Sophomore guard Alex Flagler netted a team-high 26 points as the Cumberland men’s basketball team shot 57.8 percent from the field en route to a strong 101-66 victory over Mid-Continent on Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Flagler’s 26 points came on an 8-for-11 shooting performance including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. Junior Josh Wilkerson collected his second double-figure evening of the season with 14 points.
For the second straight game, Cumberland (2-0) found touch from behind the arc in the opening half. The Bulldogs nailed 6-of-13 in the opening stanza as part of a 56.7 percent mark from the field.
CU opened the game with a pair of threes in the opening 90 seconds from Moritz Dern and Marquel Hickerson. Following a turnover from Mid-Continent (0-3), Flagler finished in the paint to give the Bulldogs an early 8-0 lead.
Mid-Continent would play from behind for the completion of the first half, bringing the game within as close as five. Leading 35-30 with 4:15 to play, CU responded with the final 11 points of the half including four from Cameron Prather to bring the frame to a close at 46-30.
Cumberland would continue the push in the second half, this time finding a presence inside the paint. The Bulldogs recorded 24 points in the paint during the frame while hitting just 4 shots from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs kept the advantage hovering around the 20-point mark for much of the second half, spreading the wealth as eight players registered a bucket. In total, 10 Bulldogs would notch at least two points.
CU broke away in the final eight minutes as Flagler took control, scoring 21 of his points in a span of six minutes. The last time Cumberland hit 100 points came in a 101-99 overtime win over Martin Methodist on Feb. 20, 2010.
Junior Cam Akins led the Bulldogs with six rebounds, though CU was outperformed on the glass at a clip of 36-28.
Cumberland will now set off for seven-straight road games beginning with the Roadrunner Club Classic on Nov. 15-16 in Dalton, Ga. The Bulldogs will square off against Voorhees College on Friday at 5 p.m. before a 1 p.m. matchup against Morris on Saturday.
CU will not return home until Dec. 14, when Bethel descends upon the Dallas Floyd Recreation center for a 4 p.m. contest.