MAYFIELD, Ky. – Chris Ferguson’s 18-footer with 9.3 seconds left was the game-winner and the senior scored all 17 of his points after halftime, as Mid-Continent won a see-saw affair, 77-75, over Cumberland in men’s basketball action here Saturday.
Ferguson made 7-of-12 shots after the break and the Cougars (5-16, 4-4 TranSouth) won their third straight contest, a game that featured 22 lead changes and 20 ties. The Bulldogs (13-7, 4-4) shot 55 percent in the second half, erasing a nine-point deficit with 6:50 to play behind 3-pointers from Michael Sweat, Kyle Upton and Daniel McFadden.
Sweat posted his second straight 20-point outing with 20 points and four 3-pointers, while Lamar Brinkley added 15 points and eight boards. Mid-Continent also shot lights-out after intermission (50 percent), with Marcus Bowins making three of the team’s four trifectas in the second half.
Steve McBorrough netted 14 points for the Cougars and Bowins finished with 13.
The Bulldogs started the game slowly on offense and could not buy a layup in the entire half, but put together a 14-5 run in the middle of the period to take a 24-19 advantage. Seven different players scored during the stretch, including a putback by Ajuma Jaramogi and a 3-pointer from Sweat. Brinkley’s bucket finished the spurt, but consecutive trifectas by Charles Tillman pushed MCU back ahead.
Marcus Johnson made two free throws with 1:30 remaining in the half for the final two points by either team. CU did not score over the last 2:58 of the period and trailed 36-34 at the break.
Cumberland plays Monday at Auburn Montgomery at 7 p.m. and hosts Lyon College on Thursday at 8 p.m.