|November 20, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CUMBERLA||BETHEL (|
|FG Percentage||.464 (32-69)||.449 (22-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (7-21)||.385 (10-26)|
|FT Percentage||.467 (7-15)||.737 (14-19)|
- 20||Drew Thomas
- 10||Jon Brown
- 4||Jamarius Mayberry
- 4||Jarred Walker
- 1||Arafat Shaibu
MCKENZIE, Tenn.--Cumberland men's basketball bounces back with a 78-68 road win over Bethel at Crisp Arena Saturday evening.
Cumberland (4-1, 1-0 MSC) forced the Wildcats into 24 turnovers that translated to 23 points for the Phoenix. Cumberland finished the game making 32-of-69 shots from the field for 46.4%. The Phoenix made 7-of-21 shots from beyond the arc, but still struggled from the charity stripe making 7-of-15 free throws. 44 points for the Phoenix came from inside the paint.
Tavon King had his second straight 20 point game leading the team with 20 points going 6-of-11 from the field with three three-pointers. Tyler Byrd scored 16 points off the bench while adding five boards.
Isaac Stephens scored 14 points, all of them in the first half, with seven rebounds. Point guard TJ Stargell notched 13 points and led the team in assists with four dimes. Nassir Coleman came off the bench for 27 quality minutes scoring six points and leading the team in boards with 10. Coleman also added three dimes.
Bethel (3-1, 1-1 MSC) could not hang on to the ball all game giving the Phoenix ample opportunities to capitalize. The Wildcats took just 49 shots in the game, 20 less than Cumberland, but made 10 three-pointers in the game.
The Wildcats had three players reach double-figures in points led by Drew Thomas with 17. Thomas caught fire from beyond the arc making five of the team's 10 threes. Jon Brown scored 15 points and had a team-high eight rebounds. Jamarius Mayberry added 14 points.
After 10 minutes of back-and-forth action, Cumberland trailed Bethel 27-26 when Stargell buried a three-pointer and Cumberland never gave up the lead again. CU would push the lead out to nine going into halftime, 43-34.
Out of the half, the Phoenix would keep the pedal down and push the lead out to 18, 54-36 with 15:12 to play. In response, Bethel answered with an 11-0 run to bring it to just a seven-point advantage 54-47 with 12:21, but that was as close as Bethel would get as CU would cruise to a 78-68 win.
Cumberland will stay on the road for a non-conference game on Tuesday in Conway, Arkansas against Philander Smith. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.