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Cumberland falls 81-66

Cumberland falls 81-66

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Allen


Josh Wilkerson posted 19 points and Tylor Owens added 12, but Cameron Lewis led four Freed-Hardeman players in double figures with 24 points and the Lions used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to take an 81-66 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (3-3) trailed only 50-47 after a DeMario Frazier layup with 12:29 left in the game, but Freed-Hardeman (3-0) scored 15 of the next 19 points over a four-minute stretch, breaking open a close contest.

Vincent Dodson started and ended the run with layups, Lewis added a 3-pointer and Evan Forhetz posted a layup as well as an old-fashioned 3-point play. The Bulldogs were 0-for-6 from the field, including four misses from 3-point range, with two turnovers during the stretch, giving FHU a 65-51 advantage with 8:10 to play. Cumberland never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Wilkerson recorded seven rebounds along with the 19 points. Owens made three 3-pointers in his 12 points and Jarrod Gaston finished with 10 points despite missing most of the first half with two quick fouls.

Trevor Randolph posted 15 points for the Lions, all in the first half, while Dodson added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Forhetz collected 11 points and eight assists. Freed-Hardeman also took advantage of 16 CU turnovers, turning those into 26 points.

Cumberland was down 10-4 in the first three minutes of the game thanks to three turnovers and three missed shots. Lewis had five points for FHU and the Lions extended the lead to 16-7 on a layup by Lewis and a jumper from Stephen Shell.

Consecutive buckets by the two Wilkersons and two foul shots from Telvin Wilkerson cut the deficit to three, but a 3-pointer by Randolph and a layup from Lewis pushed the lead back to eight. Alex Flagler’s trifecta and another one from Owens along with a tip-in by Marquel Hickerson made it 28-26 FHU with 5:41 left in the half.

Lewis nailed a 3-pointer late in the half and a jumper from Randolph gave the Lions a 38-31 advantage before an old-fashioned 3-point play by Josh Wilkerson cut the deficit to four at the break.

Freed-Hardeman took advantage of eight CU turnovers in the period, netting 14 points off the miscues. Randolph scored 15 points with a pair of 3-pointers and Lewis added 14 for the Lions.

Josh Wilkerson paced the Bulldogs with seven points and Telvin Wilkerson and Owens each had six for Cumberland.

Cumberland plays at eighth-ranked Georgetown College on Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Cumberland wins 74-63

Cumberland wins 74-63

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen


Tylor Owens netted 11 points and DeQuan Bond added 10, but Cumberland missed 14-of-26 free throws and committed 18 turnovers but still posted a 74-63 victory over Oakwood University in men’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (3-1) defeated the Ambassadors for the second time in four days and did so with 12 players in the scoring column, including eight points apiece from Telvin Wilkerson and Jerrod Gaston and seven by Paul Williams.

Cumberland missed 9-of-20 foul shots in the second half, opening the door for Oakwood down the stretch, with the visitors cutting the deficit to eight with just under two minutes to play.

The Ambassadors put together a 14-4 spurt with two buckets each from Domonic Pierre Louis and Timmy Wright, Jr., as well as trifectas by Brandon Daniels and Ollie Felps, the last one from Phelps cutting the CU advantage to 69-61 with 1:40 remaining. Cumberland missed 10-of-11 shots as well as three free throws and committed three turnovers during the stretch, but Oakwood could not get any closer, throwing the ball away three straight times down the floor to end the momentum.

Cameron Prather made 1-of-2 free throws and redshirt freshman Garrett Kirkland had a layup in the final minute to seal the win for CU.

Daniels led all scorers with 16 points while Wright, Jr., added 12 and Pierre Louis registered 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, but Oakwood committed 26 turnovers in the game, which the Bulldogs turned into 24 points.

Moritz Dern led CU with seven boards and DeMario Frazier added six rebounds and five points.

The two teams combined to hit only 3-of-19 shots and commit 12 turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game, with Cumberland leading just 5-3 at the 12:17 mark of the first half. Oakdoow netted six straight points to take the lead, including an old-fashioned 3-point play by Ryan Johnson and a 3-pointer from Simeon Middleton.

The Ambassadors did not score for almost six minutes after that and the Bulldogs took advantage, running off 17 consecutive points. Owens and Gaston each posted six points during the run, giving CU a 22-9 advantage.

Cumberland stretched the lead to 16 with a 3-pointer by Wilkerson in the final minute of the period and led 32-16 at the break.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the second half, extending the lead to 41-18 with a trifecta by Uros Benacek just over three minutes into the period. A 7-0 spurt by Oakwood cut the deficit to 12, with Daniels scoring a pair of buckets. A jumper from Bond pushed the edge back to 62-45 with 7:26 to play, but soon after the Ambassadors shaved off points until finally running out of chances.

