YEAR ENDS WITH 33-3 RECORD
FRANKFORT, KY -- No. 6-ranked Cumberland's dream season came to a screeching halt Monday in the semifinals of the NAIA National Championships with a narrow 43-41 loss to No. 7 ranked Lee University of Cleveland at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Lee's Hollie German knocked down a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds left in regulation for the final margin. CU guard Briannica Tye had a good look at a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but back-rimmed the shot at buzzer.
"I couldn't have been any more proud of these girls -- even if we had won the game," said Cumberland head coach Jeremy Lewis. "Our kids fought tooth and nail, battled through some early foul trouble, but I think the big thing was our inability to convert some offensive rebounds into baskets.
BULLETIN -- Friendship Christian quarterback A.J. Long has verbally committed to Syracuse University.
Long helped lead the Commanders to a Class 2A state championship in 2012 -- his first season at FCS after moving in from Pennsylvania.
Long completed 112-of-184 passes (60 percent) for 2,272 yards as Friendship Christian went 13-1.
He threw for 39 touchdowns with just one interception. Long also ran for 674 yards on 126 attempts (5.3 yards per rush) and scored 12 touchdowns.
Long was named All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and was voted Co-Offensive MVP of Region 4A.