January 31, 20191st2ndFinal
Campbellsville Univ.245276
Cumberland University294069
Stats at a GlanceCAMPMCU
FG Percentage.439 (25-57) .448 (26-58)
3P FG Percentage.524 (11-21) .267 (4-15)
FT Percentage1.000 (15-15) .619 (13-21)
Offensive Rebounds69
Defensive Rebounds2626
Total Rebounds3235
Turnovers119
Steals59
Bench Points1515
LeadersCAMPMCU
PointsHagen Tyler - 21
Powell - 14
ReboundsAndrew Smith - 12
Powell - 11
AssistsStephaun Adams - 7
Rogan - 2
StealsStephaun Adams - 2
Walters - 2
Chester - 2
Denson - 2
BlocksJoan Duran - 1
Stephaun Adams - 1
Stephens - 1
Final spurt sends Tigers past CU men, 76-69
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Final spurt sends Tigers past CU men, 76-69
Shamari Denson recorded 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers in CU's loss Thursday to Campbellsville. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Andrew Smith’s hook shot and then a 3-pointer sparked a 9-2 to end the game, as Campbellsville University outlasted Cumberland, 76-69, in a contest that featured nine ties and 14 lead changes in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

Cumberland jumped ahead early and led 29-24 at the half, but the Tigers (17-6, 3-5) put together a 10-2 spurt to begin the second period, with Ronald Taylor drilling a pair of corner 3-pointers. The Phoenix (9-9, 2-5) answered with their own 10-2 run, including two baskets by Tranard Chester and a dunk from Andrew Rogan after a Deiontay Walters steal.

The two teams battled back-and-forth over the final 14 minutes, with seven lead changes and eight ties taking place. Cumberland took a 44-39 advantage on a 3-pointer from Shamari Denson, but two free throws by Stephaun Adams, a basket from Joan Duran and another triple by Taylor evened the contest at 48.

Hagen Tyler’s 3-pointer put Campbellsville ahead, 53-49, but field goals by Ty Sean Powell and Chester squared the game again. Neither team led by more than two over the next five minutes, with Smith nailing a 3-pointer before Andrew Rogan answered on the other end for the Phoenix.

Tyler put the Tigers in front by three with a corner 3-pointer with 2:05 to play, but Rogan drilled another triple for Cumberland on the other end, tying the contest at 67 with 1:24 remaining.

That’s when Smith made two straight winning plays for the Tigers, hitting a baby hook shot off the glass for a 69-67 edge. After a Cumberland turnover, the senior then buried a deep 3-pointer for a 72-67 Campbellsville lead with 18.8 seconds to play.

Adams made four foul shots in the last 11.8 seconds, as the Tigers connected on all 15 attempts at the charity stripe in the win.

Tyler was 5-for-5 from behind the arc and finished with 21 points while Smith recorded 14 points and 12 boards. Adams added 14 points and seven assists for Campbellsville.

Cumberland got balanced scoring, with Powell netting 14 points and 11 rebounds despite second-half foul trouble. Shamari Denson collected 13 points off the bench while Isaac Stephens contributed a dozen points and seven boards.

Rogan netted 11 points and Chester posted eight points while Walters added eight.

Cumberland got off to a quick start behind old-fashioned 3-point plays Powell and Rogan as well as jumpers from Walters and Stephens for a 10-3 advantage in the first four minutes. Two more field goals by Stephens stretched the lead to 14-5 less than six minutes into the contest.

Adams made a basket and then two free throws for the Tigers, starting a 13-4 spurt over a six-minute stretch. Tyler drilled a 3-pointer and Duran netted three straight buckets for a 21-20 Campbellsville edge.

Cumberland answered with nine consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Denson and a layup from Chester, but Calvin Fletcher hit a triple for the Tigers just before the halftime buzzer, cutting the Phoenix lead to 29-24.

Stephens made 5-of-7 from the field and led Cumberland with 10 points while Tyler posted three 3-pointers and had 11 points for the Tigers.

Cumberland hosts eighth-ranked Georgetown College this Saturday at 4 p.m.