Tigers roar, blow out Crown College

CU-Somerset’s Antwan Hurt came off the Tigers bench on Monday night and played a solid game. Hurt hit four of six field goal attempts, scoring nine points and dishing out five assists, in helping lead coach Al Gover’s club to an impressive, 117-84 win over Crown College.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Coming off a 31-point loss over the weekend at West Virginia Tech, the Campbellsville University-Somerset Tigers got well and got well in a hurry on Monday night at Somerset Christian School.

Al Gover’s club coming into the game with a 2-5 record, hosted Crown College out of Powell, Tennessee and rebounded big-time while making an emphatic statement.

CU-Somerset put six players in double figures, had 10 players to score, dished out 32 assists, and shot 52.2 percent from the field for the game, on its way to an impressive, 117-84 win over the Crusaders.



“We’ve been preaching to our guys as far assists go that we need at least 20 per game, and we had 14 tonight at halftime, however the problem was, we also had 14 turnovers,” stated Gover immediately following the game.

“At least we were looking for each other tonight, and did a better job of doing that,” continued the Tigers head coach. “We’ve come a ways as far as trying to play together, and we’re sharing the ball more. We’ve got some more to do, and defensively, we need to get better and take some pride in stopping people.”

In a high-scoring affair, about the only thing the Tigers didn’t do well early was protect the basketball, turning the ball over 14 times in the opening half of play.

Still, even with that, CU-Somerset led Crown College by a 56-42 margin at the intermission.

In the second half, that’s when the Tigers put this one away and put things on cruise control, and everybody got in on the act for Gover’s club.

Somerset only turned the ball over three times over the final 20 minutes of play, while dishing out 18 assists in the frame.

The Tigers dished out a season-high 32 assists in the game, led by center Deion Finnison who tallied seven assists in the contest for CU-Somerset.

Geordan Reed tried to keep the Crusaders in this one by scoring a game-high 32 points, but Gover and crew had too much fire power for Crown to get back into this one.



The Tigers placed six players in double figures, led by TJ Owes who scored 17 points in the win for CU-Somerset.

Kenyan McKee tallied 16 points, Trevon Cooper scored 15 points, Finnison and Kevin Cofer each added 14 points, and Malik Lovan notched 11 points on a night when CU-Somerset made 47-90 field goal attempts for 52.2 percent, while dishing out those 32 assists.

“We had six guys in double figures, and we did a great job of sharing the basketball with each other tonight,” pointed out Gover.

“We played against a lot of two-three zone tonight which we don’t see very often, and we had been working some against that, but we have some more work to do in that area as well,” Gover added.”Our kids knew what to do, but we did get stagnant at times. Any win is a good win, and we’ll take it and go to K-State (Kentucky State) tomorrow and see if we can get another one.

The Tigers returned to action on Tuesday afternoon at Kentucky State, and will return home next Monday night, December 2nd at Somerset Christian School to face Johnson Bible College at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is FREE!!



Tigers fall at West Virginia Tech

By DOUG EADS

The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers — coming off an impressive win earlier last week over Welch College — got back at it over the weekend, playing on the road at West Virginia Tech.

Al Gover’s club — coming in as an underdog in this one — hung tough with the home team in the opening half, but thanks to Tech’s ability to hit from downtown, it was the Tigers falling to 2-5 on the season with a 101-70 setback to the Golden Bears.

Early on, the Tigers were able to stay within striking distance, only trailing Tech in this one 47-38 at the intermission.



However in the second half, the Golden Bears put their foot on the gas pedal and pulled away from Somerset.

For the game, West Virginia Tech outscored CU-Somerset 30-12 from behind the three-point line, hitting 10-27 field goal attempts from downtown.

Meanwhile, the Golden Bears outscored Gover’s club from the free throw line 17-8, and outrebounded the Tigers 45-33.

And, it all added up to a 101-70 loss for the Tigers, dropping CU-Somerset to 2-5 on the season.

CU-Somerset put three players in double figures in the loss, led by Keelan Kennedy who tallied 11 points.

Antwan Hurt and Kevin Cofer each chipped in with 10 points in the loss for the Tigers.

CU-Somerset will return to action tonight at Somerset Christian College, hosting Crown College at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the game is free.





Warriors run ends at Frederick Douglass

By DOUG EADS

Southwestern had won five games in a row headed into Friday night’s third round Class 5 A playoff game at Frederick Douglass, but the undefeated Broncos proved to the Warriors why they are indeed one of the favorites to win a state championship this season.

Quarterback Josh McClurg threw for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while running back Darius Neal scored on a pair of TD runs, in helping lead the undefeated Broncos to a 44-8 win over the Warriors.