Cumberland plays again at home this Saturday, opening Mid-South Conference play against Life University at 6 p.m. before hosting Freed-Hardeman on Monday at 8 p.m.

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Bulldogs picked 8th in MSC

Bulldogs picked 8th in MSC

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen


Cumberland was picked eighth in the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll announced recently by the league office.

The Bulldogs and 13th-year head coach Lonnie Thompson returns seven letterwinners along with two redshirts from last season’s squad that finished 14-13 overall. Sophomore Marquel Hickerson started 20 contests and senior Josh Wilkerson had 15 starts while senior Moritz Dern and sophomore DeQuan Bond each collected 12 starts last year.

Cumberland opens the season November 5 at home against Indiana University-Southeast before road contests at Fisk University (Nov. 6) and Oakwood University (Nov. 8).

The University of Pikeville was the preseason favorite according to the coaches, receiving three first-place votes and 58 total points. Georgetown College got two first-place votes and 54 total points, while Campbellsville University also received three first-place votes and 52 points for third place.

The University of the Cumberlands was selected fourth and Lindsey Wilson was picked fifth, picking up the remaining first-place vote. Newcomer Life University was sixth, followed by St. Catharine College, Cumberland and Shawnee State.

2014-15 Mid-South Conference
Preseason Coaches’ Poll

No. School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Univ. of Pikeville (3) 54
2. Georgetown College (2) 54
3. Campbellsville Univ. (3) 52
4. Univ. of the Cumberlands 43
5. Lindsey Wilson (1) 35
6. Life Univ. 30
7. St. Catharine College 29
8. Cumberland Univ. 15
9. Shawnee State 8

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Men’s hoops releases 2014-15 schedule

Men’s hoops releases 2014-15 schedule

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen


Cumberland University men’s basketball coach Lonnie Thompson announced the team’s 2014-15 schedule this week, which includes 13 home games and seven of the first 11 contests at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs begin the season November 5 at home versus Indiana University-Southeast before heading to Fisk University (Nov. 6) and Oakwood University (Nov. 8) later in the week. CU plays three straight games at home over a seven-day stretch starting Nov. 11 against Oakwood, including the Mid-South Conference opener on Nov. 15 versus Life University as well as a Nov. 17 contest against long-time TranSouth Conference opponent Freed-Hardeman.

Cumberland hits the road for a pair of league outings at Georgetown College (Nov. 20) and Shawnee State (Nov. 22) before hosting Martin Methodist (Nov. 24) just before Thanksgiving. CU plays two more conference games at home the first week of December, taking on St. Catharine College (Dec. 4) and Campbellsville University (Dec. 6).

The Bulldogs open a nine-game road swing on Dec. 13 at Bethel University and travel to Martin Methodist on Dec. 17 before taking part in the Dalton State College Classic on Dec. 19-20, facing host Dalton State College and Concordia University-Selma before the Christmas break.

CU travels to Indiana University-Southeast (January 3) and Freed-Hardeman (Jan. 12) before returning to conference action with road games at the University of the Cumberlands (Jan. 15), the University of Pikeville (Jan. 17) and Lindsey Wilson (Jan. 22) to end the road trip.

Cumberland plays six of its final nine regular season contests at home beginning Jan. 24 versus Fisk. The remaining eight contests are all against Mid-South Conference opponents, with home games against Pikeville, the Cumberlands, Shawnee State, Georgetown and Lindsey Wilson and road tilts at St. Catharine, Campbellsville and Life.

The Mid-South Conference Championships are set for March 6-8 in Frankfort, Ky., and the 78th Annual NAIA Championships take place March 18-24 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Gude, Brinkley lead Cumberland to season-ending win

Gude, Brinkley lead Cumberland to season-ending win

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen


Lester Gude netted a career-best 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and Lamar Brinkley added 12 points and 14 rebounds and Cumberland ended the season with a 73-66 victory over the University of Rio Grande in men’s basketball action here Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Gude and Brinkley along with fellow seniors E.J. Perry, Terry Williams and Kenneth Stripling ended their Bulldog careers with a pair of victories, assuring a winning season for the program. Thursday’s win over Shawnee State ended an eight-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (14-13, 6-12 Mid-South).

Cumberland scored the first nine points of the game and then Gude netted nine straight with a pair of 3-pointersm, giving CU an 18-5 advantage with just over nine minutes to play in the first half. The Bulldogs held the double-digit lead through the remainder of the period and DeMario Frazier’s two free throws put the home team ahead, 36-22, at the break.

Gude posted 11 points in the half and the Bulldogs recorded 11 points off seven Rio Grande turnovers.

