Springer's double-double paces win over TSU
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Cumberland used a 15-2 run at the end of the first half to take the lead and never looked back, defeating Tennessee State, 93-85, Friday night at the Gentry Center in Nashville.
Rodney James had two field goals and Springer hit three free throws, leading the 15-2 run that gave the Bulldogs a nine-point lead at the break. Cumberland extended with advantage with a 26-10 spurt to start the second half and TSU was never able to get closer than 13 points until the final minute of the contest.
Thomas Douglas scored 18 points for the Bulldogs and Jamar Finley added 12 in the win.
Cumberland took a 44-35 advantage at the half thanks to 12 points and seven rebounds from Springer. The Bulldogs used a 15-2 run over the final 4:32 to take the nine-point advantage to intermission.
Rontreal Braxton’s 3-pointer made it 33-32 TSU and Springer tied the game with one free throw. Rodney James hit a basket before Channing Tucker hit a jumper, both on assists from Douglas.
Springer hit two more foul shots and James added another bucket before Thomas hit a jumper with 15 seconds left in the half to give CU the 44-35 lead.
Cumberland takes on Oakwood University Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in the home opener for the Bulldogs.