Cumberland Men defeat Concordia and Oakwood in Bulldog Classic
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Nov. 6, 2007

The Cumberland Men's basketball team started the season by edging out visiting Concordia-Selma on Friday night, 71-70, at the Dallas Floyd Gymnasium. Three Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by junior Thomas Douglas' 21 points. Senior DeCorey Young added 14 points. Still, perhaps the biggest performance on Friday night was provided by senior guard Jason Langellier, who came off the bench and contributed 17 points and seven rebounds while playing great defense on Concordia's top wing players.

"Jason always plays with a lot of intensity and passion when he's out there on the floor, and he did it again tonight," CU Head Coach Lonnie Thompson said. "We will need him and the rest of the team to bring that same energy and enthusiasm every night if we're going to be successful."

Douglas finished the night 9-22 from the field. Junior forward Rontreal Braxton was 4-10 from the field and finished with nine points. The Bulldogs out rebounded Concordia 40-29 with DeCorey Young grabbing a team high with nine boards. Langellier also contributed a game high four assists.

In their second game on Saturday night, the 'Dawgs were able to come up with another win over Oakwood College, 82-70. Like Friday night, three players scored in double figures with senior guard Maurice Johnson leading the way with 22 points. Junior guard Thomas Douglas had another great night, scoring 19 points, and junior forward Rontreal Braxton added 11.

Throughout the entire game, Oakwood stayed in a 2-3 zone which forced the 'Dawgs to hit outside shots, and that's exactly what they did. Johnson was 4-6, and Braxton was 3-4 from beyond the arc.

"For the most part, we were very patient in our zone offense," Thompson said. "We didn't force many bad shots and did the right thing by moving the ball around and waiting for the right opportunity to present itself. Maurice was really big for us tonight. He set the tone on the offensive end with his outside shooting, but his defense on their guards was even more important."

The Bulldogs also got a solid contribution from junior power forward Rodney James, who scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in only 14 minutes of play.

The 'Dawgs next game will be held in Nashville on Nov. 9, when they play visitors to host Tennessee State University.