December 07, 20131st2ndFinal
Cumberland University203454
Oakwood Univ.222850
Stats at a GlanceCUOAK
FG Percentage.273 (12-44) .300 (15-50)
3P FG Percentage.385 (5-13) .222 (4-18)
FT Percentage.758 (25-33) .571 (16-28)
Offensive Rebounds1411
Defensive Rebounds2923
Total Rebounds4334
Bench Points2215
PointsFlagler - 14
Clark - 15
ReboundsBrinkley - 15
Caines - 10
AssistsGude - 2
Clark - 2
Jacob II - 2
StealsFlagler - 4
Pelote - 2
Clark - 2
BlocksBrinkley - 1
Stripling - 1
Dern - 1
Gude - 1
Caines - 3
Flagler, Brinkley lead Bulldogs to comeback win
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Flagler, Brinkley lead Bulldogs to comeback win
Alex Flagler connected from three with 51 seconds remaining to help propel Cumberland to a 54-50 victory over Oakwood University. (Credit Steve Wampler)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sophomore Alex Flagler hit a three-pointer from the right wing with just 51 seconds remaining to give Cumberland a two-point advantage and Lamar Brinkley shut the door with four free throws in the final minute as the Bulldogs erased a 13-point deficit in the second half to beat Oakwood University, 54-50 victory Saturday night at Ashby Auditorium.

Flagler finished the game with a team-high 14 points and Brinkley added 12 including hitting an impressive 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Freshman Marquel Hickerson also registered double-figures scoring 10.

The Bulldogs trailed by two points at the end of the first half, but quickly regained the lead as Hickerson connected on back-to-back treys near the 16-minute mark. Brinkley added a layup with 15 minutes remaining before a lid seemed to find a place atop the Cumberland goal.

CU would spend nearly the next eight minutes without a field goal, hitting just five free throws during the span. The Ambassadors used that time slot to open up a 13-point advantage, capped by a three-pointer from Jordan Riley with 8:04 to play.

Brinkley stopped the bleeding with a bucket at the 7:15 mark to move the contest to 41-35 in favor of Oakwood.

With 4:05 remaining Flagler connected from three to give Cumberland a 45-43 lead. Trailing by one with under a minute left, the sophomore hoisted a shot from behind the arc to again recapture a short-lived lead. That was because the Ambassadors responded from downtown with 35 seconds on the clock.

Brinkley drew a foul and connected on a pair of free throws to recapture the lead and, after a pair of missed free throws by Oakwood, pulled down the rebound that would seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

Cumberland continues a historical start this season, having collected eight straight victories without a loss to open the season. CU will look to remain perfect with a test on Saturday against Bethel University. The teams are set for tip-off at 4 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.