Two big runs send men's hoops to loss
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Two big runs send men's hoops to loss
Kenneth Stripling led the Bulldogs with 12 points in CU's loss Saturday at Georgetown. (Credit Steve Wampler)

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Jaylen Daniel scored 24 points and Monty Wilson added 13 points and 11 rebounds, as 16th-ranked Georgetown College used a 16-4 spurt at the end of the first half to take control en route to an 81-59 victory over Cumberland here Saturday in men’s basketball action at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium.

Kenneth Stripling was the only Cumberland (12-13, 4-12) player in double figures, finishing with 12 points, while E.J. Perry netted nine points, but the Bulldogs shot just 32 percent from the fiueld and 3-for-16 from 3-point range in the loss. CU missed numerous shots around the bucket, including at least six layups, negating any chance of making a comeback.

Georgetown’s 16-4 run at the end of the first half gave the home team a 38-25 advantage at the break and the Tigers opened the second half with a 10-2 spurt, including 3-pointers from Daniel and Wilson, giving GC a 48-27 advantage. An 8-2 spurt by the Bulldogs, including a pair of buckets by Stripling and a gigantic putback dunk from DeMario Frazier, cut the deficit to 56-43 with 11:15 remaining, but a pair of missed layups by Lester Gude and too many empty trips over the next four minutes allowed Georgetown to maintain the double-digit lead.

Corey Washburn had back-to-back field goals and Noah Cottrill’s consecutive 3-pointers were part of a 16-5 run by Georgetown that put the game away. The Tigers shot 58 percent from the field in the second half, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc.

The Bulldogs started fast, with Perry knocking down a 3-pointer and Stripling finishing twice around the rim for a 9-4 edge just over four minutes into the game. CU continued to lead at the first media timeout behind buckets from Frazier and DeQuan Bond, but a 3-pointer from Cottrill and two free throws by Daniel tied the contest at 17 with 7:35 left in the period.

Cottrill’s trifecta was the first lead of the game for the Tigers and Georgetown led 22-21 at the second media timeout of the half. The home team outscored Cumberland, 16-4, over the last 4:02 of the period, hitting all eight foul shots and getting a3-pointer from the corner by Russ Middleton with 7.8 seconds remaining, giving the Tigers a 38-25 advantage.

Daniel led all players with 11 points and Georgetown was 9-for-9 at the charity stripe, overcoming 10 turnovers. On the other hand, bad shots, missed layups and a couple of turnovers doomed Cumberland in the last 10 minutes of the half, with CU scoring just eight points after Moritz Dern’s putback at the 10:06 mark.

Frazier led the Bulldogs with six points and Perry added five, but the club shot just 32 percent from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Cumberland plays its final two home games of the season next week, taking on Shawnee State on Thursday at 8 p.m. and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday at 4 p.m. Senior Day activities will take place for five seniors before the game on Saturday.