|February 16, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
Univ. of Rio Grande
|Stats at a Glance||URG-M||CU-M|
|FG Percentage||.333 (20-60)||.481 (26-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.192 (5-26)||.357 (5-14)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (15-18)||.750 (9-12)|
Blackmon - 11
Holt - 11
Holt - 9
Gillis - 1
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland went 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds and used a balanced Bulldog scoring attack to defeat the University of Rio Grande 66-60 for its fifth conference win Saturday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland’s four seniors each made big contributions, led by Creshaun Holt’s 11 points and nine rebounds. Elijah Gillis also scored 11 points to go along with four rebounds, Charles Stewart registered 10 points and four assists, while Jerret Towns scored eight points and reeled in a game-high nine rebounds.
The win thrust Cumberland (9-18, 4-13), back into the ninth spot in the Mid-South Conference, where 11 teams are vying for spots in the eight-team tournament. The Bulldogs currently sit two games behind UVA-Wise for the final position with two conference games remaining for CU against Bluefield College and the University of the Cumberlands.
With just under two minutes remaining in the contest, Holt connected on a bucket underneath the hoop on a shovel pass from Stewart to put the Bulldogs up 57-49 and seemingly in control of the game. But Rio Grande’s Jermaine Warmack was fouled on a 3-point attempt and knocked down every free throw to pull the RedStorm to within five with 1:39 to go.
The Bulldogs held a five-point lead with 1:34 left in the game and control of the ball, but Rio Grande’s full court pressure forced a turnover in CU’s backcourt which led to a layup by Warmack to cut the lead to three.
A missed layup by Brian Blackmon was grabbed by Gillis who scored to put the Bulldogs up 61-56 with 42 ticks remaining before the RedStorm’s Dominick Haynes converted a layup to make it a one-possession ballgame. Rio Grandewas then forced to foul, and two free throws by Daniel McFadden and Gillis and one from Lester Gude iced the win for Cumberland.
In the first half, neither team led by more than five points until a 3-pointer by Gillis put CU up 22-16 with 8:12 to play. A jumper by URG’s Evan Legg and a 3-pointer by Warmack quickly shred the Bulldog lead to one. With 2:13 left in the half, McFadden drained a 3-pointer and converted a layup off a behind-the-back pass from Stewart to again push the lead to six, but a RedStorm 3-pointer by D.D. Joiner with two seconds before the buzzer pulledRio Grandeto within 32-29.
In the second half, URG was able to pull within three points on a layup by Bruce Komakech with just under nine minutes to go, but a 13-5 Bulldog run propelled CU to a 55-44 lead with four minutes left to play.
Blackmon also shared team-high scoring honors with 11 points, and Gude and McFadden chipped in with 8 and 7, respectively.
For Rio Grande (9-18, 5-13), Warmack had a game-high 20 points.
Cumberland travels to Bluefield College next Saturday, its last trip road trip of the season, for a 3:00 CT game.