The squad stood 4-4 overall after pulling out a 94-92 overtime win over visiting Bluefield College Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland blew an 18-point lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but mustered enough in the overtime to come away with the Mid-South Conference victory.
Terry Williams was clutch in the extra period, hitting both of his free throws and a layup for his only, but very timely, points on the night.
Three of Charles Stewarts eight points also came in the final stanza, one a driving layup with just over two minutes to go and the backend of two free throws to give CU its two point lead with 1.2 seconds remaining.
After Stewarts point, Bluefield called a timeout and returned with the ball on Cumberlands baseline, trailing 94-92. With Williams outstretched arms defending the inbounder, BCs pass was smacked back out-of-bounds, leaving only .4 seconds on the clock and the game in CUs hands after the Rams could not convert a final play, giving the Bulldogs their first MSC win.
Brian Blackmon and Elijah Gillis each had career-highs, with Blackmon scoring 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and Gillis posting 17 points and seven rebounds. Jerret Towns provided an all-around game for the Bulldogs, compiling ten points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists.
IN THURSDAY'S OPENER -- The CU women ended the first half on a 27-9 run and then held Bluefield without a point for the first nine minutes after the break in an 81-40 victory at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Jessica Pace posted her 16th career double-double, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Josette Campbell and TaCouya Allen each netted 13 points and Simone Ryan added 12 points and seven boards off the bench. Briannica Tye handed out a team-best eight assists and Campbell added four assists, four steals and four blocks along with six rebounds.
The Bulldogs stayed perfect on the young season, moving to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in Mid-South Conference action.
The CU women not play again for 15 days due to a scheduling quirk and finals for the student-athletes. The Bulldogs return to action December 14-15 in the 9th annual Rosa Stokes Classic, facing Spelman College and Berea College.