December 04, 20211st2ndFinal
Shawnee State323466
Cumberland464288
Stats at a GlanceSSUCU
FG Percentage.460 (29-63) .515 (35-68)
3P FG Percentage.063 (1-16) .360 (9-25)
FT Percentage.636 (7-11) .600 (9-15)
Offensive Rebounds148
Defensive Rebounds2823
Total Rebounds4231
Turnovers229
Steals413
Bench Points2529
LeadersSSUCU
PointsMiles Thomas - 13
Donoven Carlisle - 13
Tavon King - 23
ReboundsDonoven Carlisle - 8
Nassir Coleman - 11
AssistsMiles Thomas - 4
Aaron Ridley - 3
StealsJakiel Wells - 2
TJ Stargell - 3
Aaron Ridley - 3
Nassir Coleman - 3
BlocksLatavious Mitchell - 1
Phoenix MBB rout No. 21 Bears 88-66
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Phoenix MBB rout No. 21 Bears 88-66
Tavon King driving to the basket in the win over Shawnee State (Credit: Steve Wampler).

LEBANON, Tenn.--  Cumberland men's basketball (6-2, 2-2 MSC) dominates No. 21 Shawnee State (6-3, 2-2 MSC) by a score of 88-66 at home on Saturday. Tavon King led the Phoenix in scoring with 23 points on the night.

Shawnee State opened the game with a 7-2 run on the Phoenix, and CU rallied back into the game to tie it at 11-11 after free throws from Tyler Byrd.

Byrd gave the Phoenix a 14-11 lead on a deep three with 13:39 to play in the first half. CU never looked back and grew their lead to ten points at 25-15 at the 9:29 mark on a jumper from Jordan Stephens.

Tavon King had quite the first half as he hit four straight three-pointers to give the Phoenix a commanding 43-29 advantage. Cumberland took a 46-32 lead into the break after a tremendous first-half shooting the basketball.

Cumberland had a field goal percentage of 52.9 in the first half compared to Shawnee State's 48.8 percent. The biggest difference in the first was CU's shooting from three as they hit 62 percent of their attempts compared to the 16 percent of Shawnee State. King led the Phoenix with 15 points in the first half, going 4-5 from three.

The Phoenix continued their solid play into the second half as they claimed a 20 point lead over the Bears with a layup from King at the 16:31 mark. Following a Malachi Johnson layup at the 11:13 mark in the second half, Cumberland led Shawnee State 67-49.

The Phoenix continued to keep the door closed on the Bears as they grew the lead 80-54 on a layup from King. The Phoenix high-powered offense kept adding points to the board as they went on to defeat the Bears 88-66.

Cumberland finished the game with a field goal percentage of 51 percent compared to 46 percent from Shawnee State. One of the biggest differences in the game was that the Bears went 1-16 from three-point range, while the Phoenix went 9-25 from three.

Leading the Phoenix in scoring was King who finished the night with 23 points on 9-13 shooting from the field. Four other Cumberland players finished in double-digit scoring, beginning with Tyler Byrd's 13 points, followed by Aaron Ridley's 11 points, TJ Stargell's 11 points, and ten points from Isaac Stephens. 

Nassir Coleman led the Phoenix with 11 rebounds in the game, four of which came on the offensive glass. Ridley led the team in assists with three in 29 minutes of action.

Cumberland takes the court on the road on Thursday, Dec. 9 against Union University at 7:30 p.m.