|November 17, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FHU-M||CU-M|
|FG Percentage||.542 (32-59)||.429 (24-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.348 (8-23)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.769 (10-13)|
Gaston - 3
Meis - 1
Shell - 1
Dodson - 1
Dern - 1
Gaston - 1
LEBANON, Tenn. – Josh Wilkerson posted 19 points and Tylor Owens added 12, but Cameron Lewis led four Freed-Hardeman players in double figures with 24 points and the Lions used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to take an 81-66 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (3-3) trailed only 50-47 after a DeMario Frazier layup with 12:29 left in the game, but Freed-Hardeman (3-0) scored 15 of the next 19 points over a four-minute stretch, breaking open a close contest.
Vincent Dodson started and ended the run with layups, Lewis added a 3-pointer and Evan Forhetz posted a layup as well as an old-fashioned 3-point play. The Bulldogs were 0-for-6 from the field, including four misses from 3-point range, with two turnovers during the stretch, giving FHU a 65-51 advantage with 8:10 to play. Cumberland never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Wilkerson recorded seven rebounds along with the 19 points. Owens made three 3-pointers in his 12 points and Jarrod Gaston finished with 10 points despite missing most of the first half with two quick fouls.
Trevor Randolph posted 15 points for the Lions, all in the first half, while Dodson added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Forhetz collected 11 points and eight assists. Freed-Hardeman also took advantage of 16 CU turnovers, turning those into 26 points.
Cumberland was down 10-4 in the first three minutes of the game thanks to three turnovers and three missed shots. Lewis had five points for FHU and the Lions extended the lead to 16-7 on a layup by Lewis and a jumper from Stephen Shell.
Consecutive buckets by the two Wilkersons and two foul shots from Telvin Wilkerson cut the deficit to three, but a 3-pointer by Randolph and a layup from Lewis pushed the lead back to eight. Alex Flagler’s trifecta and another one from Owens along with a tip-in by Marquel Hickerson made it 28-26 FHU with 5:41 left in the half.
Lewis nailed a 3-pointer late in the half and a jumper from Randolph gave the Lions a 38-31 advantage before an old-fashioned 3-point play by Josh Wilkerson cut the deficit to four at the break.
Freed-Hardeman took advantage of eight CU turnovers in the period, netting 14 points off the miscues. Randolph scored 15 points with a pair of 3-pointers and Lewis added 14 for the Lions.
Josh Wilkerson paced the Bulldogs with seven points and Telvin Wilkerson and Owens each had six for Cumberland.
Cumberland plays at eighth-ranked Georgetown College on Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Time.