Bulldogs thump rival 87-50
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland started the game with a 13-0 run and never looked back, pushing its lead to as many as 27 points, as the 15th-ranked Bulldogs defeated rival Trevecca, 87-50, in men’s basketball action Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The two teams will meet for the third time this season and the third time in 40 days on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships. Cumberland has won both meetings, but in very different fashions, squeaking out a 76-75 victory at Trevecca on January 24.
The Bulldogs (24-4, 13-3 TSAC) started the game with a 13-0 run, highlighted by five points from Jamar Finley. The stretch ended with 6-foot-8 Kenneth Simms leading the fast break down the court and feeding Quentin Turner for a layup.
Cumberland continued the blitz to start the game, jumping out to a 28-8 lead after the first 10 minutes. Eight different CU players scored the 28 points, including seven from Finley and six by Rontreal Braxton. The Bulldogs held a 38-23 advantage at intermission.
Cumberland continued to expand the lead in the second half, with Trevecca never getting closer than 12 after a Michael France 3-pointer in the first minute of the period. Simms scored 10 of his 13 points after the break, including a monsterous dunk with seven minutes to play that put an exclamation point on Senior Day for seven Bulldog players, including Simms.
Finley ended with 13 points, Brandon Springer added 11 and Channing Tucker had 10. Simms grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
Oduor was just about the entire Trevecca offense in the half, netting 15 of the squad’s 23 points in the period. Oduor hit 6-of-12 shots, while the rest of the Trojans were just 3-of-20 from the field, including 0-for-9 from 3-point range.
Finley had nine points and Springer added seven in the period for CU, who shot only 39 percent from the floor but forced nine Trevecca turnovers, which led to 11 Bulldog points.
Oduor finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and was the only Trevecca player in double figures.