January 10, 20131st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Cumberland36328480
UVA-Wise27418581
Stats at a GlanceCU-MWISE
FG Percentage.525 (32-61) .356 (31-87)
3P FG Percentage.263 (5-19) .136 (3-22)
FT Percentage.688 (11-16) .500 (16-32)
Offensive Rebounds1029
Defensive Rebounds3521
Total Rebounds4550
Turnovers2712
Steals712
Bench Points1912
LeadersCU-MWISE
PointsHolt - 24
Moore - 24
ReboundsHolt - 8
Boyce - 24
AssistsTowns - 5
Smith - 7
StealsTowns - 2
Gude - 2
Moore - 6
BlocksHolt - 7
Day - 1
CU falls in double overtime
Thursday, January 10, 2013
CU falls in double overtime
Brian Blackmon posted 18 points and six rebounds versus UVA-Wise in double overtime on Thursday night. (Credit Steve Wampler)

WISE, Va. – A free throw with half-a-second remaining in double overtime gave UVA-Wise an 81-80 victory over Cumberland Thursday night at the David J. Convocation Center. The Bulldogs were unable to outlast the Cavaliers despite 24 points from Creshaun Holt and 18 by Brian Blackmon.

CU (6-9, 2-5) was dominated on the glass by Wise, giving up 29 offensive rebounds, and allowing Deon Boyce of the Cavs to collect 24 rebounds of his own. The Bulldogs also struggled down the stretch with the basketball, committing 27 turnovers in the game.

Cumberland seemed to have control during regulation, leading by as many as 14 in both halves. The short-handed Bulldogs utilized all ten active players, with five playing more than 30 minutes each.

CU took its first lead of the game, 8-7, on a Lester Gude three-pointer minutes into the game. A three-pointer by Ryan Slusher off an out-of-bounds play and a jumper by Holt put the Bulldogs up by nine.

Guard Cameron Prather entered the game for Cumberland and made an immediate impact on the game, outhustling bigger opponents by coming up with two offensive rebounds and a tip-in to push increase the lead to 14.

The Bulldogs failed to score in the final two minutes of the first half while the Cavs connected on a trey by James Turner with 1:56 left to end the half with a 36-27 Bulldog advantage.

Minutes into the second half, a K.J. Stripling jumper pushed CU’s lead back to 14. Cumberland went cold from the field for several minutes, committing four turnovers, and allowing the Cavs to close within five points.

With 8:52 left in the game, Jerret Towns sent a pass high up and Holt grabbed it and slammed it down, igniting the Bulldogs. Less than a minute later, Gude stole the ball, raced down the court, jumped over a defender and threw in a monster dunk while drawing a foul. Gude’s free throw put the Bulldogs up 58-50.

Boyce hit a jumper with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game at 64. Holt scored in the paint before Wise countered with two free throws. Blackmon made a tough shot in the paint with twelve seconds to go, but Wise was able to tie it up with a jump shot by Turner with one second to go, forcing overtime.

Blackmon opened the extra period with a score off of the jump ball and a jumper to give CU a slight four-point cushion. Holt’s jumper pushed the lead to 74-69, but Wise’s Matt Day nailed a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to bring the Cavs to within two. Elijah Gillis hit one of two free throws to put CU up 75-72, but Darius Smith scored in the paint to cut the lead to one with 15 seconds remaining. Holt then stepped to the line, connecting on his second foul shot, putting the Bulldogs up two with 12 seconds left. The Cavs were able to score on a Boyce jumper with three seconds to go to force a second overtime.

Both teams understandably showed signs of fatigue, with the first score of the period coming from Wise’s Javon Moore at the 3:23 mark. Towns tied it up with a score in the paint and after two missed free throws by the Cavs, Towns hit a difficult shot in the lane to put CU in the lead, 80-78. Moore countered on the other end to tie the game up with under a minute remaining. A missed shot by the Bulldogs gave Wise the ball with 23 seconds to go. Smith drove to the hoop and CU was whistled for a foul with just .5 seconds left on the clock, sending him to the line. He clanked the first shot before hitting the second to seal the win for the Cavs.

Gude contributed 12 points for the Bulldogs, while Towns tallied 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Holt grabbed eight rebounds and Blackmon recorded six.

Moore led Wise with 24 points and Boyce scored 22.

Cumberland continues its road trip on Saturday, traveling to the University of Pikeville for a 3 p.m. CT game.