CU hosts Blue Mtn. Thursday

Cumberland University will host Blue Mountain Thursday, Jan. 12 in a TranSouth Conference doubleheader at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Women's action will start at 6 p.m. followed by the CU men at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Johnny Williams scored 14 points and Jerret Towns (pictured) added 13 off the bench in a narrow 82-81 CU victory over 17th-ranked Freed-Hardeman.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's Bulldogs (10-3, 2-0 TranSouth) held the lead for almost the entire second half, including 78-71 with 2:18 to play, after nine ties and 10 lead changes in the opening period.

In Saturdays opener -- Cumberland struggled from the field, making just two of its first 17 shots of the second half as third-ranked Freed-Hardeman spanked the Lady Bulldogs 66-51 Saturday in womens basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (3-9, 0-2 TranSouth) led 28-18 late in the first half before a five-minute drought allowed FHU to tie the contest and take a one-point lead at intermission.

CU then went ice cold after the break, including at the foul line, making just 6-of-15 at the charity stripe despite shooting the bonus for more than 10 minutes in the period.

Simone Ryan recorded 16 points and seven rebounds for CU, while Tamara Gonzalez added 11 and Casie Cowan registered 10. Jessica Pace accounted for nine points and nine rebounds.