February 07, 20221st2ndFinal
Lindsey Wilson263258
Cumberland303565
Stats at a GlanceLWCCU
FG Percentage.420 (21-50) .434 (23-53)
3P FG Percentage.368 (7-19) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage.600 (9-15) .650 (13-20)
Offensive Rebounds128
Defensive Rebounds2622
Total Rebounds3830
Turnovers157
Steals210
Bench Points3917
LeadersLWCCU
PointsPayton Cundiff - 21
Tavon King - 20
ReboundsLucas Ribeiro - 6
Isaac Stephens - 9
AssistsCalvin Fugett - 5
TJ Stargell - 4
StealsCalvin Fugett - 2
Tavon King - 4
BlocksPayton Cundiff - 1
King's 20 points pushes Cumberland past Lindsey Wilson
Monday, February 7, 2022
King's 20 points pushes Cumberland past Lindsey Wilson
Tavon King scored 20 points to lead Cumberland past Lindsey Wilson. (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.--Lindsey Wilson made it interesting with a 17-4 run to bring it to a one possession game with 2:27 left, but the Cumberland defense stepped up down the stretch to hold on to win 65-58 in front of a packed house at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena Monday evening. 

Cumberland (16-6, 11-6 MSC) jumped out to a fast start, but uncharacteristic turnovers early going slowed the offensive push. Cumberland connected on 25-of-53 shots and made six three pointers. CU made 13-of-20 free throws and three in the last 20 seconds of the game to seal it. 

Tavon King scored 20 points, nine came from the free throw line. Tyler Byrd came off the bench and exploded for 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Nassir Coleman scored 11 points with eight rebounds and Isaac Stephens scored seven with a game high nine boards

Lindsey Wilson (11-15, 4-14 MSC) pushed the tempo at the end of the game, but ran out of offense for CU to get the win. Lindsey Wilson outrebounded Cumberland 38-30 and had 12 offensive rebounds, but the Cumberland defense held them to just six second chance points.

Payton Cundiff scored 21 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Cundiff drilled five three pointers. Calvin Fugett scored 11 points with five rebounds and five assists and Johrdon Mumford scored 11 points off the bench. 

On the opening possession, Cumberland set the tone with a massive alley-oop to Nassir Coleman. Fugett Drained back-to-back threes and King answered with two of his own with a Coleman three in-between for a 7-0 run and a 9-6 lead early. 

A three from Payton Cundiff, knotted it at 9-9 before Cumberland went on a 6-0 run led by an oop to Tyler Byrd. Both teams were stuck at 15-9 until the 10-minute mark. Fugett ended the drought with a two for the Blue Raiders. 

The Phoenix went up 19-13 before back-to-back threes by Cundiff tied it at 19-19. The game stayed tied until 26-26 when King brought the house down with a fastbreak dunk and Stargell picked Fugett's pocket and layed up just before the horn for a 30-26 lead at the break. 

Lindsey Wilson quickly went up 32-30, but Cumberland exploded for a 12-0 run sparked by a tip-in by Coleman and a steal into transition three for King. A steal by Coleman led to a fastbreak jam by Coleman and sparked a technical foul called on Lindsey Wilson head coach Chris Starks. King knocked down two from the line and Stargell buried a transition three for the run. 

After a 4-1 spurt by the Blue Raiders, Byrd stepped into the show with taking a steal the other direction for a fastbreak dunk for Kelvin Jackson. Byrd then scored the next seven points with two emphatic dunks and a three ball to put Cumberland up 16, 52-36 with 12:48 left. 

The Phoenix pushed that lead out to 60-48 with 6:17 left in the game when the Cumberland offense sputtered down the stretch. CU scored just five more points the rest of the game while Lindsey fought back to make it close, but could not overcome  the large deficit Cumberland built.

CU will be back in action on the road this upcoming Thursday at the University of the Cumberlands. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. central time.