January 10, 20191st2ndFinal
Cumberland292453
Campbellsville233154
Stats at a GlanceCUCAMP
FG Percentage.404 (23-57) .290 (18-62)
3P FG Percentage.182 (2-11) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.417 (5-12) .706 (12-17)
Offensive Rebounds118
Defensive Rebounds3629
Total Rebounds4737
Turnovers199
Steals67
Bench Points79
LeadersCUCAMP
PointsPowell - 23
Stephaun Adams - 17
ReboundsPowell - 15
Deion Evans - 11
Andrew Smith - 11
AssistsPowell - 1
Levier - 1
Rogan - 1
Stephens - 1
Jacob King - 3
StealsRogan - 2
Stephens - 2
Deion Evans - 2
Stephaun Adams - 2
Andrew Smith - 2
BlocksPowell - 2
Andrew Smith - 4
Putback in final seconds downs CU men on the road
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Putback in final seconds downs CU men on the road
Ty Sean Powell drives for two of his 23 points in CU's one-point loss Thursday at Campbellsville. (Credit Brett Pierce)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Andrew Smith’s putback with 17.7 seconds remaining gave seventh-ranked Campbellsville University the lead and Shamari Denson’s 15-footer rimmed out for Cumberland, giving the Tigers a hard-fought 54-53 victory over the Phoenix in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at the Powell Athletic Center.

Cumberland (8-5, 1-1 Mid-South) held Campbellsville, which averaged almost 95 points per game, to a season-low in points, as the Tigers shot just 29 percent from the field, including 6-of-23 from the field. The Phoenix led 29-23 at the half and a dunk from Ty Sean Powell, who finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds, upped the advantage to eight.

Campbellsville (15-2, 1-1) put together an 11-4 run midway through the period for a 40-38 edge, its first lead since 3-2, and the Tigers netted only two field goals in the final 11 minutes of the game, hitting eight free throws.

Joan Duran’s layup and two foul shots from Smith put the Tigers ahead, 45-39, but Powell answered with a field goal and Denson’s jumper cut the deficit to two. One free throw by Campbellsville’s Ronald Taylor made it 48-45 and it stayed that way for almost three minutes before a Stephaun Adams layup for the Tigers at the 4:40 mark of the game.

Powell’s back-to-back baskets made it a one-point game with 2:30 remaining and neither team scored again until the final seconds. Powell connected on two foul shots with 35.0 seconds to play for a 53-52 CU advantage, but Smith got the offensive rebound and putback off an Adams miss with 17.7 seconds to play.

Cumberland tried to get Powell the ball on the last possession but was unable to do that. Denson drove to his right and rimmed out his jumper.

No other Phoenix player scored double figures, with Andrew Rogan contributing eight points and eight rebounds and Isaac Stephens adding seven points and seven boards.

Adams posted 17 points for the Tigers but made only 4-of-20 shots from the field, 3-for-12 from 3-point range. Smith finished with nine points and 11 rebounds while Deion Evans had eight points and 11 boards.

Cumberland recorded 19 turnovers in the loss, 13 in the second half, and made just 5-of-12 at the foul line in the contest.

Powell’s layup and tip-in and a long jumper on the break from Tranard Chester were part of a 6-0 run for the Phoenix for a 12-6 lead early, forcing a timeout by the Tigers. Tyler Hagan’s layup and an old-fashioned 3-point play pulled Campbellsville within 14-12, but Cumberland answered with a layup by Chester and then a 3-pointer from Denson, who was playing in his first game since December 1.

The home team pulled as close as three with field goals from Jacob King and Smith, but Powell had two straight layups and Rogan’s backdoor layup in the final minute gave the Phoenix a 29-23 advantage at intermission.

Cumberland ran the Tigers off the 3-point line, holding Campbellsville to just 2-of-11 from behind the arc with both makes by Evans, who shoots just 25 percent from 3-point range. Powell helped CU control the glass as well, posting 12 points and 10 boards in the first 20 minutes.

The Tigers shot only 28 percent from the field overall thanks to perhaps the best defensive half of the season for Cumberland.

The Phoenix travel to ninth-ranked Georgetown College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. CT game.