November 20, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland2020162682
Bethel (TN)2113301579
Stats at a GlanceCUMBERLABETHEL (
FG Percentage.422 (27-64) .400 (28-70)
3P FG Percentage.429 (9-21) .364 (12-33)
FT Percentage.792 (19-24) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds3022
Total Rebounds3729
Turnovers118
Steals44
Bench Points3625
LeadersCUMBERLABETHEL (
PointsLindsey Freeman - 17
Keely Morrow - 23
ReboundsTierra Davis - 10
Keely Morrow - 10
AssistsTierra Davis - 3
Mickey Head - 5
StealsAbby Morgan - 2
Keely Morrow - 1
Ryann Roberts - 1
Millie Bryant - 1
Kalynn Howard - 1
BlocksTierra Davis - 2
Keely Morrow - 1
Phoenix Rally in Fourth for Comeback win at Bethel
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Phoenix Rally in Fourth for Comeback win at Bethel
Devon Burns came off the bench for 11 points in the road win over Bethel. (Credit: Kyle Allen)

MCKENZIE, Tenn.--Phoenix trailed by eight entering the fourth quarter, but rallied back to get the comeback victory in Crisp Arena over Bethel 82-79. Jana Claire Swafford hit a wide-open layup on an inbound play with nine seconds to get the lead and Tyra Johnson knocked down two free throws to seal with a second remaining.

Cumberland (4-3, 1-1 MSC) would not go away after a huge third quarter by the Wildcats posting 30 points and a 23-6 run over the period. Cumberland shot well from the field making 27-of-64 shots for 42.2% and knocked down 9-of-21 triples. CU went 19-of-24 from the charity stripe. 

The Phoenix had five players in double-figures led by Lindsey Freeman with 17 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep. Tyra Johnson scored added 15 on 3-of-11 shooting. She knocked down 6-of-7 free throws and iced the game in the closing seconds. 

Tierra Davis posted her second double-double of the season scoring 12 points and posted a game-high 10 rebounds. Swafford and Devon Burns each had big games coming off the bench as Swafford scored 14 points in 20 minutes and Burns added 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting and 5-of-6 from the field.

Bethel (4-2, 1-1 MSC) rarely loses in Crisp Arena but cooled off in the fourth as the Phoenix climbed back in the game. The Wildcats made 28-of-70 shots for and jacked up 33 three-pointers making 12.

The Phoenix outrebounded Bethel 37-29 and CU held the Wildcats to just 13 points off of 14 Cumberland turnovers. 

Keely Morrow scored a career-high 23 points off the bench for Bethel. Ryann Roberts scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Millie Bryant added 14 points and Mickey Head scored 12. 

Johnson scored nine of Cumberland's first 11 points to help CU on a 9-0 run early to lead 11-8 at the halfway mark in the first. Back and forth action gave the Wildcats a one point-lead after 10 minutes, 21-20. 

Wildcats would go on a 11-6 run over the next five minutes making two three-pointers to lead 31-26, but Cumberland would respond with a 14-3 run to lead at the half 40-34. 

Out of the break, Cumberland would extend the lead to nine, but the Wildcats used a huge 23-2 on their way to a 30 point quarter. Despite the big run, CU trailed by just eight heading into the fourth. 

Still holding an eight-point advantage with 7:18 to play, Burns knocked down two free throws, Breon Oldham made a layup and Freeman hit a jumper to cut it to 69-67.

After a Bethel bucket, Davis hit an and-one to make it a one-point game with 4:58 to play. The Wildcats would extend the lead back out to five with 2:18 to play, but Johnson buried a three from the wing and Burns hit two free throws to tie it at 77-77.

Cumberland took a one-point lead on a free throw from Davis, but Morrow made a layup to give Bethel a 79-78 lead with 12 seconds to play.

After a timeout, Cumberland drew up a nice in-bound play to find Swafford for a wide-open layup to lead 80-79 with nine seconds to go. Cumberland made a big stop forcing Bethel into a long three-pointer and iced the game with free throws from Johnson to win 82-79. 

Cumberland will have their home opener on Tuesday against Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.