From Post staff reports
NASHVILLE -- Brandon Springer scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Cumberland used a 15-2 run at the end of the first half, defeating Tennessee State 93-85 Friday night at the Gentry Center.
Rodney James had two field goals and Springer hit three free throws, leading a 15-2 run that gave the Bulldogs a nine-point lead at intermission.
Cumberland extended with advantage with a 26-10 spurt to start the second half and TSU was never able to get closer than 13 points until the final minute of the contest.
Thomas Douglas scored 18 points for the Bulldogs and Jamar Finley added 12 in the win.
Rontreal Braxton’s 3-pointer made it 33-32 TSU and Springer tied the game with one free throw. Rodney James hit a basket before Channing Tucker hit a jumper, both on assists from Douglas.
Springer hit two more foul shots and James added another bucket before Thomas hit a jumper with 15 seconds left in the half to give CU the 44-35 lead.
Cumberland takes on Oakwood University Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in the home opener for the Bulldogs.