Springer's 28 leads CU to victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer scored a season-high 28 points and 15th-ranked Cumberland shot 60 percent from the field in a 74-68 victory at Martin Methodist in men’s basketball action Monday night in Pulaski, Tenn.
Springer hit 10-of-13 field goals and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the foul line for the Bulldogs (21-4, 11-3 TSAC), who rebounded after a disappointing loss at home last week to fourth-ranked Union University. Cumberland led from the opening tip, though its lead was never more than six points until the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Cumberland led 40-36 at the half and Martin Methodist (20-6, 8-5) tied the game at 40 early in the second half. But the Bulldogs methodically pulled away, building their biggest lead of the game at 60-51 with 8:08 remaining after a Kenneth Simms offensive rebound and putback.
Simms finished with 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds. The Bulldogs finished the contest 28-for-46 from the field but more importantly hit 16-of-20 at the foul line. CU also won despite giving up 21 second-chance points, including 19 offensive rebounds by the Redhawks.
Mark Mangum led three MMC players in double figures with 13 points, while Marlon Gordon and Will Shackleford both netted 10. The Redhawks shot just 43 percent from the floor but stayed in the game because of the offensive boards.
The Bulldogs shot a scorching 62 percent (16-for-26) in the first half compared to just 41 percent (14-for-34) for MMC, but the home team collected nine offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points in the period. Springer scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting along with five boards, while Mangum scored nine points for the Redhawks before intermission.
CU jumped out to a 15-7 lead six minutes into the contest, with Springer and Simms both scoring four points. The Redhawks pulled with 25-24 after a Freeman Pinckney field goal with 8:49 left in the period. Thomas Douglas had a bucket and two free throws in the final two minutes to help the Bulldogs to a 40-36 halftime lead.
Cumberland continues its current three-game road swing Thursday at Lambuth at 8 p.m. The Bulldogs play their final regular season home game on Saturday, February 28, versus Trevecca. Senior Day activities will take place between the women’s and men’s game.