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Bulldogs hold off Bethel; advance to TranSouth semifinals

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The Wildcats tied the game at 53 with 2:48 to play on a jumper by Erin Harris, but Stewarts bucket plus the foul put CU ahead for good with 1:28 remaining. From there the Bulldogs hit their foul shots, defeating Bethel for the third time this season and keeping their postseason hopes alive.

Sweat finished with 11 points and Lamar Brinkley and Johnny Williams each posted 10 while Brinkley grabbed eight rebounds. CU won the battle of the boards, 36-21, keeping Bethel off the offensive glass, where the visitors had just five caroms.

Bethel stayed in the game because the Bulldogs committed 19 turnovers, which led to 20 Wildcat points, including 14 in the second half. Cumberland won the game by making 17-of-24 at the foul line overall, including 11 of the final 13 shots at the charity stripe.

George Coleman led Bethel with 17 points and Hardy added 14, but BU was just 1-for-7 from 3-point range.

In the first half Bethels 12-1 spurt helped BU build a 14-7 advantage in the early going. Coleman and Hardy each scored four points during the stretch, as CU did not score a field goal for more than seven minutes.

CU answered with a 9-2 run that tied the game at 16, with Stewart and Kyle Upton hitting all nine points. The Bulldogs put together an 11-0 spurt later in the period behind three points each from Sweat and Brinkley, but Bethel came back with seven straight points, including three free throws by Jarvis Palmer. Uptons baseline jumper just before the horn gave CU a 32-29 lead at intermission.

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