Coley’s career-high 31 spells Calamity for Milligan

Men's hoops stays unbeaten with 83-80 OT victory
Dec 17, 2013
Calamity Jane Coley



Calamity Jane Coley scored a career-best 31 points and TaCouya Allen posted nine points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, as 22nd-ranked Cumberland used a 15-2 run to break open a close game in the second half en route to a 70-50 victory over Milligan here Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Coley connected on 15 of 19 shots from the floor, almost all of them of the 2- and 3-foot- variety over an undersized Milligan squad. The Bulldogs (6-4) scored the first seven points and 15 of the first 17 of the second half, forcing a pair of Buffaloes (8-5) timeouts in the opening three-plus minutes of the period.

Allen set career-highs for rebounds and assists and added a pair of blocks in the victory. Casie Cowan hit a pair of 3-pointers and registered 14 points while Katie Smith netted 10 points with 11 boards, her second career double-double.

Cumberland led 35-27 at the break but Cowan knocked away a pass on the defensive end and nailed a trifecta on the other end to start the second half. Smith hit a pair of jumpers in the lane before a Cowan baseline jumper stretched the lead to 44-27. Coley added two more buckets and Allen had a putback between those shots for a 50-29 advantage with 16:31 remaining in the game.

Milligan never got closer than 14 the rest of the way and struggled from the field the entire game, making just 27 percent (17-of-64). Chelsey Weddle was the only Buffaloes player in double figures, scoring 10 points, and Callie Cox added nine.

Allison Jones had a steal and layup to start the game for Milligan, but Coley posted the next six points before a putback by Allen. Another field goal for Coley and a jumper by Cowan pushed the lead to 12-5 just six minutes into the contest, but Milligan hung around, taking advantage of 10 first-half turnovers by the Bulldogs.

Cox’s 3-pointer from the wing cut the CU lead to just 16-13, but Allen answered with a trifecta from the corner. Two free throws by Kayla Kelly made it a two-point contest, but Cowan came back with a 3-pointer, beginning a 10-1 spurt by Cumberland near the end of the half.

Cowan added another jumper and Tasia Blue hit a runner before another bucket and a free throw by Coley, who scored 19 points in the period on 9-of-12 shooting. Brooke White’s 3-pointer for the Buffaloes ended the run and Kelly added an old-fashioned 3-point play in the final minute, but Coley’s last bucket in the opening 20 minutes with 27 seconds left gave Cumberland a 35-27 advantage at the break.

Cumberland will take a break for the holidays and return to the court Jan. 2 and 4, hosting St. Catharine and seventh-ranked Campbellsville in Mid-South Conference action.

Two nights earlier, Casie Cowan posted a game-high 19 points while Brittany Lawson added 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals, as Cumberland avenged an early-season loss with a 69-54 victory over 13th-ranked Talladega at the Dallas Floyd Center.

The Bulldogs (5-4) played just their second home game of the season and first since Nov. 5. CU dropped an 85-76 decision to the Tornadoes (11-1) on the road on Nov. 26, committing 23 turnovers in the loss. This time Cumberland did a better job handling the Talladega press, at least for most of the contest, and hit free throws over the final five minutes, stretching a nine-point advantage to as many as 18.

Cowan scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half, most of them from the charity stripe, with the senior nailing 10-of-14. TaCouya Allen finished with 15 points and five boards and was 7-for-8 at the foul line.

Jamie Robinson led the Tornadoes with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but Talladega shot just 32 percent from the field, including 4-of-23 from behind the arc, and turned the ball over 20 times. Arielle George was the only other Talladega player in double figures, finishing with 10 points, but eight of those came in the first half.

The Bulldogs jumped out early in the contest thanks to a 7-for-7 effort from Lawson in the first nine-plus minutes. The junior netted the first eight points of the game and CU raced out to a 23-9 advantage on Lawson’s final bucket of the half at the 10:19 mark.

But Cumberland did not have a field goal for the next nine minutes, hitting four free throws during the stretch and missing nine shot attempts and four foul shots as well as committing four turnovers. Cowan’s fastbreak layup plus the free throw ended a 16-4 run by the Tornadoes in the final minute of the half.

George knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during the stretch and Jordin Feldman added a pair of buckets. George’s free throws with 2:16 left in the period cut the CU advantage to 27-25, as close as Talladega had been since the first three minutes of the game.

Robinson made 1 of 2 foul shots with 2.9 seconds left in the half and Tasia Blue’s 50-footer at the horn back-rimmed, sending the Bulldogs to intermission with a 31-26 lead.

