Science & Arts (Okla.)
|Stats at a Glance||CU||USAO|
|FG Percentage||.415 (27-65)||.400 (24-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.450 (9-20)||.333 (12-36)|
|FT Percentage||.563 (9-16)||1.000 (8-8)|
- 17||Moses Byekwaso
- 8||Dylan Causwell
- 5||Stephon Hall
- 3||Stephon Hall
Moses Byekwaso - 2
McKENZIE, Tenn.--All five of the Cumberland starters scored in double digits as the Phoenix toughed out an upset victory tonight over No. 13 Oklahoma Science and Arts, 72-68, at the Chik-Fil-A Classic.
Cumberland (4-2) did a good job at limiting its own turnovers while capitalizing on No. 13 Oklahoma Science and Arts (3-1) mistakes to pull off a huge early season upset. Both teams relied on a bevy of shots from deep for their scoring in the first half, both going 7-16 from three, but Cumberland emphasized on getting the ball in the paint in the second half to take control of the game.
Each of the Phoenix starters performed admirably while playing extensive minutes. Demari Davis led the Phoenix with 17, while Aaon Ridley and Jalen Duke chipped in 16 each. Both players had the green light from beyond the arc tonight, Ridley going 3-7 while Duke was incredibly efficient at 4-6. Brandon Levier and Isaac Stephens contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Three players broke into double digits for the Drovers, Moses Byekwaso leading all players with 18 points. Greyden Steinmetz earned the majority of his 12 points behind the arc, going 3-5, and Dylan Causwell earned a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
Cumberland got a quick start in the game by pressuring the Drovers early, forcing them into critical mistakes that turned into quick points for the Phoenix. Davis stole the ball which he dished to Ridley on the opposite side of the court for a three from the wing to extend the lead to 18-9 early. After the Phoenix went scoreless for three minutes, Dukes hit a three assisted by Stephens, 23-15, with 10 minutes remaining in the first.
OSAU made a run to cut the Phoenix lead to 23-20, but a big three from Levier and Stephens walking his man down into the post for an easy bucket in the paint extended the lead to 29-22. A Ridley score after forcing a bad pass by a Drover player saw Cumberland enter the half with a 36-30 advantage.
Following the half, Stephens bullied his man for a bucket in the paint, and a fast break layup by Davis shortly after to take a 44-34 lead forced am OSAU timeout. The Phoenix extended the lead to 12 at 48-36 after Ridley snaked his way through defenders for a layup.
The Drovers made a huge late game charge to cut the Phoenix lead to 62-60, but Dukes took over from 3:02 to 1:33, scoring two clutch shots in the paint before hitting the game winning dagger of a three from the corner for a 69-62 advantage. With 14 seconds remaining, Ridley charged the basket from the corner and had his layup attempt blocked by the glass, but recovered the ball and got it back up for huge bucket to end any hopes for the Drovers to come back.
Tuesday the Phoenix will play their first home game of the season, welcoming Martin Methodist to Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena at 8 p.m.