Cumberland falls hard at No. 10 Union
JACKSON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer joined the 1,000-point club at Cumberland University, but the Bulldogs came up short in their bid to upset 10th-ranked Union University for the second time this year, falling 76-50 Monday night at Fred DeLay Gymnasium.
The senior from Nashville, Tenn., failed to score in double figures for only the third time this year, totaling nine points and six rebounds. Springer’s milestone basket, his last of the evening, came with 6:53 remaining in the contest on a tip-in of an Adrian Williamson miss.
Cumberland (10-15, 7-5 TranSouth Conference) struggled to find points early and often against the league-leading Bulldogs of Union (21-6, 12-1). UU led the entire game with Cumberland only able to keep it close during the opening minutes.
After Cumberland, which beat then-No. 18 UU by 17 a month ago in the Cedar City, cut Union’s early lead to two at 7-5, the homestanding Bulldogs went on a 16-0 run to open the gap that wouldn’t be closed by CU. Cumberland went nearly nine minutes without scoring a point and more than 12 without a field goal.
Cumberland came up empty on 16 straight possessions and went 21 straight without making a shot from the floor.
CU turned the ball over 15 times and went 5-for-20 in the first half. Lonnie Thompson’s squad only pulled down two offensive rebounds before the break and had no second-chance points.
The visitors trailed by 21 at the break and were only able to pull as close as 18 points in the second half.
For the game, Cumberland shot 31 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times.
Williamson led Cumberland with 11 points, while Lamar Brinkley pulled down seven rebounds to lead to pace CU in that category.
The Bulldogs return home to face Bethel University on Thursday night. Cumberland downed the Wildcats 62-56 in last month’s meeting in McKenzie, Tenn.