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Late run helps CU down No. 12 Freed-Hardeman
Nov 28, 2012 12:00 am
E.J. Perry hit consecutive 3-pointers to put Cumberland ahead for good and Tajadeen Adbul-Kaudeyr added a pair of buckets in the final minute in a 73-69 victory over No. 12 Freed-Hardeman in men’s basketball action Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (3-4) ended a three-game losing streak with the win and came from behind in the contest, ending the game on a 16-7 run over the final four minutes that started with Perry’s trifectas.
The junior from Westmoreland nailed back-to-back 3-pointers, the second one with 3:49 left, putting CU ahead 63-62, the team’s first lead since the opening field goal of the game. The Lions (4-5) missed a jumper on their next trip before Charles Stewart made a driving layup for a three-point edge.
Chandler Mack’s two free throws cut the deficit back to one but Stewart added two foul shots after being fouled on a rebound, part of 27 second-chance points on 22 offensive boards for the Bulldogs. Stewart then poked away the ball for a steal, with the ball bouncing right into the arms of Daniel McFadden, who was fouled and made both free throws.
Jerret Towns’ foul on a 3-pointer gave FHU a chance to cut into the deficit again, and Verkeneo Mann made all three, making it 69-67 with 1:12 remaining. But Towns made up for it with a beautiful pick-and-roll to Abdul-Kaudeyr, who banked the driving layup with 40.1 seconds to play.
Freed-Hardeman missed a pair of shot attempts on the other end and Towns fed Abdul-Kaudeyr on the breakaway for CU’s final points of the game. Towns finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, part of four players in double figures for Cumberland.
Creshaun Holt netted 12 points and nine boards and Stewart posted 12 points, two assists and three steals off the bench. Elijah Gillis recorded 11 points, eight in the first half.
Orlando Bass led the Lions with a game-high 19 points and Mack added 13 off the bench, but the Lions cooled off from the field in the second half, shooting just 35 percent compared to 58 percent in the opening period. FHU also committed 10 turnovers in the second half.
The two teams scored the nets in the opening period, combining to make 52 percent (30-of-58) from the field, including four trifectas for the Lions. Gillis netted the opening field goal of the game, but FHU raced out to an 11-5 advantage behind nine points from Bass and Mack.
Freed-Hardeman led for almost the entire rest of the game, but the Bulldogs never let the lead get out of hand, with FHU’s biggest lead at seven points late in the first period. CU tied the contest four times in the opening half but could never pull ahead, with each team answering the other with many runs.
Cumberland will host Bluefield in the home conference opener on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Bulldogs began Mid-South Conference action with three consecutive road contests, including two- and seven-point losses at Shawnee State and 25th-ranked University of the Cumberlands.