|Stats at a Glance||CU||UC|
|FG Percentage||.390 (23-59)||.489 (22-45)|
|3P FG Percentage||.083 (1-12)||.389 (7-18)|
|FT Percentage||.917 (11-12)||.533 (8-15)|
- 15||Malik Colvin-Seldon
- 7||Caleb Taylor
Brandon Levier - 2
Shamari Denson - 2
Nnamdi Van Dulm - 3
- 3||Malik Colvin-Seldon
- 2||Malik Colvin-Seldon
Austin Hall - 1
Caleb Taylor - 1
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Malik Colvin-Seldon’s steal and dunk with 17.8 seconds remaining put University of the Cumberlands ahead and Andrew Rogan’s 3-pointer in the last five seconds did not fall, giving the Patriots a 59-58 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action here Saturday at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.
The Phoenix (9-8, 2-4 Mid-South) put together a 15-2 run in the second half and led 50-42 with 10:45 remaining, but Cumberland was stagnant offensively down the stretch and the Patriots (17-5, 4-3) made just enough plays, the last one a mistake by CU.
Rogan’s layup with 2:03 remaining ended an almost five-minute drought for the Phoenix and an alley-oop dunk by Ty Sean Powell after a timeout put Cumberland in front, 58-55, with 1:15 to play.
Nnamdi Van Dulm hit a runner off the glass with 46.4 seconds remaining to pull the Cumberlands within a point. Rogan’s floater on the other end bounced off and ended in the hands of CU’s Tranard Chester, but his cross-court pass was intercepted by Colvin-Seldon, leading to the dunk on the other end and the lead for the Patriots.
Powell tripped on his drive to the basket with about 10 seconds on the clock but somehow regained the ball and found Rogan for a good look at the 3-pointer from the left wing, but the shot was no good. Caleb Taylor missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for UC but with just three-tenths of a second remaining, leaving the Phoenix with no time for a shot opportunity.
Isaac Stephens collected six of his 14 points during the 15-2 run in the second half. Chester added two baskets and Rogan made the only 3-pointer of the game for CU. Powell’s basket with 10:45 remaining put the Phoenix ahead, 50-42, and was in the midst of just two points over an almost eight-minute stretch for the Cumberlands.
The Phoenix made just 4-of-12 shots and committed six of the team’s 12 turnovers over the final 10 minutes, going almost five minutes without a point. Jordan Griggs and Travon Labranche each made 3-pointers for the Patriots and one foul shot by Taylor made it 55-54 UC with 3:42 remaining, setting up the last two minutes.
Rogan finished with 15 points while Powell and Stephens each netted 14 and Chester collected 10.
Colvin-Seldon registered 19 points and Griggs tallied 14 for the home team. Taylor finished with nine points and 14 rebounds.
Cumberland got off to a slow start offensively in the first half, hitting just 4-of-18 field goals in the first eight minutes, but good work at the free throw line (5-for-6 during that stretch) kept the Phoenix close. Griggs netted six points and the Patriots led 18-13 at the first media timeout.
The Cumberlands extended their lead to 29-19 with 7:11 in the period thanks to three consecutive triples from Griggs, Labranche and Austin Hall. The Phoenix clamped down defensively in the final six minutes of the period, though, cutting into the deficit with steals and layups along with slashes to the rim.
Chester posted six of his eight first-half points over the last five minutes, hitting a jumper off the bounce along with a layup on a steal and then a final layup just before the halftime buzzer thanks to a steal and nice assist by Brandon Levier.
Rogan made a nice runner off the glass as well down the stretch of the period and the Patriots scored just four points in the final five-plus minutes. Chester’s final layup cut the deficit to 35-31 at intermission despite Cumberland hitting only 31 percent (11-for-36) from the field, but CU connected on 9-for-10 at the foul line.
Griggs led all scorers with nine points and Colvin-Seldon and Taylor each posted eight points for the Cumberlands. Chester and Rogan registered eight points apiece while Stephens and Powell each scored six for CU.
Cumberland hosts Campbellsville University and Georgetown College this coming week at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.