|January 29, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FREED-HA||CUMBERLA|
|FG Percentage||.417 (20-48)||.548 (34-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.391 (9-23)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (10-14)||.600 (3-5)|
- 11||Tavon King
- 4||Isaac Stephens
- 5||TJ Stargell
- 2||Kelvin Jackson
Aaron Ridley - 3
Jon Moore - 1
Tyler Byrd - 1
LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland's defensive efforts led to a big home win, 80-57, over Freed-Hardeman at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena Saturday afternoon.
Cumberland (14-5, 9-5 MSC) had it all working shooting 54.8% from the field burying nine three-pointers. The Phoenix outrebounded the Lions 36-23 including 10 offensive boards for 13 points. The Phoenix dominated the paint scoring 46 points in the lane. CU posted 18 assists their second-most in a game this season.
Tavon King had another 20 point game leading all scorers with 21 on 8-of-11 shooting with four triples. Isaac Stephens went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field for 20 points and added eight rebounds and three assists.
TJ Stargell is closing in on the all-time assists record picking up five more assists in tonight's game to go along with 12 points. Nassir Coleman scored eight with six rebounds and Aaron Ridley scored six on two threes.
Tyler Byrd scored seven points and added six rebounds off the bench in 25 minutes of action and Kelvin Jackson scored six points with four rebounds and three assists.
Freed-Hardeman (12-9, 7-7 MSC) had their leading point scorer Kortland Martin shutdown by the Phoenix's tenacious defense. Martin came into the game as the second leading point scorer in the Mid-South Conference averaging 21.7 per game. Cumberland shut Martin down and held him to just two points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Ryley McClaren led the Lions in points with 11 and Hunter Scurlock scored 10 for the only two Lions in double-figures.
The Phoenix jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a two from Stephens on the opening possession and a triple from Stargell, but Freed-Hardeman answered with an 11-0 run. The Lions kept a six-point lead to 15-9 before Stephens made another tough two and King scored on a jumper and drained a three to go ahead.
The Lions would regain the lead and push it out to five at 22-17 before a huge 19-2 run gave Cumberland a 36-24 lead with 3:18 to play in the first half. CU would push it out to 41-27 at half.
Cumberland would keep the pressure up and pushed the lead out to as much as 31 before calling off the dogs in the final four minutes. The Phoenix would cruise to the finish line defeating Freed-Hardeman 80-57 snapping a three-game losing skid against the Lions.
Cumberland will be back in action in a big road game next Thursday at No. 13 Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. central time.