Turner nets 19 in OT loss
LEBANON, Tenn. – Kristoffer Smith’s jumper with two seconds left forced overtime and 20th-ranked Freed-Hardeman used the momentum to defeat No. 7 Cumberland, 66-59, Saturday in men’s basketball action Saturday in Henderson, Tenn.
Quentin Turner scored a season-high 19 points for the Bulldogs (18-3, 8-2 TSAC) and Rontreal Braxton added 13 on a bad ankle, but CU was doomed by 27 turnovers in the contest and cold shooting in the first half. The loss ends a seven-game winning streak for the Bulldogs and also puts them in third place in the TranSouth, one game behind Freed-Hardeman (17-6, 9-1) and a half-game behind Union University.
Cumberland overcame an 11-point second half deficit and took a two-point lead in the final two minutes. The Bulldogs made their first 19-of-25 free throws in the contest but then hit just 5-for-12 over the final two minutes and in overtime, failing to put away the game in regulation and then failing to score until the 1:26 mark of overtime.
Turner hit 6-of-7 shots from the field for Cumberland, including a pair of free throws, and was 5-for-6 at the foul line. Brandon Powell grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Brandon Springer, Kenneth Simms and Braxton all had seven boards.
Zack Frey led the Lions with 17 points and seven rebounds. Jesse Moulton scored 11 points for FHU, while Kirtiss Brown and Shun Trevillian both netted 10.
FHU’s Tyler Jennings capped a 12-0 run for the Lions midway through the first half, giving the home team a 21-11 advantage. The Bulldogs struggled mightily from the field in the first period, making only 29 percent (7-for-24). Freed-Hardeman stayed ahead by at least seven for the rest of the half and took a 31-22 lead into the break.
Cumberland started the second half with a 14-7 run, cutting the FHU lead to 38-36 six minutes into the second half. Braxton scored six points and Simms had four during the stretch.
But the Lions responded with nine consecutive points, six in-a-row by Brown and a 3-pointer from Frey, for a 47-36 FHU advantage. The Bulldogs then scored nine straight points as well, with Turner, Springer and Powell all with three points.
Turner’s bucket with 3:05 left in the contest gave CU a 51-49 advantage, its first lead since 11-9 with 13:59 remaining in the first half. Frey’s bucket with 1:27 left in the contest tied the score at 51. Simms made one free throw with 54 seconds remaining and Powell added one with 33 seconds left, leaving Freed-Hardeman the chance to tie.
The Lions took advantage, with Smith’s field goal with two seconds remaining tying the contest at 53, sending the game to overtime. Smith finished the game with just four points, but none bigger than the tying bucket.
In overtime Springer missed two free throws and then Simms did the same. Three missed field goals and a pair of turnovers later and Freed-Hardeman led 60-53. Turner ended the drought in OT with a pair of free throws, but the Bulldogs were just 1-of-5 from the field and 3-for-8 at the foul line in the extra period.
Cumberland plays at Lyon College Thursday at 8 p.m. before returning home next Saturday to face Mid-Continent at 4 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.