Frederick Douglass — 13-0 on the season with Friday’s win — put this one away early, exploding for 16 points just over three minutes into the contest.



Neal scored his first touchdown of the night on the first play from scrimmage for the Broncos on a 30-yard run.

After that score, the Broncos executed an onside kick to perfection, and got the ball again.

Moments later, Neal raced into the end zone for a 16-yard score, and with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter, it was the Broncos already leading the Warriors 16-0.

Southwestern trailed in this game 30-0 at the intermission, and after Douglass scored on its first possession of the third period on a 49-yard scoring toss from McClurg to Ty Bryant, the Broncos led this one 37-0 and had the Warriors on the short end of a running clock.

Southwestern finally got on the board thanks to a 60-yard run for a TD by Tanner Wright, but by this time, the issue had long been decided.

With the loss, Southwestern finished the season at 7-6 on the year, which was a remarkable feat, considering that late in the year the Warriors were sitting at 2-5 on the season, before Jason Foley’s club went on that five-game winning streak.

Frederick Douglass meanwhile moves on to the Semi State round of the Class 5 A playoffs, hosting Owensboro this Friday night.



Tigers take down Welch College, 88-78

Campbellsville-Somerset’s Malik Lovan was all smiles on Tuesday night, after he led the Tigers along with teammate Keelan Kennedy by scoring 21 points. And, thanks to a great performance, Al Gover’s club won its second game of the season with an 88-78 win over Welch College.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Coming into Tuesday night’s game at Somerset Christian School, only one thing was for certain — Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers needed a win.

Once again playing without four starters, Gover and crew was short-handed against visiting Welch College, but unlike last Saturday’s loss at Berea — a game the Tigers led by 12 at the intermission — Gover’s club put two good halves together.

Malik Lovan and Keelan Kennedy each scored 21 points to the lead the Tigers in this one, while helping CU-Somerset shoot a very respectable 47.9 percent for the game by hitting 35-73 field goal attempts.



As a result, it was Somerset getting a win it desperately needed with a hard-fought, 88-78 win over the visiting Flames.

“This was a much-needed win because we had lost three or four in a row,” pointed out coach Gover immediately following the game.

“When you come home you’ve got to protect your court,” continued the CU-Somerset head coach. “We had some lapses at times, but again we were a little shorthanded tonight, but the guys we had out there played hard enough to help us get a win.”

Somerset raced out to a very quick lead in this one, on top of Welch College 24-13 with about eight minutes gone by, but the Flames would rally.

Behind the long-range shooting of Spencer Smith who hit six three’s in the game for the Flames, Greg Fawbush’s club tried to fight to get off the mat.

The Flames trimmed that early deficit down to three points, but the Tigers would then get things going once again, holding the lead at the intermission over Welch at 49-43.

In the second frame, once again the Tigers built up a double-digit advantage, and once again the Flames would rally.

CU-Somerset would go up by a dozen points at 55-43 early in the second half, but the Flames would close that deficit down to 63-58 moments later.



Late in the game, after falling behind by double figures once again, the Flames were able to stay within striking distance of Somerset, thanks to hitting 13-31 from behind the three-point line.

With 1:54 remaining in the game, the Tigers were clinging to just a six point lead at 82-76, but a mini, 6-0 spurt late helped Gover and crew finally put the Flames away in this one.

Lovan scored on a nice move into the paint to extend the lead at 84-76, and then AJ Thomas and Antwan Hurt scored on back to back layups after a pair of steals, and that sealed the win for a Campbellsville-Somerset team that improved to 2-4 on the year with the win.

“We played hard enough and together enough to pull out the victory, and anytime you get a win that is very pleasing for sure,” stated Gover.

“I tell the kids all the time that I would rather see stats all across the board than just points scored,” added Gover. “AJ (Thomas) had 14 points tonight and 13 rebounds, and he dished out five assists, and if everybody is doing that by filling up the stat sheet, we’re a much better team. We’ve be really preaching to the guys that this is not about ‘me’, but it’s about ‘we’,and I think that is starting to sink in with some of them.”

The Tigers — 2-4 on the season — will return to action on Saturday, traveling to West Virginia Tech.

Campbellsville-Somerset will return home next Monday night at Somerset Christian School to face Crown College at 7:30 p.m.

WC– 43 35 — 78



CU-S– 49 39 — 88

WELCH COLLEGE — Smith 26, Ward 12, Brown 8, Rumph 8, Mitchell 8, Barnett 5, Pelleaux 4, Alameda 3, Justice 2, Charlton 2.

CU-SOMERSET– Lovan 21, Kennedy 21, Thomas 14, Owes 10, Hurt 8, McKee 6, Cofer 4, Knowles 2, Johnson 2.



