NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lamar Brinkley scored a season-high 21 points and Brinkley and Jerret Towns both recorded double-doubles, as Cumberland led wire-to-wire in a 70-62 victory over Trevecca Nazarene in men’s basketball action Saturday here at Moore Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs (12-3, 4-0 TranSouth) never trailed and led by as many as 13 points in the first half and 15 in the second half en route to their fifth consecutive victory in the series. Brinkley finished with 11 rebounds and Towns added 13 points and 10 boards, as CU won the battle of the boards, 41-33.
Brinkley netted 13 points after intermission and was 9-for-12 from the field in the game. Towns also finished 6-of-9, part of 49 percent shooting as a team for the Bulldogs.
Cumberland jumped out to a 21-8 advantage in the first half and led 34-22 at the break. CU pushed the lead to 15 in the first two minutes of the second half, but the Trojans responded with a 14-3 spurt that cut the deficit to four.
Eric Orr scored five points during the run and Marquise Rudolph, who paced the Trojans with 20 points, contributed seven during the stretch. Daniel McFadden’s 3-pointer from the corner got the Bulldogs back on track and Josh Pierce added a trifecta from the opposite corner two minutes later, giving the visitors a 10-point edge.
Trevecca (11-6, 3-1) pulled within five after two free throws from Keith Morris with 10:13 remaining, but Brinkley completed an old-fashioned 3-point play on the ensuing possession and added back-to-back field goals inside of seven minutes to keep the advantage at 10.
Orr finished with 16 points, 14 in the second half, and Michael France, who entered the game averaging almost 22 points per game, posted 12 of 5-of-13 shooting.
Charles Stewart recorded eight points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench for CU and McFadden added seven.
The Bulldogs started quickly, taking a 21-8 advantage on the last of four Brinkley field goals with 9:39 to play in the half. But the Trojans scored eight straight to cut the deficit to five thanks to four points from Rudolph.
Cumberland ended the half on an 11-3 spurt that included a pair of field goals from Towns and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Stewart. CU won the battle of the boards, 20-13, and took a 34-22 advantage to intermission.
Cumberland heads to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 8 p.m.