The Red Storm (16-13, 9-9) pulled within 10 on a D.D. Joiner 3-pointer three minutes into the second half, but layups by Brinkley and Moritz Dern and a jumper from Josh Wilkerson kept the lead in double figures. Stripling’s layup and one free throw from Dern gave Cumberland its biggest lead of the game, 53-37, with 10:13 remaining.

Rio Grande’s Jermaine Warmack, who finished with a game-high 26 points, scored the next nine for the Red Storm. Joiner made a layup and Warmack hit two more free throws, part of a 9-for-10 effort at the foul line, cutting the CU advantage back to 10 with 5:51 to play.

URG pressed the final six minutes of the game, causing several turnovers by the Bulldogs. Gude’s mistake led to a Warmack layup with 4:09 remaining, trimming the deficit to eight, but Gude made up for the mistake with a 3-pointer on the other end.

Evan Legg hit two free throws for Rio Grande before Warmack made a steal and converted another layup, making it a seven-point game with 2:35 left in the contest. Josh Wilkerson and Brinkley both converted two foul shots in the next minute, but Ricky Tisdale made all three free throws after a Gude foul with just under a minute to play.

Wilkerson turned the ball over for the Bulldogs and Warmack nailed a 3-pointer with 37.9 seconds to play pulled the Red Storm within 71-66, but Wilkerson added two more foul shots on the other end, sealing the victory for the Bulldogs.

Wilkerson finished with 16 points off the bench and Dern added eight rebounds for Cumberland. Joiner posted 12 points and Phillip Hertz netted 11 for Rio Grande.

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Cumberland knocks off Shawnee State 59-49

Cumberland knocks off Shawnee State 59-49

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen


Marquel Hickerson and Josh Wilkerson combined for 35 points off the bench and the duo knocked down all six free throw attempts in the final seconds to preserve a 59-49 victory over Shawnee State here Thursday night in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Both teams shot just 34 percent from the field and combined for 35 turnovers in the contest, a game in which the Bulldogs (13-13, 5-12 Mid-South) led just 22-16 at the half. The Bears (9-19, 4-13) did not score a field goal over the last 11:11 of the opening period, missing nine shots and committing six turnovers during the stretch.

Cumberland closed the half on an 11-1 run, with four points apiece from Hickerson and Lester Gude, until a foul near midcourt by senior Lamar Brinkley with 0.7 seconds remaining put SSU at the foul line. Dante Dunston made two of the three attempts, cutting the Bulldog lead to six at the break.

Mark Bryant hit a 3-pointer and Nick Gouch added a layup for the Bears in the first three minutes of the second half, cutting the CU lead to 24-23, but Wilkerson answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play and then hit another layup to swing momentum back to the home team.

Cumberland led just 33-29 with 11:16 remaining after an Andrew Bendolph jumper for Shawnee State, but Hickerson nailed consecutive 3-pointers, pushing the lead to eight, though Trevor Banks answered for the Bears with a bucket and then his own trifecta, making it a four-point game again with 8:06 to play.

The Bulldogs put together an 11-1 spurt over the next six-plus minutes, with nine of the points at the foul line. The squad missed numerous chances for three-point plays during the stretch, but stepped to the charity stripe to knock down shots, making 9-of-11. That built the lead to 51-37 with just under two minutes to play, but the Bears would not go away.

Ethan Moffatt came off the bench and made two straight 3-pointers before a turnover in the corner by the Bulldogs set up another trifecta for Banks, cutting the deficit to five with just under a minute remaining. Cumberland made 7-of-8 at the foul line in the final minute, sealing the win and ending an eight-game losing streak for the club.

Wilkerson finished 10-of-12 at the foul line and posted 16 points, while Hickerson netted 19. The two players were the only ones in double figures for Cumberland.

Bryant led the Bears with 12 points before fouling out and Banks recorded eight.

Cumberland ends the regular season Saturday with a 4 p.m. home contest against the University of Rio Grande. Kenneth Stripling, Lamar Brinkley, E.J. Perry, Terry Williams and Lester Gude will be honored as part of Senior Day activities before the game.

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Georgetown College defeat Cumberland 81-59

Georgetown College defeat Cumberland 81-59

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen


Jaylen Daniel scored 24 points and Monty Wilson added 13 points and 11 rebounds, as 16th-ranked Georgetown College used a 16-4 spurt at the end of the first half to take control en route to an 81-59 victory over Cumberland here Saturday in men’s basketball action at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium.

Kenneth Stripling was the only Cumberland (12-13, 4-12) player in double figures, finishing with 12 points, while E.J. Perry netted nine points, but the Bulldogs shot just 32 percent from the fiueld and 3-for-16 from 3-point range in the loss. CU missed numerous shots around the bucket, including at least six layups, negating any chance of making a comeback.

