February 20, 20211st2ndFinal
Life University223153
Cumberland University313869
Stats at a GlanceLIFECU
FG Percentage.340 (18-53) .440 (22-50)
3P FG Percentage.222 (4-18) .393 (11-28)
FT Percentage.867 (13-15) .583 (14-24)
Offensive Rebounds158
Defensive Rebounds2722
Total Rebounds4230
Turnovers2414
Steals412
Bench Points2128
LeadersLIFECU
PointsCam Horton - 11
Tavon King - 19
ReboundsTrey Kelly - 6
TEAM - 6
Isaac Stephens - 13
AssistsIsaiah Hart - 3
TJ Stargell - 6
StealsDanny Lewis - 1
James Moore - 1
Jordan Hernandez - 1
Nathan Presnell - 1
Tavon King - 3
Chad Foster - 3
BlocksJames Moore - 1
Chad Foster - 1
Tyler Byrd - 1
Phoenix Men's Basketball cruise to 69-53 win over Life
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Phoenix Men's Basketball cruise to 69-53 win over Life
Senior Day festivities for Chad Foster and Tavon King pregame (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- The Cumberland Phoenix Men's Basketball team (9-12, 8-11 MSC) tops the Life Running Eagles (9-10, 5-10) 69-53 on Senior Day.

The Phoenix jumped out to a big lead to start the game by getting to the line early. Tavon King and Aaron Ridley hit both of their free throws to give Cumberland a 4-0 lead over Life. The offense didn't stop there as Tavon King followed a nice driving layup with a three-pointer to put the Phoenix up 9-0 early. 

The Phoenix continued their hot shooting early with a pair of big threes from Tyler Byrd gave them a 17-5 lead over the Running Eagles. Tavon King then hit a deep shot from beyond the arc to bring the score to 20-5. The Senior had 13 points in the first half.

The Cumberland offense slowed down a bit, allowing Life to creep back into the game at 22-14. Jaylen Negron stopped the Phoenix scoring drought with a big three-pointer. Tavon King chipped in with one of his own to give the Phoenix a 29-19 lead. Tyler Byrd got to the line and hit both of his free throws to expand the Phoenix lead to 31-22 heading into the half.

The Phoenix shot around 35 percent from three and the field in the first half compared to the Running Eagles that shot 28 and 30 percent from both, respectively. Cumberland had four fewer turnovers at half than Life. Tavon King had a team-high 13 points in the first half for the Phoenix.

The Second Half went much like the first, with a deep three from Tyler Byrd to set the tone. Isaac Stephens came in with a monstrous dunk shortly following to give the Phoenix 36-24 lead. TJ Stargell took the game in his own hands from the point. The junior guard scored eight points in just over a minute to give the Phoenix a commanding 47-34 lead.

The Running Eagles cut the Phoenix lead to 11 at the ten-minute mark. King and Stargell put an end to that with buckets on two straight possessions to expand the lead 56-42. The Cumberland offense never slowed down en-route to a 69-51 victory over Life.

As a team, the Cumberland men shot 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point land. The Phoenix defense held the Running Eagles to 34 percent shooting from the field and 22 percent from three. Life out-rebounded Cumberland 42-30 but turned the ball over 12 times more than the Phoenix.

Individually for the Cumberland Phoenix, Tavon King led the way on Senior day with 19 points. The senior guard shot 6-12 from the field and grabbed three boards and three steals. TJ Stargell had an impressive outing with 16 points and six assists. Also in double figures for the team was Tyler Byrd with 13 points and Jaylen Negron with 12. Isaac Stephens had a big game on the glass for the Phoenix with 13 rebounds.

Cumberland will next take the floor in a play-in game for the Mid-South Conference Tournament on Feb. 23 at home. The tournament bracket is releasing at a later time.