CU hoops falls to MMU


PULASKI -- Graciano Negron and Josh Pierce scored in double figures, but Cumberland University came up short in the TranSouth Championships semifinals, falling to Martin Methodist College, 83-63, Saturday night, March 5. 

Negron totaled 14 points, while Pierce contributed 11. Junior Michael Sweat finished two points shy of a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's club ended the season with an 18-12 record, losing in the conference semifinals for the second straight year.

Martin Methodist shot a red-hor 61 percent in the contest and held the Bulldogs to just 32 percent.  CU scored the first points of the game on a 3-pointer by Negron, but the Bulldogs didn’t get on the board again  until the 13:16 mark of the first half when Pierce put up his first points. During that nearly six-minute drought, MMC posted 17 points, taking a lead that would never be erased.

The RedHawks led by double digits at the break and scored 11 of the first 13 points in the second half to take a 20-point lead, cruising to the win.

Negron was named the Music City Star of the Game, reaching double figures for the 18th time on the year.