Springer, Braxton lead CU victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer scored 17 points, Rontreal Braxton netted 15 and 11th-ranked Cumberland used a 14-3 run to start the second half to break open a close game and defeat Lambuth, 78-62, Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs won their 11th game in the last 12 contests and ran their home record to 7-0 this season. Springer hit 5-of-7 from the field and Braxton was 6-for-9. Quentin Turner posted 11 points, including nine in the first half, while Kenneth Simms registered nine points and 10 rebounds.
Cumberland (14-2) started the second half with a 14-3 run, with Springer and Braxton trading buckets through most of the spurt. Springer started the half with a runner in the lane, followed by a slashing layup from Braxton. Springer followed with another short jumper before Braxton converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. Springer ended the stretch with two free throws for a 53-32 advantage.
CU led by 16-18 points until the final four minutes when Lambuth (11-6) made a push, but it was too little too late for the Eagles. Lambuth struggled from the field in all phases of the game, hitting just 35 percent from the field, including 27 percent from 3-point range, and made just 14-for-26 foul shots.
The Bulldogs shot better than 55 percent from the floor for most of the night and committed just 13 turnovers, the second fewest this season by the squad.
Antawn Coby led Lambuth with 15 points, Michael Young added 14 points and 12 boards and DeCarlos Riley netted 10 points.
Both teams played well in the first half, but Lambuth shot just 34 percent from the floor and would have been down more if not for hitting the glass, where the Eagles netted 13 second-chance points. But Cumberland led 39-29 at the break thanks to 58 percent shooting and balanced scoring, including nine points each from Quentin Turner and Brandon Springer as well as eight points by Rontreal Braxton.
The game was tight early before the Bulldogs scored eight straight points to take a 19-11 lead. Turner hit a leaner in the lane and Thomas Douglas and Brandon Powell added 3-pointers.
Later in the half CU put together a 14-6 stretch, started by a Turner 3-pointer and a Braxton tip-in and free throw. Springer added a 3-pointer and Rodney James made a nice catch and finish on a pick-and-roll with Turner. Turner finished the spurt with another jumper for a 39-25 Cumberland advantage.
Cumberland continues its current four-game homestand, taking on Bethel College Monday and Martin Methodist Thursday, both at 8 p.m.