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Men's hoops announces 2017-18 schedule

Staff Reports • Sep 21, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Cumberland men’s basketball coach Lonnie Thompson announced the team’s 2017-18 schedule this week, which includes 13 home games and 13 contests against teams that played in last year’s NAIA Championships.

The Phoenix will open the season with three straight home games, taking on Oakwood University on Oct. 30 and playing host to Fisk University on Nov. 1 and Martin Methodist on Nov. 4. CU will then play 12 of its next 14 contests away from the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center, starting Nov. 7 with an exhibition game at Western Kentucky.

The Phoenix will travel to Oakwood (Nov. 9) and Freed-Hardeman (Nov. 11) before playing host to William Carey on Nov. 16. Cumberland will play exhibitions at Delta State (Nov. 18) and North Alabama (Nov. 19) before heading to Martin Methodist on Nov. 21 and then taking a break for Thanksgiving.

November will close with a home contest versus Freed-Hardeman (Nov. 28) and a road game at Fisk (Nov. 30). The Phoenix will open December at William Carey on the ninth and head to Lee University on Dec. 12 and Stillman College on Dec. 14 before taking part in the Roadrunner Classic in Dalton, Ga., on Dec. 29-30, facing Dalton State College and Carver College.

Cumberland will play host to Stillman College on Jan. 4 to start the New Year. All 14 Mid-South Conference games will take place in January and February this season beginning Jan. 6 at Lindsey Wilson.

Cumberland will play four of its first six league contests on the road, including visits to the University of Pikeville (Jan. 11), Shawnee State (Jan. 13) and Georgetown College (Jan. 25). The University of the Cumberlands (Jan. 18) and Life University (Jan. 20) will visit the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center during the month as well, as will Campbellsville University on Jan. 27.

The schedule reverses starting Feb. 1 with a home game against Lindsey Wilson followed by home outings versus Shawnee State (Feb. 8) and Pikeville (Feb. 10). Senior Day will take place Feb. 24 against Georgetown College and the 2018 Mid-South Conference Championships will take place March 1-4 in Pikeville, Ky. The 81st annual NAIA Championships are scheduled for March 15-21 in Kansas City, Mo.

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