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Cumberland Men’s hoops season ends at MSC Tourney

Cumberland Men’s hoops season ends at MSC Tourney

Posted on 07 March 2015 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Jarrod Gaston scored 13 points and Paul Williams added 12 while Cumberland cut a 15-point second-half deficit to four with three minutes to play, but Shawnee State ended both halves with 7-0 runs in a 70-59 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Championships in Frankfort, Ky.

The season ends for Cumberland (9-21) with the loss in the play-in game of the conference tournament while the Bears (11-18) advance to take on top-seeded University of Pikeville on Friday.

The Bulldogs play poorly at the end of both halves, with SSU taking advantage for a 36-29 lead at the break. The Bears extended the advantage to 56-41 with a 12-0 run midway through the second half led by four points from Jacob Daniels and a 3-pointer by Ethan Moffatt, who finished with a game-high 14 points. Three free throws by J. Murrell with 10:41 to play gave Shawnee State its biggest lead of the contest.

Gaston scored eight straight points for the Bulldogs from there with a pair of trifectas, but Moffatt answered with his own three and Frederick Moore sank two free throws for the Bears, who were 18-for-25 at the foul line.

Two foul shots by DeQuan Bond and Cameron Prather cut the deficit to six before a basket by Gaston and two free throws from Williams made it 63-59 with 3:17 remaining, but those would be the final points of the game for Cumberland, who missed five shots and two free throws and committed one turnover in the last three minutes.

Moffatt made two foul shots for SSU on its next possession and Sean Elliott’s 3-pointer from the corner with 1:44 to play all but sealed the win for the Bears. Elliott’s trifecta came after Gaston missed two free throws in the double bonus for CU.

Williams was 8-for-11 at the foul line for most of his points while Gaston finished 5-of-13 shooting. The Bulldogs were just 5-for-18 from behind the arc while Shawnee State connected on 6-of-11 from 3-point range in the contest and shot 51 percent overall, helping SSU overcome 19 turnovers.

Jorian Hudson netted 13 points and Moore added 12 off the bench for the Bears.

Tylor Owens, Williams and Bond all made field goals in the first two minutes of the contest for Cumberland, which jumped ahead 6-1 in the early going. Williams netted four more foul shots and Josh Wilkerson’s only two points of the game, two free throws at the 13:32 mark of the opening half, helped the Bulldogs to a 16-10 advantage.

A 3-pointer by Owens stretched the CU lead to seven at the 12-minute mark, but the Bears scored 24 of the last 34 points of the half.

Moore and Nick Gouch posted eight of SSU’s 10 points in a 10-0 spurt for the Bears’ first lead of the game, but Cameron Prather’s 3-pointer from the corner tied the contest at 24 with 6:12 left in the period.

Williams added a field goal and Gaston made 1-of-2 foul shots with 3:13 remaining in the half to knot the game again, this time at 29, but Moffatt and Moore both had field goals and Devon Carter made a 3-pointer in the final two minutes for a 36-29 Shawnee State advantage at intermission.

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Cumberland falls in OT

Cumberland falls in OT

Posted on 14 February 2015 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Cumberland’s Marquel Hickerson forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining, but ninth-ranked Georgetown College overcame a 14-point second-half deficit and Corey Washburn hit a pair of jumpers in overtime to help the Tigers claim a 91-87 victory over the Bulldogs here Saturday in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (9-18, 4-10) hit 7-of-12 from behind the arc and 57 percent overall from the field in the first half, taking a 47-39 lead at the break. The Bulldogs increased the advantage to 62-48 on a Josh Wilkerson trifecta with 15:14 remaining, but Georgetown (22-4, 9-3) slowly cut into the deficit, finally knotting the score at 78 with just over a minute to play.

Deondre McWhorter scored 15 points over the final 15 minutes, including three straight to tie the game. The Tigers were also 11-for-16 at the foul line during that stretch, including 8-of-8 over three minutes in the middle of the period.

Trailing by 14, Georgetown put together a 13-3 stretch to cut the deficit to four, with Mike Walker scoring one field goal and hitting two free throws and McWhorter adding seven points. Paul Williams’ drive to the basket plus the foul and a jumper by Uros Benacek pushed the lead back the nine for CU, but six consecutive foul shots by the Tigers made it a 3-point game with 7:46 remaining.

