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LEBANON -- One night, two victories. Cumberland’s basketball teams pulled off a doubleheader sweep Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center as the CU ladies dumped Bryan College 62-45 followed by their male counterparts knocking off Talladega 71-68.

The CU women are back in action Thursday as they visit Bryan in Dayton at 5 p.m.  The Bulldogs will be off until December 14 when they travel to Kentucky Wesleyan in their last contest of the calendar year.

CU 62, Bryan 45 women  -- Casie Cowan hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points in Cumberland’s 62-45 victory over Bryan College in women’s basketball action Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Cumberland (5-3) started game with a 12-1 run and led by 13 at the half.

But the Lions (5-4) scored eight straight points in the middle of the second half, including four from Anna Thomas, to climb within 43-34 with 10:12 remaining in the game. Cumberland answered with a 10-2 spurt, with Ashley Whitmore and Jessica Pace scoring all 10 points for CU.

The Lady Bulldogs pulled away from there, with Pace scoring 11 of her 15 points in the second half.

CU 71, Talladega 68 men -- Lindal Yarbrough and Walter Simon took over the second half and Yarbrough blocked a potential game-tying 3-pointer with six seconds remaining to lift Cumberland to a 71-68 win over Talladega Monday at the Floyd Center.

In a game that featured six ties and a dozen lead changes, including one with 43 seconds left on the second-half clock when Yarbrough made the first of two free throws.

CU (3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory. Coach Lonnie Thompson’s squad was never able to extend the gap any further than four points after battling back from 11 early in the second half.

Trailing by eight at the break, Cumberland got buckets from Yarbrough and Walter Simon and allowed just a free throw in the first minute to cut the deficit to five.

Yarbrough’s 20 led all scorers, while Simon (18-9) missed a double-double by one rebound. Kyle Upton had 16 points, while Lamar Brinkley snagged 13 boards.

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