Sweat's final-second jumper sends CU to win
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sweat's final-second jumper sends CU to win
Johnny Williams posted 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists in CU's 54-52 victory Monday at Auburn Montgomery. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Michael Sweat hit jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining and then stole the inbounds pass, sealing a 54-52 Cumberland victory over Auburn Montgomery in men’s basketball action Monday night in Montgomery, Ala.

The Bulldogs (14-7) shot just 33 percent in the contest but outrebounded the Warhawks, 42-33, including nine by Terry Williams and seven along with four assists and 10 boards from Johnny Williams, who was playing against his old team.

Cumberland led by as many as eight points on two occasions in the second half, the first at 39-31 after a Josh Pierce fastbreak layup and the second at 43-35 after a jumper from Daniel McFadden with 11:39 to play. AUM put together a 13-4 spurt led by four points each by Justin Zachary and Alex Hergott, taking a 48-47 edge with 5:34 to play on a Zachary layup.

CU answered with a 3-pointer from Adam Barnett and a jumper by Johnny Williams, but two free throws from Hergott and then a bucket by the senior with 34 seconds left tied the contest at 52. Johnny Williams setup the winning shot by Sweat, who finished with 13 points. McFadden added 10 points and five boards off the bench.

The two teams made just 18-of-61 field goals and combined for 19 turnovers in the first half, with Cumberland taking a 28-23 advantage. Hergott’s 3-pointer gave AUM a 13-6 advantage and a layup by Trey Geter put the home team ahead, 16-8.

The Bulldogs ended the half on a 20-7 run that started with three straight buckets by McFadden. A 3-pointer and then an old-fashioned 3-point play from Johnny Williams gave CU its first lead of the game and the senior added two free throws with 1:13 to play for the final points of the period.

Cumberland returns to TranSouth Conference action Thursday, hosting Lyon College at 8 p.m.