Stillman College (Ala.)
|Stats at a Glance||CU||STILL|
|FG Percentage||.414 (29-70)||.515 (35-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.269 (7-26)||.387 (12-31)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.692 (9-13)|
- 19||Tamarco McDuffie
|Rebounds||Ty Sean Powell
- 7||Rafeal Adams
Blake Johnson - 6
- 3||DaQuan Forrest
- 1||Rafeal Adams
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Diondrey Holt, Jr., netted 19 points and Juandrico Walker posted 16, but Tamarco McDuffie scored 28 points off the bench and Stillman College made five 3-pointers in the last five minutes to run away from Cumberland, 91-72, in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at Birthright Alumni Hall.
McDuffie recorded the last 12 points of the first half for the Tigers (10-1) and didn’t let up in the second period, continually driving to the basket for points. He finished 9-for-11 from the field overall, a perfect 6-of-6 in the second half.
Despite his efforts, Cumberland (6-5) stayed within striking distance thanks to five points from Tranard Chester in his first action of the year as well as 3-pointers by Holt, Jr., and Trenton Perry. The Phoenix trailed 70-61 after Perry’s three with 6:47 remaining.
Dontaeveous Crawford nailed a triple for the Tigers and added a layup before the barrage of 3-pointers began with just over five minutes to play. DaQuan Forrest hit three straight triples and McDuffie added another before a Crawford alley-oop dunk in the final minute put the exclamation point on the victory of the home team.
The Tigers hit 6-of-11 from behind the arc in the second half, most of those in the closing minutes, and shot 60 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. Forrest finished with 17 points, Crawford posted 12 and Rafael Adams collected 14 along with a game-high nine rebounds.
Holt, Jr., and Walker were the only Cumberland players in double figures. CU did not fare as well from behind the arc, hitting just 7-of-26 overall, and committed 19 turnovers in the loss.
Holt, Jr., netted the first two points of the game on a layup but Cumberland trailed 11-2 just four minutes into the contest thanks to two baskets from Montego Hoskins, one a steal and dunk, and a 3-pointer by Jaylin Stewart. Stillman netted only four points over the next six minutes, though, allowing the Phoenix back into the game.
The first of four field goals in the half from Walker and a 3-pointer by Blake Johnson cut the deficit to 18-13. Walker made two free throws and added another basket before a deep three from Holt, Jr., made it 25-20 Stillman.
Walker got a putback and then a run-out dunk for a one-point game, but Forrest ended the 7-0 mini-run with a 3-pointer for the Tigers. Holt, Jr’s, acrobatic layup and a corner three by Andrew Rogan gave the Phoenix their first lead at 29-28.
Rogan scored again the next time down for Cumberland, but Stillman ended the half with a 12-4 spurt, all from Duffie. He made a pair of 3-pointers and six foul shots over the last 2:34 of the period, including four free throws in the last minute. The Tigers took a 42-35 lead to intermission after CU’s Rhyan Townes made a layup just before the buzzer.
Walker led Cumberland with 10 points and Holt, Jr., netted nine, but the Phoenix were just 3-for-14 from behind the arc and committed nine turnovers. McDuffie posted 15 points off the bench for Stillman, which connected on 6-for-20 from 3-point range.
Cumberland does not play again until December 29 against Dalton State College on the Roadrunner Classic in Dalton, Ga.