, NAIA Sixth Man