CU men suffer first loss

Post staff reports

DALTON, Ga. – No. 23 Cumberland was unable to overcome a poor shooting performance in the first half, shooting just 20 percent in the opening frame against Concordia College-Selma in a 68-55 loss at the Carpet City Christmas Classic on Saturday evening.

CU (10-1) made just five shots in the first half as the Hornets jumped out to a 30-15 lead at the break. The Bulldogs lone lead of the contest came at the 18:28 mark as Kenny Stripling connected to give the team a 2-0 advantage.

Cumberland would score just four points in the final eight minutes of the half as Concordia used a 15-4 run in that timespan to take control.

Sophomore Alex Flagler provided a strong presence off the bench for Cumberland in the second half, scoring 12 of his team-high 13 points after the break. Flagler joined Lester Gude as the only two Bulldogs in double figures. Senior Lamar Brinkley added a game-high 10 rebounds.

Concorida’s Tavin Cummings scored 16 in the second half en route to a game-high 20 points. Two other Hornets added double figure performances.

CU looked much better after halftime, shooting nearly 52 percent from the field. The Bulldogs outscored Concordia 40-38 in the final 20 minutes.

Cumberland now enjoys a 12-day layoff before opening 2014 with a pair of home Mid-South Conference games against St. Catharine College and Campbellsville University. The games are slated for Jan. 2 and 4, respectively.