|CU sweeps Blue Mountain|
|Friday, January 15, 2010|
LEBANON -- Three Bulldogs recorded double-doubles for Cumberland University Thursday night in a 90-72 win over Blue Mountain College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The double-double was the 11th of the year for Brandon Springer, while Walter Simon and Lamar Brinkley each notched their second for CU, which improved to 5-11 overall and 2-1 in TranSouth Conference action.
Cumberland came back from a five-point deficit with 13:45 to play, forcing a tie at 62 apiece before scoring 28 of the last 38 points of the game to take the runaway victory.
CU limited the Toppers (0-18, 0-2) to 31 percent shooting, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range, in the second half. BMC, which came into the game with the highest scoring offense in the league, was held to less than 75 points for just the fourth time this season.
Springer led all scorers with 29 points and backed it up with 15 boards, which ties his career high. Brinkley posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Simon finished with 20 and 13, respectively.
The game marked the second time this season that Simon and Springer, who have each started all 16 games, recorded a double-double on the same night and the first game of the year with three Bulldogs reaching the mark.
Blue Mountain went into the locker room with a one-point lead after Renell Collins drained a 3-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer. The trey capped a 10-2 run for the Toppers to close out the half. Collins scored 21 of BMC’s 42 first-half points and finished with 28 to lead the visitors.
Cumberland built a lead as large as nine points in the opening half, scoring 10 straight points. CU held at least a five-point advantage for the next eight minutes but missed five of its last eight shots of the half. Lindal Yarbrough was the fourth Bulldog in double figures, scoring 11 points in his CU debut.
IN THURSDAY NIGHT'S OPENER -- Ashley Whitmore, Angie Wells and Keshia Brown all scored 13 points and Whitmore grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, leading the Cumberland women to a 67-57 victory over Blue Mountain.
Allysia Bailey added 11 points for Cumberland (7-5, 1-2 TranSouth), which shot just 37 percent from the floor but forced 18 turnovers, turning those into 21 points. The Bulldogs also outscored the Lady Toppers (7-9, 0-2), 26-8, in the paint and limited BMC to just 30 percent shooting from the field. Blue Mountain was just 8-for-31 from 3-point range as well.
Cumberland used a 12-2 run over the final three minutes to take a 14-point lead at halftime, including a length-of-the-floor drive and layup from Wells at the buzzer. Wells scored all six of her points in the period during the stretch, starting the spurt at 3:11 with a layup and adding a pair of buckets in the final 30 seconds.
The Lady Bulldogs held a lead of greater than nine points except for 20 seconds in the middle of the second half after a BMC 3-pointer from Kala Morris. CU pushed its advantage to as many as 17 points late in the game.
Cumberland's teams continue conference play Saturday when they square off against rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville. Women's action tips-off at 2 p.m.