From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Brandon Springer scored 23 points and Rontreal Braxton added 18 to lead No. 7-ranked Cumberland past Bethel 81-74 Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Coach Lonnie Thompson’s squad (15-2, 5-1 TSAC) had a tough time with Bethel (10-7, 0-5).
The first half had three runs of 9-0 or more, but the second half was nip-and-tuck from the start until Bethel failed to score a basket from the 3:59 mark until just 37 seconds remained in the contest. The second half featured six ties and six lead changes.
"Offensively, we did some bone-headed things in the first half," Coach Thompson said, "we had 15 turnovers to just seven assists. We started out the game as a C-plus team, we finished up as a B-plus team."
Springer added nine rebounds, while Kenneth Simms recorded 10 points, seven boards and four blocks for Cumberland. The Bulldogs shot 55 percent for the contest, but turned the ball over 25 times, including 15 in the first half.
The Bulldogs put together a 10-0 run early in the half with buckets from Braxton and Rodney James and a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Powell for a 20-9 advantage.
But Bethel ran off nine straight points to tie the contest at 24, with three baskets from Hinton and one by Lesesene. CU answered with another 10-0 spurt, with buckets from Powell and Braxton, two by Springer and another from Turner.
Bethel cut the deficit to five, but the Bulldogs took a 36-31 lead to intermission.
In the opener, Bethel’s women used a 30-12 run in the second half to break open a tight game en route to an 80-61 victory over Cumberland.
Bethel (12-5, 3-2 TSAC) outscored the Lady Bulldogs 53-29 in the second half.
Simone Ryan and Chaquaila Gaten each scored 13 points as CU dipped to 6-13 / 2-4 in the league. Bona Ogada posted 10 points and 10 boards.