Josh Wilkerson’s 3-pointer from the corner extended the advantage back to six, but that’s when McWhorter took over with a dunk and three baskets with a Noah Cottrill 3-pointer in-between. McWhorter made 1-of-2 free throws and Cottrill added two more at the charity stripe for an 81-78 edge for Georgetown, but Hickerson’s fourth 3-pointer of the game with 2.9 seconds left sent the contest into overtime.

McWhorter’s putback dunk, a layup by Domonique Bull and Washburn’s first 15-footer gave the Tigers an 87-82 advantage in the extra period, but again the Bulldogs battled back. Williams made a driving layup before Benacek’s 3-pointer from the corner tied the game at 87 with 1:52 remaining.

Washburn’s second jumper put Georgetown back ahead for good and Bull and Cottrill each made 1-of-2 foul shots, Cottrill’s with 3.2 seconds remaining that iced the win for Georgetown. The Bulldogs missed a pair of 3-pointer and McWhorter blocked a layup in the final 90 seconds.

Cottrill led all scorers with 30 points, hitting 5-of-8 from behind the arc and 11-of-12 at the foul line. McWhorter finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and three assists, while Mike Walker added 12 points off the bench.

Hickerson and Josh Wilkerson each netted 17 for Cumberland, combining to make 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Telvin Wilkerson netted 14 points and Williams had 11 points and six boards, also off the bench.

The Bulldogs started quickly with a layup by DeMario Frazier and two 3-pointers by Hickerson for an 8-0 advantage just over two minutes into the contest. Jumpers from Frazier and Hickerson and a layup by Telvin Wilkerson pushed CU ahead, 17-7, with 14:25 left in the opening period.

Telvin Wilkerson added a bucket and the foul at the 12:34 mark, then two free throws and another short jumper off the glass for a 25-14 lead. Layups by Josh Wilkerson and Hickerson kept the advantage at double figures and Hickerson’s third trifecta of the half gave Cumberland a 36-22 lead at the 5:57 mark.

Cottrill answered with his own 3-pointer and two free throws by McWhorter and a layup by EJ Sandoval cut the deficit to seven, but Cameron Prather answered for CU with another three. Five foul shots by Cottrill in consecutive possessions made it a five-point game with 1:31 left in the half, but Josh Wilkerson nailed a 3-pointer in the corner just before intermission.

Hickerson and Telvin Wilkerson combined for 23 points in the period while Cottrill netted 17 for the Tigers.

Cumberland travels to Life University next Thursday before finishing the regular season at home versus Lindsey Wilson on February 26.

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Tigers run away in second half, 70-50


Tigers run away in second half, 70-50

Posted on 07 February 2015 by Allen


Uros Benacek scored a career-best 15 points, but sixth-ranked Campbellsville University used a 16-2 run to start the second half and D’Von Campbell netted 26 points, 21 in the second half, and ran away from Cumberland, 70-50, in men’s basketball action here Saturday at the Powell Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs (8-17, 3-9 Mid-South) led by three at the half after scoring after a 19-8 run to end the period. Benacek hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the opening 20 minutes, but the Tigers outscored the visitors, 46-23, after the break, with Campbell doing the bulk of the damage.

Cumberland netted just two field goals in the first seven minutes of the second half, both from Telvin Wilkerson, who finished with 11 points and was the only other Bulldog in double figures. Campbell hit a 3-pointer and Damontre Harris added a 3-point play for the Tigers before a tip-in by Elliott Young gave the home team a 36-29 advantage.

Harris’ turn-around in the lane made it 40-29 Campbellsville, starting a 19-point stretch where Harris and Campbell posted all of the points. Campbell registered 13 points during the stretch and added eight rebounds and five assists.

Young added two more trifectas with the Bulldogs trailing by just nine with just under five minutes to play and Harris’ 3-point play with 3:17 remaining all but sealed the victory for the Tigers.

Harris posted 14 points and 10 boards and Young his four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.

Young nailed 3-pointers for the first buckets of the game and a quick 6-0 Tigers lead, but a long jumper from Telvin Wilkerson and the first trifecta of the half for Benacek cut the deficit 7-6 five minutes into the contest.

