January 19, 20131st2ndFinal
Cumberland (Tenn.)294978
Campbellsville Univ.254772
Stats at a GlanceCU-MCAMP
FG Percentage.568 (25-44) .464 (26-56)
3P FG Percentage.500 (9-18) .308 (8-26)
FT Percentage.826 (19-23) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds812
Defensive Rebounds2012
Total Rebounds2824
Bench Points1220
PointsStewart - 15
Smith - 15
ReboundsGillis - 7
Thomas - 8
AssistsStewart - 4
Scott - 5
StealsBlackmon - 3
Scott - 4
BlocksPerry - 1
Holt - 1
Payne - 1
Myers - 1
CU snaps losing skid, defeats Campbellsville 78-72
Saturday, January 19, 2013
CU snaps losing skid, defeats Campbellsville 78-72
Charles Stewart posted 15 points, five rebounds and four assists against Campbellsville University. (Credit Steve Wampler)

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Cumberland hit 13-of-14 free throws in the last 1:08 to seal a 78-72 victory over Campbellsville University Saturday afternoon. Charles Stewart scored a game-high 15 points, including going 7-of-8 from the line in the last 68 seconds.

Cumberland (7-11, 3-7) rose out of a two-game shooting slump to hit 57-percent of their attempts and 19-of-23 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs also nailed half of their 3-point shots, going 9-of-18 from the floor.

The contest started out slowly, with the squads only managing one free throw apiece until Creshaun Holt put in a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 4-1. The game then became a 3-point shootout between the Bulldogs and Tigers. E.J. Perry and Lester Gude combined for four consecutive treys while Campbellsville had three Tigers step up and hit deep shots, putting the Bulldogs ahead 20-16 at the 7:54 mark.

Daniel McFadden came off of the bench and provided valuable minutes for CU, ripping down an offensive board and scoring on a putback with 6:37 on the clock to give Cumberland a 22-18 advantage. After an Elijah Gillis bucket, McFadden hit a triple to push the Bulldog lead to six.

Two Stewart free throws with 1:34 left before the half put CU up 29-23. The Tigers’ Jordan Myers scored off an offensive rebound, cutting the lead to four. Cumberland then coughed up two turnovers, but Cameron Prather’s steal as time expired allowed the Bulldogs to hang on to their 29-25 lead going into the locker room.

The Tigers scored the first basket of the second half to cut the deficit to two. After being held scoreless in the first stanza, CU’s Brian Blackmon scored a bucket to again put Cumberland up four.

With 16:37 left in the game, Perry knocked down his third triple of the game to extend CU’s lead to five. At the 12-minute mark, Stewart threw his 5-9 body into the paint, hauled in an offensive board and scored to extend CU’s lead seven. McFadden knocked in a three the next trip down the floor to give the Bulldogs a double-digit lead.

On a miss by Kenneth Stripling, Stewart once again wrangled an offensive rebound, leading to a McFadden bucket to push the lead to a dozen with 9:36 remaining on the clock.

The Tigers’ Malik Thomas scored a second chance bucket to put Campbellsville within eight, but Blackmon hit a shot in the paint to extend the lead back to ten with 3:46 to go.

The Bulldogs lost sight of sharp-shooter Myers and he nailed a three to cut the lead to 64-57, and two free throws by his teammate Sean Scott sliced CU’s advantage to five.

A big time steal by Stewart in the backcourt led to a fastbreak layup by McFadden with 1:39 left in the game. Thomas hit another bucket for Campbellsville on the ensuing possession, cutting the lead to five.

The Tigers successfully enacted a full court press, rattling CU into turnovers, but Campbellsville was unable to convert on their side of the floor. The remainder of the game was hashed out at the free throw line, with Stewart knocking in his seven freebies and Blackmon draining all six of his free attempts.

For Campbellsville (11-7, 5-5) Addison Smith tallied 15 points.

Cumberland returns home next week, taking on the University of Pikeville on Thursday at 8 p.m. CT and UVA-Wise on Saturday at 4 p.m.