Andrew Rogan made six 3-pointers and posted a career-high 27 points, leading five players in double figures and Cumberland netted 63 points in the first half en route to a 100-88 victory over Oakwood University in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.
The Phoenix (5-0) connected on 12-of-22 attempts from behind the arc, including 7-for-10 in the first half, taking a 63-46 advantage at intermission. Rogan was on fire in the period, hitting 5-of-6 triples and netting 22 points. Cumberland also forced 14 turnovers by the Ambassadors (3-4), turning those into 15 points in the first 20 minutes.
The Phoenix pushed the lead to 20 just over five minutes into the second half with the second of three 3-pointers by Jason Williams. Oakwood did not get closer than 14 until the final 90 seconds of the contest.
Shamari Denson collected 18 points, making 9-of-10 at the foul line, while Ty Sean Powell posted 14 points and Isaac Stephens added 13 points and nine rebounds. Tranard Chester finished with a dozen points and Deiontay Walters recorded nine of the team’s 17 assists in the contest.
Oakwood’s Talik Talton led all scorers with 33 points, hitting 14 of 21 from the field, while DeSham Hotobah-During registered 16 points, Xa’Zavier Jones posted 14 points and Marquise Hudson netted 11.
Both teams started quickly, with Cumberland racing out to a 16-11 advantage just over five minutes into the contest.
Rogan made a 3-pointer and later was fouled on a 3-point attempt, knocking down all three foul shots, while Denson added a layup and two free throws. Talton matched the Phoenix, though, opening with a 3-pointer and adding a layup and one of his many dunks in the first half.
Rogan connected on three straight triples over a 75-second stretch midway through the period, extending the lead to 27-17, but Jones answered with a three for Oakwood and another dunk from Talton made it a nine-point game.
Cumberland put together a 10-2 spurt over the next three minutes, starting with yet another 3-pointer by Rogan. Walters and Stephens added baskets before a triple by Chester extended the advantage to 41-24.
Powell posted two layups and a dunk later in the half, keeping the Ambassadors at bay despite the best efforts of Hotobah-During, who netted 12 consecutive points for Oakwood. Talton made four free throws after a foul and a technical assessed to CU and he added a layup, making it 55-42 Phoenix.
Denson answered with a 3-pointer and Rogan got a steal and a dunk before a final run-out slam by Powell just before the halftime buzzer.
Cumberland will play exhibition games at Chattanooga on Tuesday and Union University on Wednesday next week.