MAYFIELD, Ky. – Lester Gude scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds as Cumberland cruised to a 87-66 victory over Mid-Continent on Tuesday night at the Mayfield High School Sports Arena to move to 7-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
The Bulldogs controlled the contest for the entirety of the first half, leading by as many as 24 points with 2:31 remaining in the period. Already leading by 15 with just over five and a half minutes left, CU used an 11-2 run over a three minute span to put the contest out of reach. The Bulldogs exited the first stanza leading by 19.
Mid-Continent opened the second half scoring 16 of the first 22 points to bring the score within 10 with 15 minutes to play, but Cumberland found a rhythm from there on out, extending the lead to as much as 19 and holding at leads a 14-point advantage for the rest of the contest.
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures as DeQuan Bond added 15, E.J. Perry scored 10 and, in his first game of the season after a wrist injury, Lamar Brinkley tacked on 12. Junior Moritz Dern brought down a team-high eight caroms while scoring seven points.
Continuing with the theme of spreading the wealth, the Bulldog offense featured 11 different scorers on the stat sheet, and each grabbed at least one rebound.
Cumberland shot 53 percent from the field in the contest while holding the Cougars to under 40 percent and forcing 23 turnovers.
The Bulldogs will now enjoy an 11-day hiatus before traveling to Talladega, Ala. to take on Talladega College. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Lawson's double-double not enough for CU ladies
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brittany Lawson posted 30 points and 13 rebounds but seventh-ranked Cumberland’s women committed 23 turnovers, falling behind by double-digits in the second half and falling 85-76 to Talladega on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (3-4) and Tornadoes (8-0) were tied seven times in the first 13 minutes of the contest before a 10-0 run by the home team, which included six points from Tianna Jones and four by Ryven Jackson, put Talladega ahead 34-24. Buckets from TaCouya Allen and Lawson cut the deficit to six and Cumberland trailed, 39-34, at the break.
Lawson hit 8-of-12 field goals for 16 points in the period, but CU had 14 turnovers, leading to 17 Talladega points in the period.
The Bulldogs pulled within 48-46 early in the second half with a 10-4 spurt highlighted by six points from Lawson and two apiece by Casie Cowan and Katie Smith. But Talladega answered with a 15-6 run over the next four minutes, with Ryann Drear netting nine points during the stretch, giving the Tornadoes an 11-point edge.
A 3-pointer by Arielle George swelled the lead to 78-63 with 7:48 remaining. Five points from Layce Colter and four by Cowan cut the deficit to eight in the final minutes.
Cowan registered 11 points and five assists and Allen recorded 10 points and nine boards. Lawson finished 14-of-23 from the field, while the rest of the club was 17-for-49 from the floor. Kishaun Williams added nine points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bulldogs, who will play again Dec. 7 at Oakwood.
George led five Talladega players with double figures with 18 points and four 3-pointers, while Jones finished with 16 points and Drear added 14. Jamie Robinson posted 13 points and nine rebounds and Jackson netted 11.