|CU women fall in OT|
|Friday, February 15, 2013|
LEBANON -- Fifth-ranked Cumberland erased a 17-point first-half deficit and had chances in regulation to secure the win but dropped a 61-59 decision to 14th-ranked Shawnee State in the NAIA Game of the Week Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (24-2, 15-2) lost for the first time since January 3, ending an 11-game winning streak, after starting the game horribly but righting the ship after intermission, only to fall just short in the end. Schera Simpson led the Bears (20-6, 11-5) with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Alex Pohl added 18 points, with many of the duo’s buckets right around the goal.
Pohl netted 12 of her 18 in the first half on 6-of-6 shooting and finished 8-of-10 from the floor, including the game-winning points on a layup with 1:13 remaining.
Shawnee State hit eight of its first 12 shots of the game and raced out to a 28-11 advantage with just about five minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs played horribly, shooting 4-of-16 and committing 14 turnovers in the period after entering the game averaging 15.5 miscues per contest.
Briannica Tye’s 3-pointer in the final minute cut the halftime deficit to 33-20 and the club came out with a much improved energy after the break.
The Bears still led by 10 early in the second half before the Bulldogs put together a 16-5 run. Tye started the spurt with a bucket and ended it with a 3-pointer, giving CU a 44-43 advantage. Josette Campbell also hit a trifecta at the 12:07 mark, just the second made 3-pointer of the game for the home team. But Jessica Pace was called for an intentional foul after the basket and Pohl hit one foul shot on the other end, tying the game at 44 with 8:35 remaining.
From there it was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way, though the Bears scored six of the next seven points to lead 50-45 with 6:10 remaining. Pace made a layup and Tye nailed another 3-pointer, one of three for her in the game, tying the contest at 50.
Desirai Smith hit a leaner in the lane just before the shot clock expired to put Shawnee back ahead, but Campbell answered with a trifecta for a one-point CU lead with just over a minute left. The Bears turned the ball over on its next possession but the Bulldogs gave it right back with a miscue under the SSU goal.
Pohl was fouled and hit one free throw, tying the game at 53 with 25.1 seconds remaining, but she was whistled for an intentional foul as Tye raced down the floor after the foul shot. Tye made both free throws and then 1-of-2 after the inbounds play for a 56-53 edge.
Alannah Sheets missed a 3-pointer off the glass after both teams called timeout and Pace grabbed the rebound, but she barely hit the front rim on the 1-plus-1 and the ball rolled out of bounds. With no timeouts Pohl fired a fastball some 70 feet down court to Simpson, who caught the ball near the left elbow, took one dribble and stepped behind the arc for the tying 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period Sampson gave the home team the lead with a layup but missed the foul shot and TaCouya Allen answered with a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs. Smith’s free throw with 1:38 left tied the contest at 59 and a steal by Sheets set up the winning points, as she got stuck under the goal but found Pohl for another layup with 1:13 remaining.
London Elie missed a short jumper for CU and after the Bulldogs forced a shot clock violation, Allen had the final shot, but it was partially blocked near the goal. Pohl grabbed the rebound and the Bears played hot potato in the final seconds before Cumberland could foul.
Tye led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Pace finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, but the duo made just 9-of-23 shots from the field. Shawnee State outscored CU, 40-16, in the paint, especially in the first half when the visitors posted 10 assists on 15 made shots.
(men) Shawnee St. 73, Cumberland 63
A free throw by Daniel McFadden gave CU a 61-60 advantage with 4:25 left in the game, but the Bulldogs committed three costly turnovers in the ensuing four possessions to give SSU a six-point lead with 2:28 to go. McFadden connected on a layup to slice the lead to four with 1:19 to play, but the Bears went on to convert two buckets and two free throws to seal the game.
Charles Stewart had a big night for CU (8-18, 4-13), scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbing six rebounds. McFadden contributed 12 points for the Bulldogs and Jerret Towns added 10.
Stewart scored eight of the Bulldogs’ first 10 points on the night, with three of those points coming from his first 3-point goal of the season, to give CU a 10-8 lead. Cameron Prather then knocked down his first 3-pointer of the year to extend the lead to five at the 13:49 mark.
The Bulldogs led by as many as nine with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half but went without a field goal for the last six minutes of the period while the Bears went on a 12-1 to lead 39-34 at the break.
The Bears pulled ahead by eight a minute into the second half on a tip-in by Andrew Devlin before Lester Gude drilled a shot from beyond the arc to cut the lead to 43-38. In three successive possessions beginning with 15:12 on the clock, CU drained a three-pointer, one each from Prather, Towns and Gude to cut SSU’s lead to 52-51, and then took the lead on a layup by McFadden with 12:41 left to play.
A bucket by Stewart gave CU its biggest lead of half at 59-54 with 10 minutes left in the contest but the Bears responded with two jumpers to pull within one point and held Cumberland to one field goal in the final eight minutes.
For Shawnee State (16-9, 11-5), Tyler Morgan and Jeremy Bennington each scored 18 points and Morgan tallied 11 rebounds.
Cumberland wraps up the weekend at home versus the University of Rio Grande in a 2 p.m. Saturday doubleheader at the Floyd Center.