Georgetown’s 16-4 run at the end of the first half gave the home team a 38-25 advantage at the break and the Tigers opened the second half with a 10-2 spurt, including 3-pointers from Daniel and Wilson, giving GC a 48-27 advantage. An 8-2 spurt by the Bulldogs, including a pair of buckets by Stripling and a gigantic putback dunk from DeMario Frazier, cut the deficit to 56-43 with 11:15 remaining, but a pair of missed layups by Lester Gude and too many empty trips over the next four minutes allowed Georgetown to maintain the double-digit lead.

Corey Washburn had back-to-back field goals and Noah Cottrill’s consecutive 3-pointers were part of a 16-5 run by Georgetown that put the game away. The Tigers shot 58 percent from the field in the second half, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc.

The Bulldogs started fast, with Perry knocking down a 3-pointer and Stripling finishing twice around the rim for a 9-4 edge just over four minutes into the game. CU continued to lead at the first media timeout behind buckets from Frazier and DeQuan Bond, but a 3-pointer from Cottrill and two free throws by Daniel tied the contest at 17 with 7:35 left in the period.

Cottrill’s trifecta was the first lead of the game for the Tigers and Georgetown led 22-21 at the second media timeout of the half. The home team outscored Cumberland, 16-4, over the last 4:02 of the period, hitting all eight foul shots and getting a3-pointer from the corner by Russ Middleton with 7.8 seconds remaining, giving the Tigers a 38-25 advantage.

Daniel led all players with 11 points and Georgetown was 9-for-9 at the charity stripe, overcoming 10 turnovers. On the other hand, bad shots, missed layups and a couple of turnovers doomed Cumberland in the last 10 minutes of the half, with CU scoring just eight points after Moritz Dern’s putback at the 10:06 mark.

Frazier led the Bulldogs with six points and Perry added five, but the club shot just 32 percent from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Cumberland plays its final two home games of the season next week, taking on Shawnee State on Thursday at 8 p.m. and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday at 4 p.m. Senior Day activities will take place for five seniors before the game on Saturday.

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Cumberland drops seventh straight game

Cumberland drops seventh straight game

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen


Cumberland scored just four points during a seven and a half minute span in the final 10 minutes of the second half, and the University of the Cumberlands hit four-straight free throws down the stretch to ice it, as the Patriots defeated CU, 61-58, in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

Redshirt senior Lamar Brinkley recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 11 points while grabbing 11 caroms, and junior Josh Wilkerson added 14 points in the loss.

The two teams never got further than four points apart in the second half, but a triple from Brinkley gave Cumberland (12-12, 4-10 Mid-South) a 47-45 advantage with 10:14 remaining. Over the next seven and a half minutes, the Bulldogs would only net four points, allowing the Patriots (16-10, 8-8) to retake the lead.

Brinkley tied the game at 53 with a pair of free throws at the 2:45 mark, but Tony Bradley responded with a bucket to give the lead back to UC. DeMario Frazier converted a layup on the following possession for CU, but again the Patriots responded with a bucket from Shaquille Lowery.

With 27 seconds on the clock, CU failed to score, and the Cumberlands hit the four necessary free throws to keep the game out of reach.

The Bulldogs shot 42.3 percent (22-for-52) from the field, and made 7-of-15 from behind the arc, out-shooting the Patriots in both facets. UC made up the difference by converting on 8-of-10 (80 percent) from the charity stripe in the second half.

Cumberland struggled to find a rhythm offensively in the opening minutes. After taking a 6-2 advantage, including a pair of buckets from Brinkley, the Bulldogs would spend the next 5:18 scoreless. CU trailed at the opening media timeout, 11-6.

Out of the break, a flip switched for Cumberland as the squad went on a 20-6 run over the next 6:39. During that span, Wilkerson got hot, scoring seven points, while Moritz Dern added a triple. An easy layup from DeQuan Bond forced a UC timeout as the Bulldogs took a nine-point advantage.

The Patriots responded with a 10-3 run to close out the half, the Bulldogs still enjoying a two-point lead but in foul trouble. CU committed eight fouls in the final 3:37 of the half, compared to just to from the home squad.

Wilkerson closed the half with a team-high nine points, along with three rebounds. Flagler added six points before the break and Brinkley grabbed three caroms. The Bulldogs shot 41 percent (12-of-29) from the field compared to just 33 percent (9-of-27) for UC.

The Cumberlands reached the free throw line 11 times in the first half, converting on six (54.5 percent), and Cumberland went just 2-of-6 (33.3 percent). UC’s Kenny Cowser scored a game-high 10 points and grabbed four rebounds before the half.

Cumberland remains on the road for a contest against No. 19 Georgetown College on Saturday. The Bulldogs will close the season next weekend with home games against Shawnee State on Thursday and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday.

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