Shelton's 22 paces CU in win
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Shelton's 22 paces CU in win
Freshman Will Shelton made three 3-pointers and scored 22 points in CU's 85-76 win Saturday over William Woods. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Will Shelton made three 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures in Cumberland’s 85-76 victory over Williams Woods in men’s basketball action Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

The Savannah, Tenn., native was 7-for-12 from the field overall, hit 3-of-5 from behind the arc and added five free throws as well as grabbing five rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

He posted five points with one 3-pointer during a 15-6 spurt in the first half that helped the Bulldogs take an 11-point lead at the half. Ronell Abaekobe and Mark Brown added trifectas during the stretch as well.

Cumberland maintained a double-digit advantage most of the second half, with the Owls never getting closer than eight points, once with 12:13 to play and the other in the final minute.

Delaryn Dodd netted nine of his 13 points in the second half while Brown finished with 17 points with three 3-pointers. Dodd and Brown each grabbed six rebounds and Brown handed out four assists.

Cedric Nash posted 12 points and five boards while Marquel Hickerson collected nine points and five assists for the Bulldogs.

Kevin House led William Woods with 18 points and Deon Pettigrew netted 13 points, but the Owls hit just 8-for-33 from behind the arc, including 3-of-17 in the first half.

Cumberland led 24-21 after an old-fashioned 3-point play by House with 6:54 to play in the opening half, but Abaekobe answered with a triple for CU and Dodd added a bucket. Shelton netted his second trifecta of the period and Dodd added his own 3-point play to push the advantage to 36-25.

Brown’s 3-pointer increased the lead to a dozen and Hickerson’s bucket with a minute left in the half gave Cumberland its largest lead of the game at 43-30.

Shelton hit another 3-pointer to start the second half and consecutive field goals plus a free throw by Dodd stretched the advantage back to double-digits after WWU pulled within nine. Shelton made back-to-back field goals when the Owls pulled within eight midway through the half.

Cumberland hits the road again Tuesday to face Oakwood University at 7 p.m. before hosting 11th-ranked Martin Methodist on Thursday at 7 p.m.