November 05, 20131st2ndFinal
Oakwood Univ.193655
Cumberland Univ.443882
Stats at a GlanceOAKCU-M
FG Percentage.353 (18-51) .410 (25-61)
3P FG Percentage.412 (7-17) .417 (10-24)
FT Percentage.571 (12-21) .917 (22-24)
Offensive Rebounds1314
Defensive Rebounds2324
Total Rebounds3638
Bench Points1536
PointsJohnson - 21
Perry - 17
Wilkerson - 17
ReboundsPelote - 6
Clark - 6
Johnson - 6
Hickerson - 8
AssistsClark - 5
Hickerson - 4
StealsMcLean - 1
Wright - 1
Clark - 1
Johnson - 1
Caines - 1
Prather - 3
BlocksCaines - 5
Dern - 2
Bulldogs dominant in season-opening win
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Bulldogs dominant in season-opening win
E.J. Perry went 7-for-10 from the field en route to a team-high 17 points. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – In its season opener, the Cumberland men’s basketball squad wasted no time adjusting to a new year as the Bulldogs opened up a 10-0 lead and never looked back, cruising to an 82-55 victory over Oakwood on Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Guards E.J. Perry and Josh Wilkerson each scored a team-high 17 points in the contest. Perry hit three of the Bulldogs’ 10 three-pointers while Wilkerson added two of his own. Freshman Marquel Hickerson brought down a game-high eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs (1-0) shot just 37.5 percent from the floor in the second half, but had opened up a large enough lead to keep the game out of reach. Solid free throw shooting also helped to ease the cold hands. CU sunk 22-of-24 from the charity stripe during the game, including hitting 18-of-20 in the second half.

Following a pair of free throws to open the first half, Alex Flagler and Wilkerson each hit from behind the arc. A jumper from Moritz Dern found nothing but net and put the Bulldogs ahead, 10-0.

Three-pointers would continue to fuel CU in the opening frame as Cumberland hit eight from downtown in the opening half alone.

Already leading 32-16 with just 4:12 left in the half, Cumberland exploded for 12 straight points, capped by a pair of Perry fast break layups to remove any doubt from the contest.

Oakwood (0-4) was not content to go away in the second half, opening with a 12-3 run over the first six minutes thanks, in part, by a 1-for-8 performance by the Bulldogs in that time frame. CU continued to struggle offensively in the second half until around the 8:30 mark in the game.

A Flagler layup answered an Oakwood three-pointer and sparked what would be a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. The Atlanta, Ga., native hit a jumper which was followed by a steal from Terry Williams who fed Hickerson for the finish. Four free throws handed the Bulldogs a 23 point advantage with four minutes to play.

Cumberland will not enjoy a long break between contests as the squad now shifts gears to Thursday nights’ home contest against Mid-Continent. Tip-off against the Cougars is set for 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.