Buckets from Rob Robinson and Eric Gaines as well as a 3-point play by Campbell put Campbellsville ahead, 14-6, and the Bulldogs still trailed by eight after two free throws from Campbell. Two driving layups by Josh Wilkerson cut the deficit to four and Telvin Wilkerson added a runner before Benacek netted eight straight points for CU.

The sophomore hit his second 3-pointer of the period as well as a long jumper from near the corner and then a putback. He connected on 1-of-2 free throws, tying the game at 22. Marquel Hickerson’s short jumper knotted the score at 24 and the sophomore made three foul shots in the final 39.0 seconds, giving CU a 27-24 edge at intermission.

Benacek finished with 11 points in the half on 3-of-6 shooting while Josh Wilkerson posted six points and Hickerson and Telvin Wilkerson each had five.

Cumberland returns home next week for contests against Shawnee State on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Georgetown College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The athletic department will be accepting donations for laundry supplies for the Next Step Resource Center in Lebanon on Thursday and Saturday is Senior Day for the Bulldogs.

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Late run helps Patriots defeat men’s basketball

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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Bulldogs fall on the road, 67-59

Bulldogs fall on the road, 67-59

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Telvin Wilkerson netted a team-high 12 points and Alex Flagler and Paul Williams added 11 apiece, but Cumberland fell behind by 17 points in the first half and never recovered, dropping a 67-59 decision at sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman on Monday in Henderson, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (6-11) made just 2-of-14 with shots from the field and committed six turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the contest, allowing the Lions (14-2) to jump out to a 24-7 advantage. Ben Meis scored eight of the first 10 points of the game for FHU and his third 3-pointer of the half preceded a layup from Cameron Lewis that gave the home team the 17-point advantage with 8:57 left in the opening period.

Cumberland answered with a 13-3 spurt included a tip-in from DeQuan Bond, two free throws and two jumpers by Williams and a layup plus the foul from Alex Flagler. Cameron Prather’s two foul shots with 4:32 left in the half cut the deficit to 27-20, but the Lions increased the lead back to 14 in the closing minutes and led 34-22 at intermission.

The Bulldogs shot just 27 percent from the field in the period compared to 50 percent for FHU, which also made 5-of-12 from behind the arc. CU committed 10 turnovers as well, which turned into 12 points for Freed-Hardeman.

FHU upped its advantage to 43-27 with a pair of 3-pointers from Evan Forhetz in the first five minutes of the second half. Cumberland shaved points off the deficit throughout the period, including a 3-pointer from Wilkerson that made it 49-40 at the midway point.

The Bulldogs trailed by 13 with just under four minutes to play before layups from Bond and Williams and a 3-pointer by Flagler made it 59-53 with 2:16 to play, the closest CU had been since 8-3.

Wilkerson’s 3-pointer and 15-footer for Cumberland within five, the second one with 1:13 remaining, but the comeback ran out of time.
Williams led the Bulldogs with six rebounds and Flagler added four boards and four assists.

Lewis scored a game-high 17 points for the Lions, with Forhetz posting 14 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Meis registering 11 points.

Cumberland gets back into Mid-South Conference action Thursday at 25th-ranked University of the Cumberlands and Saturday at the University of Pikeville.

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Wilkerson scores 17, Flagler 16 in 69-53 win

Wilkerson scores 17, Flagler 16 in 69-53 win

Posted on 04 January 2015 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Josh Wilkerson netted five of his game-high 17 points during a 10-1 run in the second half and Alex Flagler made two 3-pointers and finished with 16 points in Cumberland’s 69-53 victory over Indiana University-Southeast on Saturday in New Albany, Ind., ending a five-game losing streak for the Bulldogs.

Wilkerson made a field goal and then a 3-pointer and Paul Williams added four points during the run, which game CU (6-10) a 46-34 advantage with 11:05 remaining. The Grenadiers (3-9) answered with a 7-0 spurt to pull within five, but DeQuan Bond’s bucket ended the spurt and Flagler nailed a 3-pointer the next time down the court, stretching the lead back to 10 for Cumberland.

The Bulldogs still led by eight with 5:43 remaining before ending the contest on a 12-4 run, with Wilkerson scoring four points and DeMario Frazier adding an old-fashioned 3-point play.