Despite a valiant effort, Tigers fall short at Berea College

Campbellsville-Somerset University point guard AJ Thomas scored 10 points and dished out a team-high five assists on Saturday night at Berea College, however the Mountaineers rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to take down Al Gover’s Tigers by a final score of 82-71.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

On Saturday night, the 1-3 Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers had three starters in street clothes.

That didn’t matter.

On Saturday night at Berea College, the Tigers were the Mountaineers homecoming opponent.



That didn’t matter.

What did matter was the fact that Al Gover’s club– with a young and depleted roster — rolled into Berea and punched the Mountaineers in the mouth from the get-go.

Freshman guard TC Wright scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half, while sophomore wing Keelan Kennedy tallied 10 of his team-high 21 points in the opening half of play, and as a result, it was CU-Somerset owning a 12-point lead over Berea the break by a 39-27 margin.

However, that euphoric feeling would not last.

The Mountaineers exploded for 55 points in the second frame, hitting 7-12 attempts from behind the three-point arc, and as a result, it was Berea roaring back to post an 82-71 win over Al Gover and company, dropping the Tigers to 1-4 on the young season.

“Berea played much better in the second half,and I also think that defensively, we were just not near as good in the second half to go along with that,” lamented coach Gover, after his team fell to 1-4 with the loss.

“No excuses, we just didn’t get it done in the second half,” Gover added. “In the first half, I thought we were pretty impressive at both ends of the floor. In the second half, it was just kind of the opposite. You have to put two halves together at this level if you expect to get a win, especially on the road against a good program like Berea.”

In that first half, the Tigers — again playing without Titus Ransom, Deion Finnison, and Meith Reclow — took it right at Berea.



Wright hurt the Mountaineers with his quickness,seemingly getting to the hoop down in the paint at any time he wanted to for layup after layup.

CU-Somerset shot the ball at a very respectable clip in that opening half of play, hitting on 17-41 field goal attempts for 41.5 percent.

In the second frame however when Berea was seemingly everything the Mountaineers threw up at the hoop, the Tigers went cold; ice-cold.

CU-Somerset made only 1-16 from the field in the second half from behind the three-point line, and for the game, the Tigers were only 4-31 from downtown for an ice-cold 12.9 percent.

Berea meanwhile was 11-23 from behind the three-point arc for the contest, and that was basically the difference in the game.

“We’re definitely a better shooting team than what we showed tonight,” pointed out Gover.

“We’ve got some work to do when teams play a zone against us, and honestly we don’t see a lot of zone,” added the CU-Somerset head coach. “We were stagnant in the second half, we weren’t moving, and we didn’t get the screens set that we needed to set.”

“We just kind of stood around at there in the second half and passed the ball around on the perimeter, and we didn’t use the short corner or the middle, so we’ve got some work to do,” Gover stated.



Kennedy led the Tigers with 21 points, while Wright added 19 points in the loss.

AJ Thomas meanwhile played a solid floor game with 10 points and a team-best 5 assists, while Malik Lovan came off the CU-Somerset bench to tally 12 points, before leaving late in the game due to an apparent shoulder injury — just what the Tigers — already playing short-handed, needed at this juncture of the season.

CU-Somerset — now 1-4 on the season — will return to action this Tuesday night, November 19th for a home game at Somerset Christian School against Welch College out of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Admission is free, and tip off is slated for 7:30p.m.



Warriors rally past Whitley County, 21-15

Warrior running back Chase Doan runs for a big gain against Pulaski County in week one of the Class 5 A playoffs. On Friday night, Doan scored Southwestern’s first TD of the night at Whitley County. Thanks to a big-time second half comeback, Jason Foley’s club rallied from a 15-6 halftime deficit to upend the home standing Colonels to capture a district championship by a final score of 21-15.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

Things didn’t look very promising for the Southwestern Warriors on Friday night in a district championship game at Whitley County, however Jason Foley’s club refused to go away and fold its tents.

Tanner Wright scored on a pair of touchdown runs in the second half, and thanks to 15 unanswered points after the intermission, Southwestern roared all the way back from the dead, erasing a 15-6 halftime deficit to the Colonels to claim a district championship with a hard-fought, 21-15 win at Whitley County.

Yes, the Warriors continued their roll — albeit after a slow start — by coming back to win their fifth game in a row.



And, it was a total team effort.

Chase Doan got the Warriors on the scoreboard thanks to his 3-yard TD run in first period, giving Southwestern a quick, 7-0 lead.

However, behind the running of Woody Lawson and the play at quarterback by Seth Mills, it was Whitley County mounting a comeback in the opening half of play.

