Second-half woes spoil CU’s home lidlifter
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brandon Springer recorded a double-double to lead Cumberland University, but the Bulldogs blew an 11-point lead in the second half and fell to 0-2 on the young season with an 81-77 loss to Hiwassee College Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland led its home opener 64-53 with less than eight minutes to play in the contest when the Tigers went on a 15-5 run to cut the deficit to a single point. The two teams swapped buckets on the next four possessions before Nashville, Tenn., native Adrian Williamson hit 1-of-2 free throws to put CU up by two with 1:50 to play.
On the Tigers’ next trip down the court, Nick Hudson drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Hiwassee its first lead since the 3:56 mark of the first half. Adrian McLaurin’s layup off a Bulldog turnover added to the visitors’ lead, which Cumberland was never able to erase.
The Bulldogs were plagued by poor shooting in the second half, going 14-of-37 from the floor, including 0-for-7 from 3-point range, and making only one jump shot. Of Cumberland’s 34 second-half points, 26 came from layups and six were from the free throw line, which was another source of inconsistency as the Bulldogs made only 12 of their 26 shots from the charity stripe on the night.
Springer, a former standout at Hunters Lane High School, finished with 23 points and pulled down 11 boards to help CU outrebound the Tigers 50-40. Williamson added 20 points, while Lamar Brinkley of Nashville, Tenn., chipped in 10.
Shondre Guest paced Hiwassee with 29 points and McLaurin posted a double-double of his own with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Hudson contributed 16 points in the Tigers’ win as they improved to 2-1.
The Bulldogs return to action next Tuesday when they entertain Oakwood University at 7 p.m.