Williams recorded 10 points and six rebounds and Flagler posted five steals and three assists in the win for CU.

Parker Henes led IUS with 15 points and Jake Simpson finished with 14, but the Grenadiers shot just 31 percent from the field, including 2-for-19 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs started the game quickly, taking an 11-4 advantage seven minutes into the contest behind four points from Flagler and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Uros Benacek. CU extended the lead to nine on Flagler’s trifecta with 6:24 left in the half and led 21-12 after Williams’ bucket just a minute later.

IUS put together a 13-2 spurt before the end of the period to take its first lead of the contest, with Joe Jackson netting four points and Kayman Garrett adding five with a 3-pointer. Wilkerson hit two free throws to tie the game at 25 and Moritz Dern hit two more with 50 seconds to play before the break to give CU a 27-25 edge at intermission.

Cumberland plays again January 12 at Freed-Hardeman before returning to Mid-South Conference action Jan. 15 at the University of the Cumberlands and Jan. 17 at the University of Pikeville.

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Bulldogs rally comes up short

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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Cumberland falls to Dalton State

Cumberland falls to Dalton State

Posted on 21 December 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Cumberland battled back from a 16-0 deficit to start the game but the Bulldogs shot just 30 percent in the contest, dropping a 53-47 decision to 13th-ranked Dalton State in the Roadrunner Club Classic on Friday night in Dalton, Ga.

Josh Wilkerson was the only player in double figures for the Bulldogs (5-9), hitting three of the club’s four attempts (4-for-20) from 3-point range, all in the first half. Dalton State (10-1) shot exactly 30 percent from the field just like CU and made just 1-of-20 from behind the arc as well.

The Roadrunners scored the first 16 points of the game and led 18-2 on a bucket by Jordan Bowling with 9:43 to play in the opening half. Cumberland missed its first nine shots and committed seven turnovers before Marquel Hickerson’s field goal with 11:14 remaining in the period.

The Bulldogs cut into the deficit with a 13-4 spurt started on Hickerson’s basket and he added a 3-pointer before a bucket from DeMario Frazier. Consecutive trifectas by Wilkerson made it 20-13 Dalton State with 7:04 left before intermission.

CU ended the half on a 9-3 run as well, with DeQuan Bond scoring all six of his points in the game in the final 3:02 of the period and Wilkerson adding his third 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to 26-23 at the break.

Dalton State never relinquished the lead in the game, but Hickerson’s bucket at the 15:17 mark pulled CU within 32-30 and Jarrod Gaston’s field goal with 11:17 remaining made it a one-point game. The Roadrunners responded with an 11-1 spurt over the next five minutes, essentially putting the game away.

Bowling answered Gaston’s basket with a 3-pointer and he added two more field goals before the final four points of the run were scored by Sean Tate and Ladaris Green, giving DSC a 46-35 advantage with 6:37 remaining.

Cumberland came right back, netting the next six points, with field goals from Wilkerson and Moritz Dern and free throws by Frazier and Gaston, cutting the deficit to five with 2:56 left, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get the rest of the way.

Hickerson finished with nine points and Frazier led the club with six rebounds.

Bowling paced the Roadrunners with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Green grabbed 15 boards while Tate finished with 12 points.

Cumberland plays Concordia University-Selma at 1 p.m. Saturday to finish the tournament.

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Cumberland falls to Martin Methodist

Cumberland falls to Martin Methodist

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Josh Wilkerson scored 12 points but Cumberland shot just 35 percent from the field and was only 12-of-23 at the foul line, dropping another close game, this time 59-52 to eighth-ranked Martin Methodist on Wednesday night in Pulaski, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (5-8) lost for the third time by seven points or less in the last three weeks with two of those defeats to the RedHawks (10-1), who won 66-64 at Cumberland on November 24. The contest featured 15 turnovers by each team.

Wilkerson was the only CU player in double figures, with DeMario Frazier, DeQuan Bond and Jerrod Gaston each netting eight points and Moritz Dern adding six points and 10 rebounds.

MMC took a 17-11 advantage midway through the first half thanks to five points from Josh Watson and four apiece by Reginald Porter and Jamaal Ahmad. Consecutive 3-pointers from Wilkerson and Dern knotted the game at 17 and a 9-0 spurt shortly thereafter put the Bulldogs ahead, 27-20, with just over four minutes left in the period.

