A putback by Yolanda Davis with three-tenths of a seconds remaining was the winning points, as No. 7 Cumberland survived for a 66-64 victory over 21st-ranked Georgetown College here Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (14-1, 5-1 Mid-South) started the game with a 20-5 run and led 44-30 at the half before extending the lead to 61-40 with 4:50 to play on a breakaway layup by Samantha Harper. But the Tigers (9-6, 3-3), who entered the game attempting more than 17 3-pointers per game, caught fire from behind the arc, making six consecutive trifectas, including three by Kourtney Tyra and a pair from Andrea Howard, the last one tying the contest with 13.7 seconds remaining.
Cumberland called timeout with 5.0 seconds left and ran a play for Casie Cowan, whose baseline jumper sailed over the rim into the arms of Davis and the senior’s putback gave the Bulldogs the win. Davis’ driving layup with 1:10 to play ended an 18-0 spurt by the Tigers, but Tyra answered with her third 3-pointer in just over four minutes before Briannica Tye was fouled underneath CU’s goal and was down for several minutes after hitting her head on the floor.
Cowan came on to make 1-of-2 foul shots before Howard’s 3-pointer from the wing tied the contest, part of a 24-3 run by Georgetown before the final bucket for the Bulldogs. CU played without leading scorer and rebounder Jessica Pace and Josette Campbell, another starter, played just eight minutes because of sickness that is running through the squad right now.
Davis, London Elie and Calamity Jane Coley each scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs, while TaCouya Allen chipped in nine points and eight rebounds and Elie blocked a season-best five shots and grabbed nine boards.
Tyra led all scorers with 19 points and handed out six assists, Howard and Lizza Jonas each netted 12 and Devon Golden finished with 10. Jonas added 10 boards for her fifth double-double of the season and Golden added pulled down boards.
The Bulldogs started the game quickly, racing out to a 20-5 advantage just seven minutes into the contest thanks to great work in the paint by Elie and Coley, who combined for 12 points during the stretch. Allen also hit a pair of 3-pointers, breaking out of a shooting slump from behind the arc.
CU pushed its advantage to 30-10 after a putback from Coley at 8:01 of the first half, but the Tigers responded with a 13-2 spurt. Howard hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws and Jonas ended the run, hitting one free throw and then nailing a trifecta after GC got the offensive rebound on the second foul shot.
Tye quickly made a layup plus the foul on the other end, stemming the tide for the Bulldogs. The CU point guard made another jumper and Cowan hit a layup and a 3-pointer, as the home team took a 44-30 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs shot 57 percent in the half and Elie led the way with 10 points. Jonas also had 10 and Kourtney Tyra added nine for the Tigers.
Cumberland was in complete control of the game in the second half with a 61-40 advantage with just less than five minutes to play. Georgetown was just 4-of-21 from behind the arc before the game-ending run that nearly handed CU its second straight loss after 13 consecutive wins to start the year.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for the next four games, starting with contests at Virginia-Wise and Pikeville on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.