Bulldogs fall in final minute at Montevallo, 62-59
LEBANON, Tenn. – Freddy Little’s two free throws put Montevallo ahead with 1:02 remaining Terrill Humphrey added two foul shots in the final minute giving UM a 62-59 exhibition victory over Cumberland late Saturday in Montevallo, Ala.
Cumberland held a 59-56 advantage with 1:55 left in the contest after a Thomas Douglas 3-pointer. Little cut the lead to one with a jumper at 1:21, then made a steal and was fouled with 1:02 remaining in the game.
He hit both foul shots to put the Falcons ahead before a wild final minute of action. Brandon Springer missed a jumper for the Bulldogs that was rebounded by Humphrey, who then turned the ball over with 30 seconds left. Little had another steal with 16 seconds remaining and Humphrey was fouled with 14 seconds left, making both free throws.
CU had one last chance to tie it, but Rontreal Braxton’s 3-pointer was no good.
In a game that was tied 13 times, Montevallo scored six straight points midway through the second half for the biggest lead of the contest. Little hit a 3-pointer and Marcus Lancaster converted an old-fashioned three-point play for a 48-42 UM advantage with 11:32 remaining.
CU’s biggest lead of the game was five early in the first half. Quentin Turner had a bucket and Ahmed Abdelhamid hit a 3-pointer for a 12-7 Bulldog edge five minutes into the contest.
The teams battled back-and-forth for the rest of the game, with Cumberland taking a 32-29 halftime lead after consecutive baskets from Turner in the final minute. Kenneth Simms, Channing Tucker and Turner all had six points at intermission.
Simms and Tucker both finished with 10 points and Braxton added nine, as the Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field in the game. Little led all scorers with 22 points, with Lancaster netting 11 and Nate Flowers adding 10 points and nine rebounds. The Falcons shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half to overcome Cumberland’s three-point halftime lead.
Cumberland opens TranSouth Conference action Thursday at 6 p.m. with a men’s and women’s doubleheader versus Blue Mountain College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.