Wilkerson, Hickerson help CU men end 8-game slide

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:03 PM

Marquel Hickerson and Josh Wilkerson combined for 35 points off the bench and the duo knocked down all six free-throw attempts in the final seconds to preserve a 59-49 victory over Shawnee State here Thursday night in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Both teams shot just 34 percent from the field and combined for 35 turnovers in the contest, a game in which the Bulldogs (13-13, 5-12 Mid-South) led just 22-16 at the half. The Bears (9-19, 4-13) did not score a field goal over the last 11:11 of the opening period, missing nine shots and committing six turnovers during the stretch.

Cumberland closed the half on an 11-1 run, with four points apiece from Hickerson and Lester Gude, until a foul near midcourt by senior Lamar Brinkley with 0.7 seconds remaining put SSU at the foul line. Dante Dunston made two of the three attempts, cutting the Bulldog lead to six at the break.

Mark Bryant hit a 3-pointer and Nick Gouch added a layup for the Bears in the first three minutes of the second half, cutting the CU lead to 24-23, but Wilkerson answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play and then hit another layup to swing momentum back to the home team.

Cumberland led just 33-29 with 11:16 remaining after an Andrew Bendolph jumper for Shawnee State, but Hickerson nailed consecutive 3-pointers, pushing the lead to eight, though Trevor Banks answered for the Bears with a bucket and then his own trifecta, making it a four-point game again with 8:06 to play.

The Bulldogs put together an 11-1 spurt over the next six-plus minutes, with nine of the points at the foul line. The squad missed numerous chances for three-point plays during the stretch, but stepped to the charity stripe to knock down shots, making 9-of-11. That built the lead to 51-37 with just under two minutes to play, but the Bears would not go away.

Ethan Moffatt came off the bench and made two straight 3-pointers before a turnover in the corner by the Bulldogs set up another trifecta for Banks, cutting the deficit to five with just under a minute remaining. Cumberland made 7-of-8 at the foul line in the final minute, sealing the win and ending an eight-game losing streak for the club.

Wilkerson finished 10-of-12 at the foul line and posted 16 points, while Hickerson netted 19. The two players were the only ones in double figures for Cumberland.

Bryant led the Bears with 12 points before fouling out and Banks recorded eight.

Cumberland will end the regular season Saturday with a 4 p.m. home contest against Rio Grande. Kenneth Stripling, Lamar Brinkley, E.J. Perry, Terry Williams and Lester Gude will be honored as part of Senior Day activities before the game.

Allen, Coley's double-doubles not enough for CU women

TaCouya Allen and Calamity Jane Coley each posted double-doubles, leading four players in double figures for Cumberland, but Alannah Sheets netted 23 points and Diane Abbady added 20 and nine boards, leading Shawnee State to a 77-74 victory Thursday night in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (9-16, 5-12 Mid-South) trailed the entire contest and was behind, 76-66, with two minutes to play before making a furious comeback thanks to three turnovers and two missed 1-and-1’s from the Bears (17-11, 10-7), who have won seven straight games.

Cowan Casie hit a baseline jumper off an inbounds and after Sheets hit 1-of-2 foul shots, Allen nailed her third 3-pointer of the game, making it a six-point deficit. Priscila Santos missed the front end of a 1-and-1, setting up a Cowan drive to the basket that resulted in a layup plus the foul. The senior made the free throw, making it 77-74 with 12.6 seconds remaining.

SSU’s Abby Feuchter was fouled with 6.1 seconds remaining and she also missed the first foul shot, giving CU one last chance. Cowan dribbled up the sideline and was fouled with 1.4 seconds left. The Bears were not over the limit and Cowan’s final heave front halfcourt hit the backboard but was wide right, ending the Bulldogs chance of making the conference tournament next week with the loss.

Allen finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season, while Coley posted 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 11 boards, her first career double-double.

Sheets netted 22 of her 23 points in the first half, making five 3-pointers, and Abbady picked up the slack after the break, collecting 14 of her 20 in the second half. Santos added 17 points, including two jumpers at the end of the shot clock in the final seven minutes.

Cowan netted 18 points with three 3-pointers and Katie Smith added 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs.

Both teams started the game with 6-0 runs, but the first 3-pointer of the game for Sheets put the Bears ahead for good with 17:14 left in the first half. The Bulldogs pulled within 13-11 at the 15:17 mark with a trifecta from the wing by Cowan and Allen’s layup three minutes later also made it a two-point game, but Sheets nailed three straight 3-pointers as part of an 11-2 run by the Bears, giving the visitors a 28-17 advantage.

Cowan’s trifecta ended the SSU spurt and Cumberland netted six straight points – four from Coley – and trailed just 33-28 with 6:34 left in the period, but CU did not score a field goal for the next five minutes, missing six straight shots and committing four turnovers.

Shawnee State posted seven points during the dry spell for its biggest lead of the half. Cowan’s 3-pointer from the corner with 11 seconds left in the period cut the deficit to 42-33 at the break, with Coley posting 10 points and Cowan nine for the Bulldogs in the first 20 minutes. Sheets led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 7-of-14 shots overall and 5-for-9 from behind the arc.

Cumberland will end the regular season Saturday with a 2 p.m. home contest against Rio Grande. Allen and Cowan will be honored along with five men’s players as part of Senior Day activities at the conclusion of the women’s game.

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