Hickerson's double-double paces Bulldog win
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hickerson's double-double paces Bulldog win
Marquel Hickerson collected his first career double-double with 13 points and- 11 rebounds in CU's 77-70 win Thursday night at St. Catharine. (Credit Steve Wampler)

ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – Marquel Hickerson registered 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for his first double-double and Telvin Wilkerson added 18 points in Cumberland’s 77-70 victory over St. Catharine College in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at Lourdes Hall.

Cumberland (8-16, 3-8 Mid-South) put together a 21-8 run in the first half to take the lead and never relinquished it, though the Patriots (7-13, 3-7) pulled within one with 8:40 remaining the contest. The Bulldogs missed the front end of the 1-and-1 twice in the final 90 seconds but then made its last eight free throws in the last minute.

Hickerson connected on the final four foul shots in the last 20.1 seconds and Paul Williams and Uros Benacek each made two foul shots as well in the last 45.2 seconds.

Cameron Prather netted 13 points and Benacek and Josh Wilkerson each posted 11 for Cumberland in the win. Telvin Wilkerson also tied his season-high with six rebounds.

St. Catharine was just 3-of-13 from behind the arc in the second half, scoring just one basket in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the period. An 8-0 spurt by the Bulldogs during that dry spell gave CU a 48-37 advantage.

The Patriots used an 18-8 run over the next six minutes to get back in the game, with Ben Vozzola beginning the stretch with two free throws and a bucket and then ending the spurt with a 3-point play. Khalil Murphy added a field goal and a 3-pointer as well, but Telvin Wilkerson’s basket with 8:14 remaining ended the run.

Telvin Wilkerson added two more buckets and Josh Wilkerson had another over the next five minutes, with another from Hickerson mixed in. Prather’s basket with 2:41 remaining made it 68-60 for the Bulldogs.

St. Catharine would not get closer than four points the rest of the way thanks to the free throws by CU.

Murphy posted 21 points to lead the Patriots, with 18 of those in the second half, while Dewberry finished with 12, Vozzola had 11 and Demetrius Richardson recorded 10.

St. Catharine knocked down three 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the game, but the Bulldogs answered with four straight from behind the arc, the last two by Prather, for a 19-15 advantage at the 11:45 mark. The last three trifectas started a 21-8 spurt over seven minutes, with Josh Wilkerson and Alex Flagler (just before the shot clock expired) drilling 3-pointers to end the stretch.

That gave the Bulldogs a 31-21 advantage with 5:35 remaining in the half, but three straight trifectas by the Patriots – one each from Dewberry, Barry Smith and Vozzola – cut the CU lead to one. A nice baby hook on the baseline by Benacek helped Cumberland keep the advantage.

Telvin Wilkerson got a bucket plus the foul the next time down, part of 12 first-half points for the junior. Prather’s 15-footer increased the lead to seven with 53 seconds left in the period and DeMario Frazier’s layup made it a 40-34 Cumberland lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs shot 57 percent in the half and 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Prather posted eight points to go with Telvin Wilkerson’s dozen. Dewberry led the Patriots with 10 points, as SCC hit 6-of-15 from 3-point range in the half.

Cumberland heads to sixth-ranked Campbellsville University on Saturday at 3 p.m. Central Time.