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HOOPS -- First half dooms CU men

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Bulldogs play at Fisk Saturday
LEBANON -- A solid second half wasn't enough to overcome a poor start Thursday night as Cumberland dropped an 81-73 loss to Martin Methodist at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs trailed by by 12 at intermission after Martin closed out the half on a 20-9 run (50-38) and went on to fall to 4-2 on the season heading into a Saturday afternoon game at Fisk University in Nashville.

Cumberland's Devarus Craig netted 15 points and Cedric Nash added 14 to lead four players in double figure as the RedHawks (2-1) avenged a loss to the Bulldogs last week in Pulaski.

Martin Methodist hit 7-of-12 from 3-point range in the opening half and shot 53 percent from the field, with Oskar Reinfelds hitting three of the trifectas and scoring 15 points in the period. Cumberland trailed by nine early but battled back to take a 20-19 edge behind three straight buckets from Craig and a 3-pointer by Mark Brown.

Ronell Abaekobe's bucket with 6:09 left in the half pulled CU within 28-26. Abaekobe scored all 11 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.

The RedHawks responded with the 20-9 run that featured 3-pointers from Broderick Davis, Caleb Chowbay and Reinfelds and seven total points for Davis, whose layup with a minute left in the period gave MMC its biggest lead of the half, 48-35. Abaekobe hit a trifecta for Cumberland but Reinfelds added a layup in the final 10 seconds for a 50-38 RedHawks lead at intermission.

Martin Methodist increased its lead to as many as 17 points in the first four-plus minutes of the second half with another 3-pointer by Davis, who finished with 19 points along with Reinfelds. Cumberland put together a 16-5 spurt over the next five minutes, which included a pair of 3-pointers for DeQuan Bond and Marquel Hickerson, pulling CU within 64-58 with 10:14 remaining.

Darius Forrest and Chowbay scored the next 11 points for the RedHawks, pushing their lead back to 11, but another 3-pointer from Hickerson cut the deficit to eight and 1-of-2 free throws by Craig made it a seven-point game, but that was as close as Cumberland would get until the final seconds.

Chowbay posted 17 points and Forrest finished with 16 and 11 rebounds for the winners. Martin Methodist shot 9-of-19 from behind the arc in the contest.

Bond posted 11 points for CU, Brown added seven points and seven boards and Hickerson recorded nine points, six assists and three assists.

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