Big run carries Oakwood to victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but Oakwood University put together a 32-11 run over eight minutes in the second half en route to an 85-76 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (0-3) led 58-51 with 10:45 remaining in the second half before the Ambassasors (5-2) went on their game-changing run, led by eight points from Kareem Telesford, seven by Ronald Bushner and six from Landon Bertram. Bushner hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run, while Telesford and Bertram both hit one trifecta during the stretch.
Telesford led Oakwood with 27 points, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 8-of-12 at the foul line. Bertram added 19 points and Bushner had 13.
Cumberland shot 50 percent from the field but was again plagued by turnovers, committing 25 miscues in the contest, leading to 25 points for Oakwood. Springer was 12-for-13 from the floor, while the rest of the club went 15-for-41. The Bulldogs also made only 20-of-31 foul shots and had just six assists.
Cumberland shot 48 percent in the first half but committed a costly 15 turnovers, leading to 11 points for the Ambassadors. Springer was much more aggressive in the contest, scoring 19 of CU’s 38 points in the period before picking up his second and third fouls in the final two minutes, including a charge with 46 seconds left.
The Bulldogs also did not score a field goal over the final 4:55 of the half, netting just five free throws the rest of the period. CU led by as many as 14 midway through the half, but an 11-0 run by Oakwood cut the advantage to 24-21 with 8:30 remaining.
Bertram and Telesford both scored 10 points in the period for Oakwood, who shot just 29 percent from the floor but used its defense to get back in the game.
Cumberland hosts Talladega College on November 18 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.