LEBANON, Tenn. – Michael Sweat scored a season-high 26 points and Lamar Brinkley added 18, as Cumberland led wire-to-wire and defeated rival Trevecca Nazarene for the sixth straight time, 74-64, on Saturday in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (18-7, 8-4 TranSouth) posted their fifth straight win overall this season as well as the ninth in the last 10 meetings with the Trojans (16-9, 8-4). Sweat netted five 3-pointers and the Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field in the game, including 57 percent in the second half, holding off a rally by Trevecca after intermission.
Cumberland led early in the game and took an eight-point advantage at the break. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 12 early in the second half, but an 11-2 run by the Trojans tied the game at 53 with 8:11 remaining after consecutive buckets from Eric Orr.
Sweat answered on CU’s next trip with a trifecta and added another two minutes later and the Trojans never pulled closer than two the rest of the game. TNU went more than three minutes down the stretch without a point, missing four free throws as well as committing a pair of turnovers. CU scored nine points during the dry spell, lengthening a two-point advantage to 11 thanks to five points from Johnny Williams.
Williams finished with 11 points and five assists and Kyle Upton added eight off the bench, including 4-for-4 at the foul line late in the game.
Orr led four Trojans in double figures with 15 points, while Michael France netted 14, Marquise Rudolph posted 12 and Maliek Daniels recorded 10.
The Bulldogs started fast with 3-pointers from Williams, Sweat and Brinkley, but the Trojans tied the game at nine with buckets by JP Nyadaro, Orr and Randolph. Sweat added two more trifectas in the half and Josh Pierce slammed home a dunk at the 7:28 mark of the first half for a 22-13 advantage.
Andrew Ayodeji’s 3-pointer from the corner gave CU a 31-22 edge and the Bulldogs held a 32-24 lead at the break.
Cumberland travels to Union University on Monday and hosts Bethel University on Thursday at 8 p.m.