Stellar defensive effort leads Berkeley College to impressive 62-59 victory over the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday afternoon

Stellar defensive effort leads Berkeley College to impressive 62-59 victory over the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday afternoon

The Berkeley College men's basketball team picked up a big victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating to the Patriots of the University of the Cumberlands by a score of 62-59. The contest took place as part of the Campbellsville Classic at the Powell Athletic Center in Campbellsville, Kentucky. With the victory, the Knights improved to 3-1 on the 2018-2019 campaign, while the Patriots slipped to a mark of 7-2 on the season.

For Berkeley College in its victory, offensive standout Deylon Bovell connected on seven of his 11 shots from the floor to finish with a team-high 14 points. He also added three steals and three rebounds, as well. Senior Ricardo Ayuso contributed nine points, and veteran Darius Ward drilled three shots from downtown to finish with nine points.

Despite the loss for the University of the Cumberlands, the Patriots were paced by Anthony Eaves, as he dropped-in a game-high 20 points while hitting on seven of his 15 shots from the floor. He also snatched four rebounds and added three steals. Malik Colvin-Sheldon chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists, and Jahi Hinson added nine points and five rebounds.

In a game that saw 19 lead changes, Berkeley College would handle adversity well at many different stages of this contest. The Knights trailed 13-5 just eight minutes into the game, but put together an impressive 15-4 run over a span of 5:02 to catapult ahead by a score of 20-17. That aforementioned spurt was capped by a three-point basket from Darius Ward. The teams continued to go back and forth for the remainder of the opening session, with neither the Knights or the Patriots taking more than a three-point advantage for the remainder of the half. As the teams entered the locker room at halftime, the University of the Cumberlands held a slim 33-32 lead.

The second half continued to feature very competitive basketball between the two unfamiliar foes. The squads went toe-to-toe with one another until just under four minutes to play when Ayuso would put the Knights up for good by burying a long three-point basket. At that juncture, Berkeley held a 58-55 advantage, a lead the Knights would not relinquish. Berkeley ended up allowing just one Patriot field goal in the final 5:26 of the game, eventually holding on for a hard-fought three-point victory.

Berkeley connected on 40 percent of its shots from the floor (23-58) compared to a 37 percent conversion rate for the Univesitt of the Cumberlands (20-54). The Knights won the turnover battle, committing 17 miscues while forcing 19 Patriot mistakes. The University of the Cumberlands won the rebounding battle, snatching 40 caroms to the Knights' 34. The Patriots recorded 10 assists to Berkeley's seven, and each team had three blocks.

The Knights will return to action tomorrow afternoon, as Berkeley will look to make it two victories in three games on its Kentucky trip when it takes on the University of Pikeville. That contest tips-off at 2:00pm.