|October 30, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CUMBERLA||RUST|
|FG Percentage||.462 (30-65)||.400 (22-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.217 (5-23)|
|FT Percentage||.273 (3-11)||.667 (14-21)|
Tyler Byrd - 17
- 3||Keshon Tabb
Isaac Stephens - 3
Christopher Agbo - 3
|October 31, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CU||FISK|
|FG Percentage||.433 (29-67)||.453 (24-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (9-24)||.375 (9-24)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (10-14)||.682 (15-22)|
- 17||AJ Hassell
Tavon King - 6
Team - 6
- 4||Giovonni Jackson
- 3||AJ Hassell
- 2||Marcus Moultrie
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Cumberland men's basketball hangs on to defeat Rust College in the Season Opener 68-63 Saturday afternoon.
Cumberland (1-0) held a 20-point lead with 14 minutes to play in the second half, but Rust came storming back to make it a tight game. The Phoenix shot 46.2% from the field and 27.8% from behind the arc. Cumberland struggled from the free throw line making just three free throws all game.
The Phoenix forced six more turnovers than they had with 13 steals a team. Cumberland recorded 15 assists in their first game of the season.
Tyler Byrd and Jordan Stephens each posted a team-high 17 points in the game. Byrd went 7-of-10 from the field making two three-pointers on the night. Newcomer Jordan Stephens went 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from three in just 22 minutes.
Senior guard Tavon King scored 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He had a team-high three assists in the game. Transfer senior Kelvin Jackson added eight points and three rebounds in 27 minutes. Junior Isaac Stephens led the team in rebounds with eight while scoring two points with three steals.
Ronald Strothers had a team-high 17 points for Rust and Jordan Watkins posted 14. Rust was able to pick up 40 rebounds in the game, three more than Cumberland, but dug themselves a big hole in the first half shooting 26% from the field 16% from three.
Cumberland took a 34-23 lead into halftime. The Phoenix expanded that to get up 20 in the second half, but Rust scored 40 points in the half to make it a closer game than it should have been as CU won 68-63.
The Phoenix will look to start the season off 2-0 as they take on Fisk University tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m.