Telvin Wilkerson had a bucket and then a 3-pointer before field goals by Gaston and Marquel Hickerson during the run for CU. Unfortunately Cumberland did not score the rest of the half and the RedHawks netted the final seven points of the half, the final two with four seconds remaining by Darius Forrest, knotting the game at 27.

Martin Methodist hit four consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half as part of a 12-2 spurt over the first four minutes. CU missed a pair of shots and committed two turnovers during the stretch, with MMC taking a 39-29 advantage.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to six with a basket by Gaston and one free throw from Frazier and Hickerson. The lead went back to 10 before CU scored seven straight points midway through the second half with field goals from Josh Wilkerson and Gaston and a 3-pointer by Bond, making it 45-42 with 9:54 remaining.

Bond’s old-fashioned 3-point play with 7:46 to play pulled CU within three again, but that was as close at Cumberland would get.

Woods led four RedHawks players in double-digits with 14 points, while Burney scored 11 and Watson and Porter each finished with 10.

Cumberland plays in the Roadrunner Booster Club Classic in Dalton, Ga., this weekend, taking on 13th-ranked Dalton State College on Friday at 7 p.m . Central Time and Concordia University-Selma on Saturday at 1 p.m. before taking a break for Christmas.

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Bulldogs fall at the buzzer

Bulldogs fall at the buzzer

Posted on 14 December 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Marquel Hickerson netted 16 points, leading four players in double figures, but Caleb Hardy hit a short jumper under the basket just before the buzzer, giving Bethel University a 65-63 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action Saturday in McKenzie, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (5-7) led by as many as 13 points in the first half and took a 32-29 advantage to intermission. The second half featured five ties and nine lead changes, the final one on Hardy’s basket in the last second of the contest.

Josh Wilkerson posted 13 points and DeMario Frazier and Telvin Wilkerson each netted 11 for Cumberland, who shot 46 percent from the field in the contest, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range, and committed only 10 turnovers.

Uros Benacek hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 12-2 Bulldog spurt during the first half. Josh Wilkerson’s field goal ended the run, giving CU a 21-8 advantage with 9:54 remaining in the period.

Cumberland maintained a double-digit lead until Bethel’s Mark Vaughn made two foul shots with 3:49 left in the half. Krys Renfrow hit consecutive trifectas for the Wildcats and Hardy’s bucket at the 2:21 mark cut the Bulldog lead to 27-26.

Jerrod Gaston made two free throws with 1:12 remaining before the break before a 3-pointer by Telvin Wilkerson pushed the advantage back to five, but Jonathan Williams got an offensive rebound and putback just before the halftime buzzer for the home team.

The lead went back-and-forth in the first five minutes of the second half before a basket and then two free throws by Hickerson gave CU a 39-35 advantage. Hardy’s two foul shots and then a 3-pointer from Justin Williamson made it a one-point edge for Bethel.

Telvin Wilkerson’s 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs the lead again and another trifecta by the junior made it 54-48, Cumberland’s biggest edge of the second half. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Josh Wilkerson kept the lead at five, but the Wildcats reeled off eight straight points.
Cole Nelson’s field goal and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Hardy tied the game at 57. Marcus Bennett made two foul shots and Vaughn hit 1-of-2 for a three-point with 2:57 remaining.

Frazier cut the deficit to one with a field goal and Gaston’s two free throws gave the Bulldogs a one-point edge, but Hardy answered with two foul shots and Renfrow added another one, but Hickerson’s bucket tied the game in the final 30 seconds.

Hardy took an inbounds pass under the Cumberland basket with six seconds remaining and dribbled the length of the floor for the final shot.

Hardy hit 10-of-16 shots and was the only Wildcat in double figures, finishing with 25 points. Vaughn finished with nine points and Justin Williamson and Renfrow each netted seven.

Cumberland plays again Wednesday at Martin Methodist and next weekend at the Roadrunner Booster Club Classic in Dalton, Ga.

