Bulldogs triumph in overtime
PULASKI, Tenn. – Adam Barnett drained a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Lindal Yarbrough went the length of the floor in the final seven seconds of the extra period, sinking a jumper to give Cumberland University a 101-99 overtime win over Martin Methodist College Saturday.
The Bulldogs (10-14, 8-5 TranSouth Conference) rallied from as many as seven points late in the second half to get in position to extend the game.
With less than a minute to play in regulation and trailing by three, Cumberland got the ball in the hands of Yarbrough, who took a shot from behind the arc. The attempt was off the mark and the transfer from Middle Tennessee picked up his own rebound and kicked it to Barnett in the left corner.
Barnett was fouled on the trey but missed the shot from the charity stripe. Martin Methodist (18-10, 6-8) got the rebound and couldn’t do anything with it as the clock hit zero.
In overtime Cumberland took a 99-95 lead before Chris Goodwin made a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game. After a CU timeout Brandon Springer inbounded the ball to Yarbrough, who got tied up with Marques Washington. The alternating possession went to MMC with 22 seconds left on the clock.
With seven seconds remaining Michael Pettiford fouled Will Shackleford, sending the RedHawk to the line with a chance to put the home team on top. The league’s leading rebounder made only the second of the two shots, leaving the score tied at 99.
Springer again found Yarbrough on the inbounds play and the junior went nearly to the opposite baseline before stopping and sinking the game-winner, the last of his season-high 16 points.
The Bulldogs were led by Springer, who recorded his 15th double-double of the year with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Ayodeji contributed 15 points, while Haris Batalevic and Barnett added 12 and 11, respectively.
Shackleford scored 28 to pace the RedHawks.
Cumberland concludes its regular season schedule next week, traveling to Mid-Continent on Monday at 8 p.m. and hosting the Cougars Saturday at 4 p.m.