HENDERSON, Tenn. – Lindal Yarbrough was off the mark on a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Cumberland University let a TranSouth Conference contest slip away in the second half at No. 25 Freed-Hardeman University, falling 66-64 at the FHU Sports Center Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (5-7, 1-1 TranSouth) led by seven at halftime and extended their lead to as many as 14 points in the second half before going ice cold down the stretch. In the final 9:51 of the contest, CU was 2-of-8 from the field and turned the ball over five times as the Lions (10-6, 2-0) closed the game on a 23-6 run.
With 21.5 seconds left on the clock and the score tied at 64 apiece, Graciano Negron drove to the basket and was called for an offensive foul, giving the ball back to the Lions. After a timeout, Freed-Hardeman set up a play that put the ball in the hands of Jesse Moulton, who knocked down a shot from just inside the 3-point line with 4.3 seconds remaining.
Yarbrough got the ball upcourt and took a shot from three feet behind the arc, but the ball wouldn’t fall as the horn sounded.
Cumberland had no answer for FHU’s big man as Kyle Teichmann scored a game-high 28 points, including 15 in the second half, on 12-of-20 shooting.
The Bulldogs were shooting 60 percent before Freed’s run that closed the game and ended the contest at 54.2 percent.
CU committed 20 turnovers in the contest, marking the fourth time this year that the Bulldogs have had at least 20 giveaways.
Cumberland controlled the first half, building a lead as large as nine points with 56 seconds left and taking a 32-27 advantage into the locker room. CU trailed only once – 2-0 after a Freed-Hardeman basket on its opening possession.
The Bulldogs shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the first half and outrebounded the home team 15-10. Cumberland turned nine Lion turnovers into eight points, including a three-point play by Kyle Upton, who got the ball after a Trey Caruthers steal at midcourt.
Upton, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, finished with 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Negron added 14 points and seven rebounds.
Cumberland travels to Blue Mountain College Thursday at 8 p.m. before hosting rival Trevecca Nazarene next Saturday at 4 p.m.