Douglas leads CU to 73-55 triumph
Monday, January 5, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Thomas Douglas scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 21st-ranked Cumberland put together big runs in the first and second half, defeating St. Catharine College, 73-55, Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
 
The Bulldogs (11-1) had a 14-2 run to take a 43-21 lead at halftime and then used a 13-2 stretch early in the second period to take a 61-31 advantage with 12 minutes left in the contest. The Patriots (2-12) would not get closer than 20 until the final seconds, as the CU defense limited SCC to just 33 percent shooting from the floor for the contest.
 
Douglas hit 3-of-5 from 3-point range and added four rebounds and three assists in the squad’s eighth straight victory. Rodney James added seven points and 10 rebounds off the bench for CU.
 
Arthur Latham led St. Catharine with 24 points and six boards, making 9-of-22 from the field.
 
CU put together a 14-2 run over final five minutes of first half to give the Bulldogs a 43-21 advantage at intermission.
 
Despite missing its first nine shots from the field, St. Catharine trailed only 20-12 with nine minutes remaining in the half. The score was 29-19 CU with 4:48 left before the break after SCC’s Arthur Latham hit a bucket in the lane.
 
Thomas Douglas responded with a 3-pointer and another basket for the Bulldogs before Mario Stowers hit a trifecta. Thomas added an old-fashioned 3-point play and Channing Tucket hit another 3-pointer in the final minute to give the home team a 22-point edge at halftime.
 
Douglas scored almost a third of CU’s points in the half, finishing with 14 on 5-for-7 shooting, while Latham netted 13 of St. Catharine’s 21 points.
 
Cumberland returns to TranSouth Conference action this weekend with a pair of road games, facing Union University Thursday at 8 p.m. and Mid-Continent Saturday at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs play at home again next Monday versus Lyon College at 8 p.m.