Griggs nets career-high but Patriots come up short in MSC Quarterfinals

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Jordan Griggs recorded a season-high 30 points, while Jahi Hinson added 24 points however it wasn't enough as the fourth-seed Patriots fell to fifth-seed Campbellsville 88-87 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament Saturday. With the win the Tigers improve to 22-8, while the Patriots move to 21-10.

It was a back and forth game right from the start as they were seven lead changes and three ties in the first five minutes of action making the score 13-13. Campbellsville went of a 14-4 run, over the next five minutes to take a 27-17 lead midway through the first half. The Patriots battled back as Griggs score UC's next six points cutting the deficit to six points. Campbellsville push their lead back to ten points before Malik Colvin-Seldon found Jahi Hinson for a three-pointer to make it 37-30 with 4:28 remaining. A Nnamdi Van Dulm three-pointer sparked an 11-2 Patriots run to close out the half and even the score 43-43.

Van Dulm tallied a steal and converted a layup to give UC their first lead since the 15:53 mark of the first half. Griggs added five points over the next two minutes to give Cumberlands a 50-48 lead with 17:16 remaining. The game was tied three times before Travon Labranche hit from long range to put UC in front 59-56 with 13:59 remaining in the second half. Hinson added six straight Patriot points before the Tigers scored seven unanswered to take a 67-65 lead with 8:58 left. After tying the game, Van Dulm completed a three-point play to give UC a 70-67 lead. The teams continued to trade baskets until Griggs drained a three-pointer to push UC's lead to five with 5:10 remaining. Campbellsville used a 10-2 run to take an 83-80 lead with 2:32 remaining. Cumberlands cut the score to one but couldn't retake the lead as the Tigers held on for the 88-87 final.

Griggs shot 9-13 from the field, including 4-5 from three-point range and making eight of nine at the line. Van Dulm netted 16 points, while Caleb Taylor grabbed nine rebounds.

UC now awaits the announcement of the qualifiers for the NAIA National Tournament, which takes place Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m.