|Stats at a Glance||CU||UC|
|FG Percentage||.536 (30-56)||.571 (28-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (6-13)||.429 (6-14)|
|FT Percentage||.615 (16-26)||.735 (25-34)|
- 23||Tevin Olison
- 6||Caleb Taylor
- 3||Ethan Sapp
- 3||Jordan Griggs
Caleb Taylor - 1
Jalen Duke - 1
WILLAMSBURG, Ky.- No. 13 the University of the Cumberlands held on to defeat the Phoenix despite 20 point performances by Jalen Duke and TJ Stargell.
Cumberland (12-12, 3-8 MSC) went 53.5% from the field and 46% from three. The Phoenix went 16-of-26 from the free throw line and won the turnover battle. Cumberland was stuck in foul trouble all game with several starters having to spend time off the court. Duke posted 23 points and five boards and Stargell picked up 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. DeMari Davis finished with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Isaac Stephens recorded nine points.
Cumberlands (20-4, 9-1 MSC) shot 57% from the field and 42% from three, but one of the big difference in the game is the Patriots made it to the line 34 times and made 25 shots. Tevin Olison posted 25 points and Caleb Taylor recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Taylor and Fitzgerald with quick buckets in the opening minute for the Cumberlands and Ridley hit one-of-two free throws before exiting early. Duke hit two jumpers in the lane and Fitzgerald hit a three from the corner. Olison created space and drilled a three from the left wing to put the Patriots up 14-5 with 15:28 to go.
Davis worked his way down low for a tough contested layup, but Hinson responded with a floater and Brown made a bucket down low. TJ Stargell connected on a layup and Stephens fouled Caleb Taylor for his second foul to get Starkey off the bench. Davis hit a deep three from the left wing to cut it a six point lead. Olison went down the court and hit a floater before Stargell again hit a tough layup. Leveir stuffed Olison behind the line and the freshman guard Stargell hit a deep three to put the Phoenix only down by three, 21-18 with 11:20 left.
Levier again made a strong defensively play with a steal at the top of the key that led to a Duke three from the left wing. Hinson again made a floater down low and Fitzgerald made a nice post move to extend the Patriots lead. Starkey got loose for a strong two handed slam. Hinson fouled Duke and then was called for a technical foul and Duke hit three-of-four from the line. Duke drilled a three from the left wing to tie it at 29-29.
Taylor made a strong play down low, but Davis buried a three from the top of the key to give Cumberland their first lead of the game. Snapp added two free throws for the Cumberlands and Taylor again made a nice move down low. The Patriots made a steal on their end and dished to Briggs for a three, Patriots up 38-32 5:36 left in the first.
Briggs found a whole in the Phoenix defense for a string drive and two points and Olison made a nice and one while going up and under Starkey. Jalen Duke made back to back jumpers, but Briggs continued his hot shooting for three at the top of the key. Stargell nailed a three, but Olison dished to Caleb Taylor down low for a one handed jam. Olison and Snapp each added two free throws before the end of the half, Patriots lead 51-43.
Isaac Stephens started off the second half with a nice reverse layup, after missing most of the first half with foul trouble. Olison hit a deep three and Taylor hit a tough contested shot for a five point swing. Stephens again made a good post move as both teams continue to shoot well. Negron hit a deep two off of a screen to create space. Fitzgearld and Stephens traded buckets down low, but Cumberlands still leads by nine, 60-51 with 16:13 to go.
Davis made a nice post move to get just enough room to fight through contact and hit a tough shot. Olison answered with a tough drive through the lane and Negron found a gap in the Patriots defense for a wide open lay up. Cumberland came up with a loose ball on our half of the court that led to two points by Davis and cut the lead to four, 62-58 with 13:04 to go.
Duke posted six straight points for the Phoenix as he fought through contact on two jumpers and made two from the free throw line. Caleb Taylor earned two points from the free throw line to stop a short scoreless drought by the Cumberlands, but Stargell made a nice reverse layup for two points and Davis picked up a bucket on a drive. Stephens fouled Olison on a three for his fourth foul of the night, Olison only made two of the free throws. Stargell got to his spot and hit a 18-foot jumper, but Olison got loose for a two point drive forcing the Phoenix into a timeout, 73-68 with 7:11 to play.
Briggs drilled a three from the top of the key and Starkey tried to answer, but fell just short. Luckily, Negron was there for the board and putback. Olison got a tough shot to fall and then Briggs fouled Stargell and the Cumberlands bench received a technical foul allowing Duke to hit two free throws before Stargell hit his two free throws. The free throws made it a two point deficit, 78-76 with 2:25 to play.
Snapp hit a difficult off balance three with the shot clock winding down. Stephens hit one-of-two free throws and then Stargell made a nice play to pick Olison’s pocket, but was blocked on the other end and Davis recovered the block and was fouled. However, he missed both of his free throws attempts. Levier added a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left and then the phoenix came up with a steal in the back court that led to two points from Stargell, but held the Phoenix there, 87-82.
Cumberland is back at home versus the University of Pikeville on Thursday for an 8 p.m. tip.