'DOGS CLOSE OUT 2009 3-10
LEBANON -- A barrage of 3-pointers by Campbellsville University killed Cumberland's chances of winning back-to-back games for the first time this season in a 77-61 decision over the Bulldogs Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Tigers knocked down 11-of-19 shots from beyond the arc -- 52 percent. The Bulldogs (3-10) shot just 48 percent from the floor, including 18 percent from 3-point range.
CU senior Brandon Springer, who came into the game averaging a double-double on the season, came two rebounds shy of recording his ninth of the year. The senior scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Campbellsville opened the second half on a 6-2 run to extend its lead to nine points. Following the final two points of the stretch, which came on a layup by Nestor Colmenares, the Tiger forward received a technical foul for taunting the CU student section.
Before Haris Batalevic had a chance to shoot the free throws, Campbellsville coach Keith Adkins was given a technical foul after loudly using profanity to reprimand Colmenares on the bench.
Batalevic, who scored eight points on the night, made all four shots from the charity stripe and Walter Simon drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to bring the Bulldogs back to within a basket of regaining the lead. Simon finished with 10 points.
Campbellsville again stretched the lead, this time reaching double digits at 52-42 and the Bulldogs never got any closer than five with the Tigers holding a lead of at least 10 points for the final 4:37 of the game.
Cumberland scored six of the first seven points to open the game before the Tigers cut the deficit to one. The Bulldogs the next four points, capped by a Springer dunk. The slam came after the preseason All-TranSouth forward forced a turnover and took it the length of the floor.
The two teams swapped the lead three times and the score was tied on five occasions, the latest of which came at 25-25 before Campbellsville scored the last five points of the half.
Shawn Savage, who made six treys on seven shots, finished with a game-high 22 points to lead the Tigers.
Coach Lonnie Thompson's Bulldogs begin a three-week break, not playing again until January 7 when they open conference play at Lyon College. CU will next play at home against TranSouth Conference foe Freed-Hardeman on January 9.