Big second half pushes CU to 20th victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Kenneth Simms posted 13 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double and Brandon Springer added 14 points, as 16th-ranked Cumberland used a 25-12 run in the second half to break open a close game and defeat Mid-Continent, 89-68, Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (20-3, 10-2 TSAC) outscored the Cougars, 41-21, in the final 14 minutes of the second half in a turnover-marred contest for both clubs, who combined for 49 miscues. The Bulldogs shot 77 percent from the field in the second half and post their 10th straight home win this season.
Seven different players scored for CU during the 25-12 stretch that covered five minutes in the middle of the second half. Springer netted six of the points, while Jamar Finley and Rodney James both scored four.
James scored 12 points overall for CU, while Rontreal Braxton added 11 points and seven rebounds and Quentin Turner netted 10 points.
Kenny Thomas was the only double figure scorer for MCU with 14 points. Donovan Willis and Aaron Pearson both scored nine for the visitors.
In what was an ugly half of basketball for both teams, Cumberland took a 32-28 advantage into intermission despite committing 14 turnovers. But Mid-Continent had 13 miscues of its own and shot just 37 percent.
Neither team led by more than five points and that came after a 7-0 CU spurt early in the contest highlighted by a 3-pointer from Mario Stowers and buckets from James and Finley. CU led by five on three other occasions in the period.
Simms posted six points and eight boards in the half and punctuated a putback jam with 3:08 left in the half. Thomas scored eight points for MCU in the period.
Cumberland hosts sixth-ranked Union University Thursday at 8 p.m.