LOSS ENDS 7-GAME WIN STREAK
HENDERSON -- A seven-game winning streak came to a screeching halt for Cumberland Saturday as 20th-ranked Freed-Hardeman pulled out a 66-59 overtime win.
Kristoffer Smith’s jumper with two seconds left forced overtime and the Lions rode the momentum to the victory.
CU was doomed by 27 turnovers in the contest and cold shooting (7-for-24) in the first half.
Quentin Turner scored a season-high 19 points for the Bulldogs (18-3, 8-2 TSAC) and Rontreal Braxton added 13 on a bad ankle.
The loss puts Lonnie Thompson’s team in third place in the TranSouth Conference, one game behind Freed-Hardeman (17-6, 9-1) and a half-game behind Union University.
Cumberland overcame an 11-point second half deficit and took a two-point lead in the final two minutes. The Bulldogs made their first 19-of-25 free throws in the contest but then hit just 5-for-12 over the final two minutes and in overtime, failing to put away the game in regulation and then failing to score until the 1:26 mark of overtime.
Turner hit 6-of-7 shots from the field for Cumberland, including a pair of free throws, and was 5-for-6 at the foul line.
Brandon Powell grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Brandon Springer, Kenneth Simms and Braxton all had seven boards.
Zack Frey led the Lions with 17 points and seven rebounds. Jesse Moulton scored 11 points for FHU, while Kirtiss Brown and Shun Trevillian both netted 10.
In overtime Springer missed two free throws and then Simms did the same. Three missed field goals and a pair of turnovers later and Freed-Hardeman led by a score of 60-53.
Turner ended the drought in OT with a pair of free throws, but the Bulldogs were just 1-of-5 from the field and 3-for-8 at the foul line in the extra period.
Women: FHU 102, CU 59 -- Meribeth Boehler scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Hannah Parsley came off the bench to post 31 points as sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman rolled to a 102-59 victory over Cumberland Saturday in women’s basketball action in Henderson.
Freed-Hardeman made 19-of-28 (68 percent) shots in the first half and raced out to a 50-22 advantage at the break en route to the win.
The Lady Lions (18-5, 8-2 TSAC) had four players in double figures by halftime and never looked back. Boehler was 11-for-14 from the field and registered 12 defensive rebounds for Freed-Hardeman, while Parsley went 5-of-9 from 3-point range and also hit eight free throws.
Chelsie Alsup scored 17 points and Nicole Duncan recorded 10 for the Lady Lions as well.
The Lady Bulldogs (7-16, 2-8) shot only 31 percent and committed 10 turnovers in the first period, allowing Freed-Hardeman to build the big lead.
Brittany Cash and Chaquaila Gaten both scored 13 points for Cumberland, while Bona Ogada netted nine points.
Cumberland visits Lyon College in Batesville, AK Thursday for a 6 p.m. conference twinbill before returning home Saturday afternoon, Feb. 7 to face Mid-Continent at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.