Bulldogs fall in exhibition at Middle Tennessee
LEBANON, Tenn. – Kenneth Simms led three double-figure scorers with 19 points and Cumberland hung tough throughout, but the 19th-ranked Bulldogs lost, 81-70, Saturday in an exhibition contest versus Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro at Murphy Center. It was the third game in three days for Cumberland.
Simms added six rebounds, four blocks and three steals for the Bulldogs in the exhibition contest. Rontreal Braxton scored 13 points with eight boards and Brandon Springer netted 11 points for CU, which shot 49 percent from the floor, including 6-of-16 from 3-point range.
The Bulldogs trailed just 45-36 at halftime despite shooting better than 50 percent, but turned the ball over 13 times
CU cut the deficit as close as seven eight minutes into the second half after Springer hit two of his six free throws in the contest but could not get closer. The Blue Raiders used a 15-6 run over final minutes late in the half to extend the lead to as many as 19.
Desmond Yates, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, scored 27 points for Middle Tennessee, while Nigel Johnson added 13 and Kevin Kanaskie had 10.
Cumberland continues a stretch of six games in nine days to start the season Monday at Oakwood University. The Bulldogs then play at St. Catherine College on Wednesday before taking on Bluefield College in the Lindsey Wilson Tournament on Friday. CU opens the home slate Sunday, November 16 versus Oakwood.