CU runs past Lambuth


LEBANON -- Eleventh-ranked Cumberland broke open a close game with a 14-3 second half run and trampled Lambuth 78-62 Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The win was CU’s 11th in the past 12 outings as Coach Lonnie Thompson’s squad improved to 14-2 on the season,

Brandon Springer hit 5-of-7 from the field for 17 points while Rontreal Braxton was 6-for-9 to net 15. Quentin Turner posted 11 points, including nine in the first half, while Kenneth Simms registered nine points and 10 rebounds.

After intermission, CU dominated play as Springer started the half with a runner in the lane, followed by a slashing layup from Braxton. Springer followed with another short jumper before Braxton converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. Springer ended the stretch with two free throws for a 53-32 advantage.

CU led by 16-18 points until the final four minutes when Lambuth (11-6) made a push, but it was too little too late for the Eagles. Lambuth struggled from the field in all phases of the game, hitting just 35 percent from the field, including 27 percent from 3-point range, and made just 14-for-26 foul shots.

The Bulldogs shot better than 55 percent from the floor for most of the night and committed just 13 turnovers, the second fewest this season by the squad.

Antawn Coby led Lambuth with 15 points, Michael Young added 14 points and 12 boards and DeCarlos Riley netted 10 points.

Cumberland continues its current four-game homestand, taking on Bethel College Monday, Jan. 19 and Martin Methodist Thursday,Jan. 22 -- both at 8 p.m.

WOMEN’S GAME -- Lambuth started the second half with a 24-3 run and never looked back, as the 8th-ranked Lady Eagles defeated Cumberland, 65-41, in Thursday’s opener.

Lambuth (13-4) led just 29-26 at halftime after an ugly opening 20 minutes from both teams. The squads combined for 28 turnovers and 36 percent shooting from the floor.

Rachel Cunningham led Lambuth with 16 points, Bryant added 14 and Johnson netted 11. Donna Lavea posted 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Cumberland (6-13) shot just 13 percent from the field in the second half, making just 4-of-31 shots. Keshia Brown hit two free throws with 16:50 left in the contest but the Bulldogs failed to score a basket until the 10:30 mark on a Tamara Gonzalez 3-pointer.

Simone Ryan was the only CU player in double figures, tallying 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Gonzalez scored nine points.

Cumberland continues its current four-game homestand, taking on Bethel College Monday and Martin Methodist Thursday, both at 6 p.m.