Lawson rushed for 100 yards in the first half setting up the Colonels in great position on the field on multiple occasions.

Mills hit Zach Saylor for a 9-yard TD pass on the first play of the second period knotting up the score at 7-7, and Saylor also added a two yard run for another score later in the frame, while adding a two-point conversion run as well.

Thanks to that flurry, the Colonels led this one over the Warriors at 15-6 at the intermission.

Not to worry though, Southwestern wasn’t going away.

Running back Tanner Wright scored on a 4-yard run in the third period, and he would tack on another 4-yard jaunt in the final frame, and that TD would give Southwestern the lead for good.



Austin Barnes added a two-point conversion run after Wright’s fourth quarter score, and Southwestern would take a 21-15 lead with just under four minutes left in the contest.

At that point, the game was in Southwestern’s ‘D’s’ hands, and that ‘D’ came up clutch at crunch time.

Defensive tackle Mason Heath had several tackles for loss, while Barnes, Kenny Robinson, and company stiffened and held the Colonels rushing attack in check coming down the home stretch.

Lawson finished with a game-high 135 yards on 23 attempts, but only 35 of those yards came in the second half — a half that saw Southwestern dominate on both sides of the football.

With the win, Southwestern claims a district championship and moves onto the third round of the Class 5 A playoffs.

But, the road certainly gets tougher this week.

The Warriors — 7-5 on the season — will travel to Lexington on Friday night to face a perfect, 12-0 Frederick Douglass team that has scored 533 points on the season, averaging 44 .4 points per contest.

Kickoff for that game is set for 7:30 p.m.





Tigers drop a pair of games in Bluefield State Classic

CU-Somerset wing player Keelan Kennedy returned to the Tigers lineup last Saturday and poured in a game-high 26 points in his return, but the local club fell to home standing Bluefield State by a final count of 120-76.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By Doug Eads

The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers returned to action over the weekend playing a pair of games in the Bluefield State Classic in West Virginia, and Al Gover’s squad — still playing with a depleted lineup due to injuries and other factors — came up on the short end of both games, falling to 1-3 on the season.

In their first game on Friday night, the Tigers put together an impressive rally in the second half, but came up on the short end of a 100-93 score, falling to Bryant and Stratton.

“We got down early, but the kids played really hard and we played much better in the second half,” stated Gover.



“However, we only had eight guys that dressed due to injuries and other issues, and we had one leave the game early with an injury, so that just made it tough to be able to come all the way back,”added the Tigers head coach.

After shooting only 34 percent from the field in the opening half of play, the Tigers caught fire after the intermission,shooting 50 percent from the floor, attempting to rally from a 45-37 halftime deficit.

Gover’s club was able to score 56 points in the second frame, but it would not be enough, falling to Bryant and Stratton by a final score of 100-93.

Freshman guard TC Wright led the Tigers with a game-high 24 points, while Kenyan McKee added 14 points, and Trevon Cooper and AJ Thomas each chipped in with 12 points, and Jacorion Johnson added 11.

On Saturday, the Tigers had the daunting task of taking on the home team, Bluefield State which is a Division II school.

And, Somerset struggled mightily against a bigger team — both physically and in level of competition.

Campbellsville-Somerset fell behind by 21 points at halftime, trailing in this one 55-24, and things only got worse for Gover and company in the second half, in a 120-76 setback.

“I am not making excuses, but Bluefield State is a D-II school, so we were playing up in competition level, and we had some guys out, and compounding things for us, we just flat out did not play well at all,” lamented Gover.



“They were much bigger than us, as we only maybe one guy above six-feet tall in the game, and they were a bunch of men that just pushed us around physically,” Gover stated. “That’s not an excuse. We should have played better than we did, but we didn’t, so it’s all a learning process for a lot of these guys, and we just have to get back into the gym and work and try to get better.”

Keelan Kennedy — who missed a couple of games including the opening in the event on Friday night — returned to the Somerset lineup and led the Tigers in the loss with a game-high 26 points.

Wright added 11 points and Thomas chipped in with 10 points, as Campbellsville-Somerset with the loss fell to 1-3 on the season.

On a winning note, the CU-Somerset Tiger JV team picked up a win this past Monday night, rolling past Union College at Somerset Christian School by a final tally of 86-71.

Malik Lovan came off the Somerset bench to pour in a game-high 26 points, while Kennedy also hit for double figures with 16 points.

TJ Owes added 11 points, and McKee and Wright each notched 10 points.

The Tigers — 1-3 on the season — will return to action this Saturday with a game at Berea College at 7:30 p.m., before returning home next Tuesday at Somerset Christian School to host Welch College.

That game is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE.