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Bulldogs rally comes up short

Posted on 23 December 2014 by Allen


Josh Wilkerson led Cumberland in scoring again with 11 points, but the Bulldogs shot a dreadful 28 percent from the field, falling behind early again in a 51-48 loss to Concordia College-Selma on Saturday at the Roadrunner Club Classic in Dalton, Ga.

Cumberland (5-10) hit just 6-of-28 shots (21 percent) in the opening half, including 0-for-4 with three turnovers in the first four minutes before a 3-pointer by Uros Benacek ended the drought at the 15:17 mark, but CU trailed 9-0 before the trifecta.

The Hornets extended their advantage to as many as 15 points in the first period, with Tedarius Neely and Dennis Miles each scoring seven points and Deshario Gates adding seven. The Bulldogs committed seven turnovers in the opening half, which CCAL turned into 10 points as well.

Neely’s bucket with 3:08 left in the half put the Hornets ahead, 30-15, but an old-fashioned 3-point play from DeQuan Bond and two free throws by Alex Flagler cut the deficit to 11 at the break.

Concordia quickly extended the advantage back to 15 in the second half behind two foul shots and a bucket from Dennis Miles, but CU answered with a 21-4 spurt to take its first lead of the contest.

Marquel Hickerson netted three straight field goals and Wilkerson hit a pair of 3-pointers during the stretch. DeMario Frazier’s three free throws tied the game at 37 and Wilkerson’s bucket with 7:59 to play gave Cumberland a 41-39 edge, but the Bulldogs made just one more field goal the rest of the game.

CU committed three turnovers in the next two minutes, opening the door for the Hornets, with Miles tying the game at 41 and putting CCAL ahead for good with a bucket at the 4:09 mark. Guy Barnes had an old-fashioned 3-point play to push the lead to five before Wilkerson’s third 3-pointer of the game made it 46-44 with 3:02 remaining.

Miles’ field goal with 1:31 to play put the Hornets ahead by four and the Bulldogs never pulled close than three the rest of the way. Cumberland made just 1-of-9 shots in the final eight minutes.

Frazier finished with seven points and five rebounds while Hickerson scored six points. Benacek added five points and five boards off the bench and Flagler and Cameron Prather each scored five points as well.

Cumberland does not play again for two weeks, heading to Indiana University-Southeast on January 3 for a 3 p.m. contest.

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