Brown has 19 in Wednesday's win
LEBANON -- Mark Brown made both ends of the 1-and-1 with 2.9 seconds remaining and DeQuan Bond collected steals on consecutive possession to preserve Cumberland's 78-74 victory over Oakwood University Wednesday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (2-0) blew a 12-point halftime lead in the first five minutes of the second half, with two 3-pointers from Jordan Riley and another by Michael Middleton giving the Ambassadors (3-3) their first lead of the game at the 15:11 mark.
Cumberland answered with a 15-7 spurt over the next five minutes led by six points from Jamonte Graham and a three-ball by Brown from the corner.
It was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way, with Cumberland taking the lead for good on a layup by Marquel Hickerson, but the Bulldogs' lead was never more than three points until the Brown's two free throws in the final seconds.
Graham hit a runner in the lane with 2:32 to play and a tip-in by Devarus Craig made it 74-71 CU with 1:30 remaining.
Cedric Nash hit two foul shots with 42.4 seconds remaining before knocking away a pass that ended up in the hands of Bond on Oakwood's next possession.
Bond missed the front end of the 1-and-1 at the other end with 18.1 seconds to play, but made up for it on the other end with his second straight steal.
Brown, a transfer from Shorter College, iced the game with the two free throws with 2.9 seconds to play.
Brown paced the Bulldogs with 19 points and tied for team lead with seven rebounds, while Graham netted 12 points off the bench.
Delaryn Dodd, Will Shelton and Craig all finished with 10 points as well and Craig posted seven boards.
Hickerson finished with four points, eight assists, seven caroms and three steals in 36 minutes of action.
Cumberland heads to Columbia, Mo., this weekend to face host and 16th-ranked Columbia College on Friday at 7 p.m. and William Woods University on Saturday at 1 p.m.
CU's women, 1-0 following Monday's 70-59 victory at Martin Methodist, are scheduled to entertain Auburn-Montgomery Sunday afternoon.
Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Following Sunday's contest, the Cumberland women face four straight games on the road before returning to Lebanon Saturday, Nov. 21 for a 4 p.m. encounter with Mid-America Christian College.