Thompson wins 200th at Lambuth
LEBANON, Tenn. – Rontreal Braxton scored a game-high 23 points and 16th-ranked Cumberland trailed most of the game before taking the lead with two minutes remaining in a 72-69 victory over Lambuth in men’s basketball action Thursday night in Jackson, Tenn. The win was also the 200th for CU’s Lonnie Thompson in 11 years as a head coach.
Braxton hit 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and was 5-of-6 at the foul line, helping the Bulldogs (22-4) to their fourth win in the last five games. No other Cumberland player finished in double figures. Jamar Finley and Brandon Springer both finished the contest with nine points.
Lambuth stayed in the game despite shooting just 44 percent from the field by hitting the glass, collecting 21 offensive rebounds. The Eagles (15-10) led 31-30 at the half despite making only 13-of-36 shots from the floor in the period.
Youssoupha Sene led five Lambuth players in double figures with 14 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Donnie Haywood added 13 and Tom Hammonds posted 12. Antawn Coby and Antawn Long both scored 10 points. Coby also recorded nine rebounds.
Cumberland plays at Bethel College next Thursday at 8 p.m. before finishing the regular season Saturday, February 28, at home against rival Trevecca.