|November 11, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||OAK-M||CU-M|
|FG Percentage||.406 (26-64)||.439 (29-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (6-15)||.211 (4-19)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (5-10)||.462 (12-26)|
Hickerson - 2
Bond - 2
Frazier - 2
Benacek - 1
LEBANON, Tenn. – Tylor Owens netted 11 points and DeQuan Bond added 10, but Cumberland missed 14-of-26 free throws and committed 18 turnovers but still posted a 74-63 victory over Oakwood University in men’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (3-1) defeated the Ambassadors for the second time in four days and did so with 12 players in the scoring column, including eight points apiece from Telvin Wilkerson and Jerrod Gaston and seven by Paul Williams.
Cumberland missed 9-of-20 foul shots in the second half, opening the door for Oakwood down the stretch, with the visitors cutting the deficit to eight with just under two minutes to play.
The Ambassadors put together a 14-4 spurt with two buckets each from Domonic Pierre Louis and Timmy Wright, Jr., as well as trifectas by Brandon Daniels and Ollie Felps, the last one from Phelps cutting the CU advantage to 69-61 with 1:40 remaining. Cumberland missed 10-of-11 shots as well as three free throws and committed three turnovers during the stretch, but Oakwood could not get any closer, throwing the ball away three straight times down the floor to end the momentum.
Cameron Prather made 1-of-2 free throws and redshirt freshman Garrett Kirkland had a layup in the final minute to seal the win for CU.
Daniels led all scorers with 16 points while Wright, Jr., added 12 and Pierre Louis registered 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, but Oakwood committed 26 turnovers in the game, which the Bulldogs turned into 24 points.
Moritz Dern led CU with seven boards and DeMario Frazier added six rebounds and five points.
The two teams combined to hit only 3-of-19 shots and commit 12 turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game, with Cumberland leading just 5-3 at the 12:17 mark of the first half. Oakdoow netted six straight points to take the lead, including an old-fashioned 3-point play by Ryan Johnson and a 3-pointer from Simeon Middleton.
The Ambassadors did not score for almost six minutes after that and the Bulldogs took advantage, running off 17 consecutive points. Owens and Gaston each posted six points during the run, giving CU a 22-9 advantage.
Cumberland stretched the lead to 16 with a 3-pointer by Wilkerson in the final minute of the period and led 32-16 at the break.
The Bulldogs started quickly in the second half, extending the lead to 41-18 with a trifecta by Uros Benacek just over three minutes into the period. A 7-0 spurt by Oakwood cut the deficit to 12, with Daniels scoring a pair of buckets. A jumper from Bond pushed the edge back to 62-45 with 7:26 to play, but soon after the Ambassadors shaved off points until finally running out of chances.
Cumberland plays again at home this Saturday, opening Mid-South Conference play against Life University at 6 p.m. before hosting Freed-Hardeman on Monday at 8 p.m.