Johnson & Wales (Fla.)
|Stats at a Glance||JWU||CU|
|FG Percentage||.404 (23-57)||.492 (29-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (10-32)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (5-5)||.522 (12-23)|
- 20||TJ Stargell
- 15||Isaac Stephens
- 4||TJ Stargell
Tyler Poindexter - 1
Tristan Stephens - 1
Kevin Rostamian - 1
Isaac Stephens - 3
TAMPA, Fla.--TJ Stargell goes 3-4 from behind the arc, scoring 20 as the Phoenix defeated Johnson and Wales, 75-61, at the Florida College Classic.
Cumberland (3-1) shot very well from the field, hitting a good 49.2% of their attempts, while Johnson and Wales (0-2) hit 40.4% of their own. The Phoenix also excelled at forcing Wildcat turnovers, picking up 13 steals on the day.
A trio of Phoenix players that were playing in only their fourth game at Cumberland led the way on scoring. Stargell’s game leading 20 points came off an extremely efficient 7-11 shooting, while also dishing a game high six assists. Aaron Ridley and DeMari Davis both narrowly missed out on double-doubles each grabbing eight rebounds while earning 19 and 12 points, respectively.
The Wildcats’s Dante Pace tied Sturgell for points with 20 of his own mostly behind 6-13 shooting from three. Kevin Rostamian recorded a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Alex Doane scored 10.
Jalen Duke started the scoring for Cumberland in what was a 6-0 start of the course of the opening two minutes. The Phoenix never looked back, maintaining the lead through the rest of the game. Ridley stole the ball and quickly turned it into an and one in the paint to push the lead into double digits at 25-14. Cumberland took a 37-29 lead into the half.
The Wildcats struck first in the second half, but Stargell quickly responded with a dagger of a three to extend the lead to 40-31. After a Johnson and Wales three cut the lead to five at the 18:29 mark, Cumberland held them scoreless for the next three minutes. An Isaac Stephens bucket in the paint helped the team back get to a 53-42 lead, sparking a 6-0 run by Cumberland. The Phoenix closed the game on a 9-0 run before a last second Wildcat score finalized the scoring at 75-61.
The men’s basketball team participates in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in McKenzie, Tenn., next weekend, starting competition with a meeting with Southeastern Friday at 1 p.m.