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Cumberland wins at the foul line

Cumberland wins at the foul line

Posted on 05 December 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Marquel Hickerson netted 22 points and Josh Wilkerson collected 15, with the duo combining to make 17-of-20 at the foul line, as Cumberland started fast and then held on in the final minutes in a 74-68 win against St. Catharine College in men’s basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (5-5, 2-2 Mid-South) opened the game with a 22-5 advantage thanks to nine points from DeMario Frazier and just one field goal by the Patriots (2-8, 0-4). CU led 33-20 at the half and stretched the advantage to as many as 18 points early in the second period, including a pair of field goals by Hickerson.

Cumberland maintained a 60-47 lead with 3:53 remaining, at which point St. Catharine was 1-for-13 from behind the arc, but the Patriots sank consecutive 3-pointers, one each from Aishon White and Lorenzo Dewberry, cutting the deficit to 60-55 with 2:36 remaining.

The Bulldogs connected on 15-of-18 free throw attempts in the final 4:30, including 6-of-8 by Hickerson and 5-for-6 from Wilkerson as well as 4-of-4 by Cameron Prather, whose putback plus the foul with 7:07 to play provided a big lift for the club.

Despite the free throw exploits, St. Catharine continued to bomb away, with Dewberry making two more before the Patriots attacked the basket. Dewberry made a layup plus the foul with 33 seconds remaining, trimming the CU lead to 69-64, and his layup in the final 10 seconds pulled SCC within 72-68, but Prather knocked down the final two foul shots to preserve the win.

It marked the first 20-point game for Hickerson since February 6, 2014, versus the University of Pikeville, when he scored a career-high 29 points. He hit 6-of-13 shots from the field and made a pair of 3-pointers as well.

Frazier finished with 11 points, all in the first half, and eight rebounds, while Wilkerson dished out four assists to go with his 15 points. Moritz Dern also provided six points and six boards before fouling out.

White led the Patriots with 23 points and Dewberry scored all 18 of his points in the second half.

Cumberland netted the first eight points of the contest, including a 3-pointer by Uros Benacek on the opening possession of the game. Frazier made a layup and then another plus the foul for the quick start. Another layup by Frazier and then a strong move on a pick-and-roll for a bucket by Dern extended the lead to 14-3.

Hickerson’s steal and dunk gave CU a 16-3 advantage, with the Patriots missing their first five shots and posting three turnovers in the first five minutes of the game. Keith Coleman’s dunk got SCC off the schnide, but Dern’s second layup and two free throws from Hickerson made it 20-5 for the Bulldogs.

Julito Hutchinson’s layup, two foul shots by White and then a layup plus the foul from White cut the deficit to 24-14 with 4:13 left in the period. DeQuan Bond’s jumper ended the 7-0 spurt by the Patriots and Hickerson followed with a 3-pointer before a layup by Wilkerson pushed the lead back to 17.

White and Nick Porter scored the final two buckets of the half for St. Catharine and Khalil Murphy’s 3-pointer at the buzzer nearly fell, but the Bulldogs took a 33-20 lead at the break.

Frazier netted 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, but the Patriots were just 6-for-22 from the field with 10 turnovers, which CU turned into 13 points.

Cumberland takes on 19th-ranked Campbellsville University at home this Saturday at 4 p.m.

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CU fall just short against RedHawks, 66-64

CU fall just short against RedHawks, 66-64

Posted on 25 November 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Cumberland’s Telvin Wilkerson missed a runner in the closing seconds and the Bulldogs were not able to get off another shot before the buzzer, dropping a 66-64 decision to Martin Methodist in men’s basketball action here Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (4-5) trailed by six with 5:30 remaining after a layup from MMC’s Darius Forrest, but the RedHawks (5-0) were just 2-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch, giving CU a stretch for a comeback.

Josh Wilkerson, who netted 18 points for the Bulldogs, including 14 in the first half, made a layup with 3:13 remaining to cut the deficit to four and after a turnover by Forrest, Marquel Hickerson missed twice for the Bulldogs but Telvin Wilkerson finally converted on the third try, making it a two-point game.

Kadijon Townsend made 1-of-2 free throws the next time down for Martin Methodist, but Telvin Wilkerson was fouled driving to the basket and hit both foul shots, making it a one-point game with 1:39 remaining.

