LEBANON, Tenn. – Michael Sweat scored 15 points off the bench, all in the first half, leading five players in double figures in Cumberland’s 95-62 victory over Fisk University in men’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (1-1) blitzed the visitors to start the second half with a 16-4 run, highlighted by six points from Walter Simon and capped with a 3-pointer by Haris Batalevic. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to as many as 37 late in the half, shooting 70 percent from the field in the period.
Terry Williams, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, scored 14 points for CU, while Kyle Upton and Simon each netted 12 and Batalevic added 11. Lamar Brinkley posted eight points and eight rebounds, with Williams grabbing six boards and Sweat pulling down five caroms.
Michael Brodnax led Fisk with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while D’Andre Johnson and Antwan Vanlier each recorded 11 points. Fisk (0-4) committed 20 turnovers in the contest, leading to 35 Cumberland points. The Bulldogs also dominated in the paint, outscoring Fisk, 42-22, in the lane.
The first half was nip-and-tuck for the first eight minutes, with the Bulldogs leading 21-16 after a 3-pointer from Johnson. But the visitors failed to score for almost seven minutes and CU took advantage, putting together a 13-0 spurt before Jauwon Cain knocked down another 3-pointer for Fisk.
Cumberland forced 13 turnovers and scored 21 points off the Fisk miscues while also dominating in the paint, 18-8. weat scored 15 points off the bench for CU, including a tomahawk jam just before the half, as the Bulldogs took a 44-28 advantage at intermission.
Cumberland returns home next Monday to face Oakwood University at 8 p.m.