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Cumberland (Tenn.)292554
Shawnee State (Ohio)473582
Stats at a GlanceCUSSU
FG Percentage.275 (19-69) .477 (31-65)
3P FG Percentage.233 (7-30) .345 (10-29)
FT Percentage.563 (9-16) .714 (10-14)
Offensive Rebounds811
Defensive Rebounds1943
Total Rebounds2754
Turnovers919
Steals93
Bench Points1333
LeadersCUSSU
PointsAaron Ridley - 15
James Jones - 15
ReboundsIsaac Stephens - 8
Miles Thomas - 10
AssistsTJ Stargell - 3
Jaylen Negron - 3
James Jones - 5
Donovan Carlisle - 5
StealsTJ Stargell - 2
Tavon King - 2
Isaac Stephens - 2
Amier Gilmore - 1
James Jones - 1
Miles Thomas - 1
BlocksTyler Byrd - 1
EJ Onu - 5
Ridley, Byrd score double-figures in loss to No. 7 Shawnee State
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ridley, Byrd score double-figures in loss to No. 7 Shawnee State
Nassir Coleman scored five points off the bench for the Phoenix. (Credit: Bob Tamboli)

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio--After a huge win on Thursday over Thomas More, Cumberland's offense sputered against the second-ranked defensive field-goal percentage and seventh-ranked in the NAIA Shawnee State, falling 82-54.

Cumberland (6-7, 5-6 MSC) was held to 27.5% from the field, a team-worst all season long, while shooting 23.3% from three and just 56.3% from the free throw line. Cumberland was able to force 19 turnovers, but could not capitalize on their opportunities.

Aaron Ridley posted 15 points, but also struggled from the field shooting 4-of-13 and Tyler Byrd added 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

Tavon King fell under the double-digit mark for just the third time all season scoring four points on 2-of-12 shooting and 0-of-5 from the field. TJ Stargell as well struggled from the field going 0-of-5 in the loss.

Issac Stephens added eight points going 4-of-6 from the field with eight rebounds. MyTrevious Vaughn scored five points off the bench. Nassir Coleman and Jaylen Negron each posted four points.

Shawnee State (16-2, 12-1) avenged their only loss in the conference thus far that the Phoenix handed to them on December 3rd. The Bears came ready to go in this with some additional firepower in additions after the break. 

The Bears shot 47.7% from the field and nailed 11 three-pointers in the game. Offensively they were lead by James Jones with 15 points and EJ Onu with 13. Onu also added five blocks on the defensive end and was a big part in the Phoenix struggles to shoot forcing CU to take outside jumpers.

A big part of Cumberland's game this year has been getting to the free throw line and knocking down their free throws, but Onu's interior presence forced CU into some tough and deep three-pointers.

Miles Thomas scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench for the Bears and forward Amier Gilmore added 11 points and seven boards. Shawnee State dominated the glass with 54 rebounds to Cumberland's 27 including 18 second-chance points.

Cumberland will be back in action on Monday when they head to Life University at 5 p.m. This will be the fourth of five games the Phoenix will play on the road.