Bulldogs hold off late rally, stay perfect in TSAC, 72-57
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer posted his second straight double-double and third of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds, as 24th-ranked Cumberland scored 17 of the first 19 points of the game and then held off a second-half rally by Freed-Hardeman in a 72-57 victory Saturday afternoon at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
CU (8-1, 2-0 TSAC) scored 17 of the first 19 points of the game, as Freed missed 12 of its first 13 shots from the field. The Bulldogs dominated the glass in the opening 20 minutes, with Kenneth Simms grabbing 11 boards and Springer seven, as CU held a 31-23 advantage on the windex before intermission.
Springer and Thomas Douglas both hit a pair of 3-pointers and netted 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the half. Cumberland took a 40-18 advantage to intermission after limiting FHU to just 19 percent shooting in the half, including 3-of-13 from 3-point range.
CU held a 52-23 edge early in the second half after a steal and dunk from Springer. Cumberland went exactly five minutes without a point, as FHU put together a 13-0 run until Quentin Turner hit 1-of-2 free throws with 10:51 remaining.
Six Lions scored during the run that cut the deficit to 16 after a Logan Green 3-pointer. Jesse Moulton’s trifecta from the corner cut into the lead even more, to 53-39, and Freed eventually got as close as eight points with four minutes to play after a Kristoffer Smith 3-pointer.
FHU would get no closer and the Bulldogs did a good job at the foul line over the final six minutes, hitting 13-of-20, including a perfect 6-for-6 by Turner. CU was 23-for-36 at the foul line for the game.
Rontreal Braxton added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Simms grabbed 14 boards, Turner posted 13 points and Douglas had 12.
Smith led all scorers with 21 points for Freed, but was the only player in double figures. The Lions shot just 26 percent from the field for the contest, including 9-of-35 from 3-point range.
Cumberland will host the Rosa Stokes Classic next weekend at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center with six games in two days. CU’s men and women will both participate as well as the women’s teams from Trevecca, Shorter College and Covenant College and the men’s squads from Southern Polytechnic Institute and Fisk University.
ROSA STOKES CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, December 12
Trevecca vs. Shorter women, 4 PM
Cumberland vs. Covenant women, 6 PM
Cumberland vs. Fisk men, 8 PM
Saturday, December 13
Trevecca vs. Covenant women, Noon
Southern Poly vs. Fisk men, 2 PM
Cumberland vs. Shorter women, 4 PM