CU basketball sweeps Oakwood

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Cumberland rode the high-scoring efforts of Gallatin's Michael Sweat Monday in a 75-57 victory over Oakwood University Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Sweat, a 6-7 senior, lit up the Ambassadors for 24 points going 10-of-12 from the field.

CU, now 13-6 on the season, got a double-double from Nashvillian Lamar Brinkley who scored 19 points and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds.

For the game, Coach Lonnie Thompson's crew was 28-of-50 from the field (56%) and 16-of-23 from the line (70%).

In the women's game, Courtney Atkinson scored 15 points, Jessica Pace netted 11 and Samantha Harper added 10 points off the bench in Cumberlands 64-24 victory over Oakwood.

The Bulldogs (7-11) won their third game in the last four outings, limiting the Ambassadors (4-12) to just seven total field goals and 16 percent shooting in the contest. Oakwood committed 29 turnovers, which led to 25 Cumberland points.

Atkinson paced the Bulldogs for the third consecutive outing and grabbed seven rebounds. Pace and Harper both recorded eight boards, while Simone Ryan registered nine points and six caroms and Katie Smith added seven points and six rebounds off the bench. Nine of the 10 Cumberland players scored, grabbed a rebound, handed out an assist and made a steal.

CU held a 30-9 advantage at halftime after the Ambassadors netted just four points in the games first 13 minutes. The Bulldogs led 24-4 after an Atkinson bucket with 3:45 remaining in the half.

Cumberland pushed the lead to as many as 43 points late in the game thanks to a pair of free throws by Harper and then another bucket by the junior.

Cumberland heads to Fisk University on Thursday at 6 p.m. and returns to TranSouth Conference action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mid-Continent University.