Ryann Drear’s field goal at the 17-minute mark of the second half made it a two-point game, but the Bulldogs responded with a 12-3 spurt highlighted by five points each from Cowan and Allen. Each connected on a 3-pointer during the run, the last one from Allen pushing CU’s advantage to 46-35 with 13:34 remaining in the contest.

The lead stayed between nine and 12 points until Talladega began fouling with just under five minutes to play. The Bulldogs hit 9 of 10 foul shots over the next three minutes, icing the victory and pushing CU over the .500 mark for the first time all season.

Cumberland will take a break for the holidays and return to the court Jan. 2 and 4, hosting St. Catharine and seventh-ranked Campbellsville in Mid-South Conference action.

Men's hoops stays unbeaten with 83-80 OT victory

Daniel McFadden hit two free throws with.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime and Marquel Hickerson scored nine of his 21 points in the extra frame, as 23rd-ranked Cumberland won a seesaw affair over long-time foe Bethel, 83-80, here Saturday in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (9-0) remained undefeated but not without angst, as a jump hook from Walt Andrews with exactly five seconds left in regulation gave the Wildcats (9-4) a 72-70 advantage. But Alex Flagler raced up the floor with the ball and found McFadden streaking to the hoop along the baseline. The junior was fouled and in his first game of the season, calmly nailed two foul shots with 0.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Hickerson took over from there, hitting a long 3-pointer as the shot clock was set to expire before nailing another trifecta from the top of the key. He added a baseline runner off the glass and then one free throw with 9.3 seconds remaining. He missed the second free throw though, giving Bethel one last chance, but Justin Williamson’s 3-pointer from the corner didn’t hit anything and the Bulldogs survived.

McFadden had Cumberland’s only other points in the extra period, hitting two free throws in four chances. The contest featured 13 ties and 17 lead changes, most of them in the first half before CU used a 15-7 spurt to end the period. The Bulldogs led most of the second half, though the Wildcats pulled in front with a 12-3 run just after the intermission.

Six quick points from Cumberland gave the home team back the lead and CU led by as many as seven after a Flagler free throw with 4:11 remaining. But Bethel moved into a 3-2 zone that stymied the Bulldogs offense. Hickerson’s finger-roll were the only points over the final four-plus minutes for CU until McFadden’s two foul shots, with Lester Gude missing two free throws and a 3-pointer and Flagler’s jumper rimming out.

Andrews was almost too much for the Bulldogs to handle in the paint, with the senior leading five Bethel players in double figures with 19 points. He started the final push with a bucket underneath and Williams added a layup plus the foul, cutting the CU advantage to 70-66. Williams added two foul shots before Marcus Bowins made two more at the charity stripe, but the Wildcats struggled at the free throw line for the game, connecting on just 22-of-36.

Bowins’ two shots tied the game at 70 and after the teams traded turnovers, Gude’s 3-pointer near the end of the shot clock was no good, setting up what looked to be the final shot for Bethel. Andrews took the feed in the paint and hit the six-foot hook shot before the final heroics from McFadden helped Cumberland remained among the likes of the undefeated.

Flagler finished with 14 points and Josh Wilkerson added 12, both off the bench. Kenneth Stripling posted 10 points and four assists but battled foul trouble most of the second half. Moritz Dern led the Bulldogs on the glass with nine rebounds before fouling out.

Williams registered 16 points for the Wildcats, while Gary Pollard added 13 points and Cole Nelson had 11. Williamson posted 10 points as well despite not playing the first half, and Bowins scored just four points but grabbed 16 boards.

Neither team was able to pull away in the first half, with nine ties and 11 lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. The Wildcats held the biggest advantage most of the period (4 points) until a late run by the Bulldogs.

Cumberland put together an 8-2 spurt over a three-minute stretch in the latter stages of the half, with the last six points coming from Stripling. The senior drove to the basket, drew the contact and knocked down the hoop-and-some-harm for an old-fashioned 3-point play. The next time down the floor he nailed a trifecta near the top of the key for a 32-26 advantage with 4:31 left in the period.

Wilkerson’s 3-pointer from the corner with three seconds left in the half pushed the lead to 39-31 at the break, with Wilkerson contributing a team-high 10 points in the period. The Bulldogs got 22 points off the bench in the opening 20 minutes, including six from Flagler and four by McFadden to go with Wilkerson’s 10.

Cumberland will play again this weekend in the Carpet City Christmas Classic in Dalton, Ga., taking on Belhaven and Concordia-Selma.



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