Bulldogs take care of Oakwood, 69-58
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer scored 17 points and Kenneth Simms and Rodney James both added 12, as Cumberland used a 16-2 run to start the second half and defeated Oakwood University, 69-58, Sunday evening at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Five different players scored during the Bulldogs (5-1) run to start the second period, including six straight from James. The senior made a steal near halfcourt and headed toward the other end. He was grabbed from behind while attempting a shot that hit off the top of the backboard and bounced in.
An intentional foul was called and James made both free throws. He was then on the other end of an assist from Channing Tucker for an easy layup and a 51-31 CU advantage seven minutes into the second half.
Oakwood never pulled closer than 16 points until the final minute of the contest. Landon Bertram led the Ambassadors with 16 points, while Kareem Telesford added 11 points and Brandon Broome had 10.
CU opened the game with a 12-2 run, including five points from Springer. The Bulldogs expanded the lead to as many as 14 points at 29-15, with Simms contributing eight points.
But Oakwood cut the deficit to five just before the half with 13-4 spurt, including a pair of buckets from Marcus Fitts. Cumberland took a 35-28 edge at halftime on a basket by Quentin Turner with only 14 seconds left in the half.
Cumberland plays at Fisk University in Nashville on November 25 and then plays an exhibition at Montevallo on Nov. 29.