No. 11 Freed-Hardeman men run away from Phoenix 99-69

Jan. 13—HENDERSON — No. 11 Freed-Hardeman used multiple big runs to pull away from Cumberland's men in the Mid-South Conference opener 99-69.

Cumberland dropped its sixth straight game with the loss falling to 4-11 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Phoenix shot 37.3% from the field and 7-of-23 from the 3. The Phoenix got the line often scoring 18 of 24 free throws.

Demarius Boyd posted his fifth 20-point game this season finishing with a game-high 20. Boyd had 10 of his points coming from the free throw. Keyshawn Robinson was the only other Phoenix to finish with double-figure points right at 10.

Freed-Hardeman (15-2) had everything going their way as the Lions knocked down 40 of 63 shots and 7 of 16 3s. Five Lions finish in double figures as Quan Lax led the team in scoring at 17.

Cumberland started the game well knocking down two quick 3s. But after that the Phoenix fell cold and allowed Freed-Hardeman to go on a 12-0 run. The Phoenix withstood that run and were in the game, but another 10-0 spurt put the Lions up 34-18 with five minutes left in the half. Cumberland brought it back to an 11-point deficit at the half at 48-37.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were back and forth as Freed-Hardeman still had an 11-point lead with 10 minutes to play at 67-55. After that the Lions went on a 20-0 run to put the game out of hand before winning 99-69.

Cumberland will host Campbellsville today in the first home game of 2024. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. following the women's game at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena/Cliff Ellis Court.

No. 24 Lady Lions pull away in fourth to win MSC opener

HENDERSON — The game was within two possessions going into the fourth quarter Thursday night, No. 24 Freed-Hardeman pulled away in the fourth to defeat Cumberland's women 63-57.

Cumberland fell to .500 on the season with the loss at 7-7 and 0-1 in Mid-South Conference. The Phoenix shot just 38% from the field, but were efficient from deep going 5-of-8 from 3. CU also went 14-for-18 from the line.

Kayla Gordon led Cumberland in scoring finishing with 20 points, her third 20-point game of the season. Gordon finished 6-of-13 from the field with four rebounds. Maddie Brillhart scored 10 points all in the first half with two made 3s. Lindsey Freeman was the only other Phoenix in double figures at 11 points, going 4-of-12 from the field.

Freed-Hardeman finished the game shooting 49% from the field and ended 6-of-16 from 3. Rachel Satterly led the Lady Lions in scoring with 15 points. Satterly had just two points towards the end of the third quarter before catching fire and leading the Lady Lions to the win in the fourth. Kaylee Odom and Elli Chumley each had double-figure points with 11 and 10, respectively.

The defense started the game strong for the Phoenix picking up two shot-clock violations on Freed and drawing a charge. The defensive efforts helped Cumberland to a 4-3 lead at the first break with 4:57 left in the first.

The second half of the first quarter saw a lot more action as Cumberland got going after an offensive rebound and a putback from Goehring. After the Phoenix got up 7-4, Freed-Hardeman went on a 4-0 spurt to tie the game and from there the game went back and forth with four lead changes in the first. The Lady Lions led 16-14 going to the second.

The second quarter Cumberland got it going from 3 as the Phoenix knocked down four triples. Freeman and Brillhart each hit two as Brillhart scored eight in the quarter as Cumberland outscored Freed-Hardeman 17-12 to take a 31-28 lead in the half.

Freed-Hardeman scored the first two baskets of the to regain the lead, but Gordon quickly answered. After back-and-forth action in a slow scoring quarter, Cumberland led 39-38, but the Lady Lions scored the final four points of the period for a 42-39 lead going to the fourth.

The Lady Lions used that momentum from the third and scored the first four baskets of the quarter to put Cumberland in a 10-point deficit 49-39 on a 12-0 run. Cumberland got back within five points at 55-50, but a basket and a 3 from Satterly put Freed back up 10 with 1:47 to play.

The Phoenix made a push with a couple of stops and turnovers, but ran out of time as Freed-Hardeman would win the conference opener, 63-57.

Cumberland will be at home today to take on No. 3 Campbellsville at 1 p.m. in the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena/Cliff Ellis Court