That’s when things got wild-and-wacky, with MMC’s Jamaal Ahmad missing the front end of a 1-and-1. Josh Wilkerson missed a shot for CU, but Paul Williams blocked Josh Watson’s drive to the layup in the final minute and Josh Wilkerson had another chance on a run-out, but he missed the contested layup.

Alex Flagler grabbed the rebound but his pass from underneath the basket was stolen by Watson, who made 1-of-2 foul shots on the other end for a 66-64 MMC advantage with 20.7 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs ran a play for Telvin Wilkerson in the final seconds, but his runner hit the rim and bounced off to Flagler, who wasn’t able to get off another shot before the final buzzer.

Telvin Wilkerson finished with 19 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs, while DeMario Frazier grabbed nine rebounds despite foul trouble most of the game. Hickerson posted eight points as well for CU.

Forrest led the RedHawks with 18 points and Watson posted 12 points and seven points. Reginald Porter also scored 12 points with six caroms for the visitors.

The Bulldogs started the game on fire, with Josh Wilkerson hitting three 3-pointers and Telvin Wilkerson adding one triple in the first five-plus minutes, giving CU a 17-5 advantage, but the RedHawks ran off nine of the next 11 points. Ahmad posted seven of the nine points, including one 3-pointer, cutting the Cumberland lead to 19-14.

Hickerson’s steal and layup pushed the advantage back to seven for CU, but consecutive buckets by Forrest made it a three-point game with 8:07 left in the period.

Telvin Wilkerson hit his second trifecta of the half and Hickerson’s two foul shots gave the Bulldogs a 26-20 lead, but two free throws by Darius Woods and a jumper by Forrest cut it to 26-24 with 5:11 remaining in the half.

Cumberland pushed the edge back to five when Flagler was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three foul shots, but a 3-pointer in the corner and then two free throws by Watson gave the RedHawks their first lead of the game with 1:29 left in the period. Josh Willkerson was fouled driving to the basket in the final seconds and his two free throws, tying the contest at 36 at intermission.

Josh Wilkerson led all scorers with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting while Telvin Wilkerson and Flagler each scored seven points for CU. Forrest paced the RedHawks with 12 points and Ahmad had nine. Both teams committed nine turnovers in the half and the Bulldogs turned the MMC miscues into 12 points.

Cumberland is off until December 4 when the club returns to Mid-South Conference play, hosting St. Catharine College at 8 p.m.

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Cumberland wins at the buzzer 60-58

Cumberland wins at the buzzer 60-58

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

DeMario Frazier hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Cumberland a 60-58 victory over Shawnee State on Saturday in men’s basketball action at Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 1-2) led 57-49 after Josh Wilkerson made two free throws with 3:03 remaining, but 3-pointer by Jorian Hudson cut the lead to five. After Telvin Wilkerson missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Sean Elliott drilled another trifecta for the Bears (1-6, 0-4) with 1:32 to play.

Frazier missed two free throws with 57 seconds remaining and after a missed layup by SSU’s Andrew Bendolph, Alex Flagler did not make the front end of another 1-and-1 for the Bulldogs with 15 seconds remaining. The Bears hustled up the floor and Devon Carter was fouled on a 3-point attempt, sending him to the line with the chance to take the lead.

Carter did just that, making the first two before a Cumberland timeout. He made the final one as well for a 58-57 SSU edge. Flagler raced up the floor with the ball but lost it near the 3-point line where Frazier picked it up and heaved the final shot, which went in after the buzzer sounded but was clearly away before the horn, sending the Bulldogs into a frantic celebration.

Frazier had just five points but seven rebounds, while Josh Wilkerson led the way for the Bulldogs with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Telvin Wilkerson and Flagler each had nine points and Moritz Dern added eight off the bench for CU.

Carter was 3-for-3 from behind the arc and paced the Bears with 14 points, while Bendolph finished with 11 and Hudson and Elliott each had nine.

Shawnee State scored the first seven points of the game behind a 3-pointer from Carter and field goals by Kai Turner and Hudson, but the Bulldogs responded with seven of their own to knot the score, including four points by Telvin Wilkerson.

The Bears pushed the lead back to five, but again CU came back, this time taking its first lead thanks to six consecutive points, with the last from coming from Uros Benacek. Benacek scored again to make it six straight for the 6-foot-10 Slovenian before Flagler’s 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 20-14 advantage, capping an 11-0 spurt.

