Big runs propel CU past rival
Saturday, March 7, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland jumped out early for the second straight game and the 15th-ranked Bulldogs cruised to an 83-66 victory over rival Trevecca Thursday in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (25-4) led 20-5 in the first nine-plus minutes after opening with an 18-2 advantage against the Trojans the previous Saturday. Brandon Springer scored six points during the stretch and Thomas Douglas and Channing Tucker ended the spurt with 3-pointers.
Trevecca cut the lead to 10 on two occasions in the first half but CU pushed its advantage to as many as 18 at 32-14, the end of a 10-2 Bulldogs run that included six more points from Springer. The Trojans cut the lead to 11 at the break, 36-25.
Cumberland opened the second half with a 14-2 run, with five points from Quentin Turner and four by Jamar Finley, and the Bulldogs never looked back. Trevecca never pulled closer than 18 the rest of the way until the final points of the game.
Springer led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Douglas added 14 points. Turner and Finley both added nine points for CU. Eleven of the 12 Bulldogs players who saw action posted points in the contest.
Michael France and Brian Oduor both scored 14 points for Trevecca. Matthew Elliott posted 12 points and Christopher Harris added 10.
Cumberland takes on 13th-ranked Freed-Hardeman Saturday in the semifinals at 7 p.m. in Henderson, Tenn.