February 23, 20171st2ndFinal
#6 Georgetown Coll.304979
Cumberland Univ.333467
Stats at a GlanceGEOR-MCU-M
FG Percentage.552 (32-58) .441 (26-59)
3P FG Percentage.389 (7-18) .227 (5-22)
FT Percentage.571 (8-14) .714 (10-14)
Offensive Rebounds75
Defensive Rebounds2922
Total Rebounds3627
Bench Points1910
PointsSteward - 20
Holt, Jr. - 22
ReboundsCoffey - 11
Hickerson - 6
AssistsPoindexter - 1
Burns - 1
Cowherd - 1
Conway - 1
Steward - 1
Townes - 4
StealsSteward - 2
Townes - 2
BlocksBurns - 2
Dodd - 1
Townes - 1
Late run lifts Tigers past Phoenix
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Late run lifts Tigers past Phoenix
Senior Marquel Hickerson surpassed his 1,000 career point mark on Thursday night, netting nine points in a 79-67 loss to sixth-ranked Georgetown College.

LEBANON, Tenn – Cumberland started quickly, taking a 14-point lead in the first half, but sixth-ranked Georgetown College fought back and put together a decisive 27-9 run in the second period in a 79-67 victory in men's basketball action here Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland went into the second half leading 33-30 and a free throw by Graham extended their lead to four but Georgetown College’s Darion Burns’ layup in the paint and a dunk by Chris Coffey knotted the score at 34 early in the second period. Rhyan Townes responded quickly with a three-pointer and a dunk by Delaryn Dodd regained the Phoenix lead, 37-34.

Two points from Coffey and Quan Poindexter cut the Tigers deficit to two. Each team went point for point, off a basket from Marquel Hickerson and a jump shot from Coffey including a free throw by Poindexter to pull Georgetown within one.

Jamonte Graham netted two free throws but Trent Gilbert’s trifecta tied the score at 46 with 13:06 remaining and the start of the Tigers 27-9 spurt.

Three free throws by Troy Steward and a jumper by Eljay Cowherd and Coffey helped Georgetown claim the lead for good. Two points by Burns and a trifecta by Cowherd put the Tigers up by six.

Will Shelton netted a basket and a three-pointer to pull Cumberland within three, 60-57 at the 8:30 mark. A combined effort by Georgetown’s offense including four points by Burns, and two apiece by Coffey and Cowherd and a triple by Steward extended Georgetown’s lead, 71-59.

Two buckets from Poindexter and Steward hitting two free throws gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game by 18, with 1:49 remaining, 77-59.

A layup by Graham and Diondrey Holt, Jr., and a three point play from Rhyan Townes wouldn’t be enough as Steward netted a layup to finish the game.

Hickerson surpassed his 1,000 career point mark, netting nine points for the Phoenix and Diondrey, Holt Jr., recorded 22. Steward collected 20 points and led four other Georgetown players in double figures.

Holt, Jr., started off the scoring hitting a three pointer but Detwon Rogers responded with a layup. Graham and Holt, Jr., each netted a basket giving CU a three point lead.

Coffey and Burns kept the Tigers within one with a basket from each of them, before Cumberland went on a 9-0 spurt. D Dodd and Will Shelton tallied field goals during the run and Graham’s good jumper put the Phoenix ahead, 16-6 at the 11:56 mark.

Coffey ended Cumberland’s run with two points, followed by a triple from Steward. Two made free throws by Graham extended the squad’s lead, 18-11.

Edson Avila’s two points in the paint pulled Georgetown College within six but another trifecta from Holt, Jr., and a basket from Townes kept the Phoenix ahead by 10.

Trent Gilbert’s three-pointer wouldn’t be enough as Cumberland netted a jump shot by Hickerson and a layup by DeQuan Bond, giving CU their largest lead of the first half by 14, 30-16 with six minutes remaining.

Georgetown College put together a 14-3 run to end the first, sending them into the half trailing by three. Steward’s triple sparked the start of the spurt, as Quan Poindexter netted four points, and Steward recorded a basket, triple and free throw in the final minutes. Holt, Jr., netted a basket with two seconds left to end the half.

Cumberland hosts Shawnee State for their final regular season game on Saturday, February 25 at 4 p.m.