The lead last less than 90 seconds, as Jacob Daniels had a layup before a 3-pointer by Carter and then a layup from Hudson put the Bears back ahead. Dern’s layup for the Bulldogs with 1:14 left in the half knotted the game at 25 and that’s what the score read at intermission.

The two clubs went back-and-forth in the second half, with neither squad leading by more than three for the first 10 minutes. Telvin Wilkerson’s triple gave the Bulldogs a 43-40 lead at the 11:35 mark, starting a 15-6 run by Cumberland over the next six minutes.

Flagler had a jumper and a free throw during the stretch and Josh Wilkerson posted seven of his 20 points in the run, including a 3-pointer and two jumpers, the last one giving CU a 55-46 advantage with 4:03 remaining.

Bendolph nailed a 3-pointer on Shawnee State’s next possession, but Wilkerson’s two foul shots made it an eight-point game at the 3:03 mark, setting up the final heroics.

Cumberland hosts Martin Methodist this Monday at 6 p.m. before taking a break for Thanksgiving.

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Cumberland falls to Georgetown 74-54

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen

Telvin Wilkerson Cumberland

Eighth-ranked Georgetown outscored Cumberland, 46-22, in the second half, overcoming a halftime deficit and defeating the Bulldogs, 74-54, in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

The Bulldogs (4-3, 0-1 Mid-South) led 32-28 at the break but Georgetown began the half with a 16-4 spurt, as Cumberland committed seven turnovers in the first six minutes of the period. The Tigers (4-2, 1-2) never looked back after that, stretching the lead to as many as 22 points en route to the victory.

Deondre McWhorter scored the first field goal of the second period for the home team and Darion Burns’ steal and layup tied the game less than a minute into the half. Telvin Wilkerson answered with a 3-pointer and Jerrod Gaston made 1-of-2 foul shots, but Georgetown scored the next 10 points to take the lead for good.

Four different players netted points for the Tigers during the spurt, with McWhorter’s free throws and then another field goal giving GC a 44-36 advantage with 14:43 left in the game.

Cumberland stayed within striking distance, with Josh Wilkerson hitting two free throws and then a layup, cutting the deficit to 50-44, but again Georgetown netted eight consecutive points, six of those from Gerard Coleman.

Coleman paced the Tigers with 19 points and McWhorter added 18 points and nine rebounds, leading four Georgetown players in double figures. Noah Cottrill posted 13 points and Tony Kimbro finished with 11 points.

DeMario Frazier led the Bulldogs with 18 points while Telvin Wilkerson added 10 points and Josh Wilkerson added nine. Cumberland shot just 32 percent and committed 15 turnovers in the second half.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the first half, with 3-pointers from Uros Benacek and Telvin Wilkerson giving CU a 12-7 edge just four minutes into the contest, but Georgetown responded with a 13-1 spurt over the next six minutes.

Buckets from Coleman and Levan Shengelia along with a 3-pointer by Cottrill gave the Tigers a 16-12 edge. McWhorter made a short jumper before a reverse layup by Kimbro put Georgetown ahead, 20-13, before Frazier’s driving layup ended the spurt.

Frazier added another field goal plus the foul, cutting the deficit to two, and Moritz Dern’s trifecta from the top of the key gave the Bulldogs a 21-20 advantage. Josh Wilkerson’s runner off the glass made it a three-point lead for CU, but Coleman’s old-fashioned 3-point play tied the game at 28 with 1:16 left in the half.

Telvin Wilkerson’s drive to the hoop put Cumberland back ahead and Tylor Owens added an acrobatic layup in the final minute before McWhorter missed a layup just before the buzzer. The Bulldogs led 32-28 at intermission despite committing nine turnovers but overcame that with 54 percent shooting from the field.

Frazier posted nine points and Telvin Wilkerson had seven for CU. McWhorter led all scorers with 10 but the Tigers were just 1-for-6 from behind the arc but Georgetown scored just three points over the final 5:08 of the period.

Cumberland plays again at Shawnee State this Saturday at 3 p.m. Central Time before hosting Martin Methodist on Monday at 6 p.m. before the Thanksgiving break.

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