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Late run helps Patriots defeat men’s basketball

Posted on 01 February 2015 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Xavier Owens and Taylor Gover combined for 13 points in the final eight minutes, as 23rd-ranked University of the Cumberlands scored 17 of the final 24 points of the game, breaking open a close game for a 64-52 victory over Cumberland here Saturday in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The contest looked much like the first meeting between the two teams just 16 days ago. A 9-0 run by the Patriots (18-5, 8-2 Mid-South) broke open a one-point game in UC’s 62-50 triumph.

Cumberland stayed within striking distance for most of the second half thanks to 10 points from Josh Wilkerson and seven by Telvin Wilkerson and the aid of three 3-pointers. UC held a 41-33 advantage with 11:51 remaining after two Tony Bradley free throws, but the Bulldogs (7-16, 2-8) put together a 10-4 run highlighted by a 3-point play from Josh Wilkerson and Cameron Prather’s 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to two with 8:44 to play.

Telvin Wilkerson’s 3-point play with 5:59 on the clock made it a four-point game, but the Patriots ended the contest on a 10-4 spurt. Chance Armstrong and Bradley each made layups before a short jumper from Owens pushed the lead to 10 with 1:53 remaining. Gover hit four free throws in the final minute before the exclamation point – an alley-oop to Owens – put the finishing touches on the victory for the visitors.

Cumberland hit just 2-of-8 shots and committed four turnovers in the final eight minutes. The Patriots netted nine points off the four miscues during that stretch, pulling away for the win.

Bradley led all scorers with 21 points and added a team-high eight rebounds for UC while Owens finished with 15 points. Armstrong added a dozen points and four assists and Gover had 10 points.

Josh Wilkerson led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Telvin Wilkerson netted 10. DeMario Frazier collected nine points and nine rebounds as well, but most of that came in the first half.

The teams went back-and-forth in the first half, with CU starting quickly thanks to buckets from Josh Wilkerson, Frazier and Moritz Dern as well as a free throw by Marquel Hickerson for a 7-3 advantage. The Patriots posted eight straight points over the next two minutes, including 3-pointers from Gover and Bradley, taking an 11-7 lead.

An 8-2 spurt midway through the half gave the Bulldogs the lead again, with Frazier tipping in a Josh Wilkerson miss and then completing an old-fashioned 3-point play before a 3-pointer by Telvin Wilkerson put CU ahead, 19-17, with 6:19 left in the period.

Hickerson’s layup tied the game for the fourth time, this one at 23, but the Cumberlands netted the final six points of the half. Armstrong made a layup before one free throw by Owens and then a 3-point play from Bradley in the final minute, putting the Patriots up 29-23 at intermission.

Frazier posted seven points and six boards in the half for Cumberland while Bradley was 4-for-6 from the field with a pair of trifectas for 11 points for UC. Owens added seven points for the visitors.

Cumberland hits the road next week for matchups Thursday at St. Catharine College (7 p.m. CT) and Saturday at Campbellsville University (3 p.m. CT).

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