Monday, March 9, 2015

Campbellsville University Wins Mid-South Conference Tournament

Campbellsville 72
Cumberlands 69

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Championship

Game recap by CU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Campbellsville University was able to hold on down the stretch and won its second Mid-South Conference Championship, 72-69 over University of the Cumberlands on Sunday afternoon.

After not scoring in the first half, senior D'Von Campbell exploded out of the second-half gates and scored 11-straight points with nine of those coming from behind the arc. The senior from Arlington, Texas finished with a team-high 16 points and knocked down 4-of-6 3-pointers in the second half.

Fellow seniors Eric Gaines and Damontre Harris both finished in double digits with Gaines pitching in 14 points and Harris finishing with 13. Harris also grabbed 11 rebounds for his MSC leading 17th double-double of the season.

The Tigers will now await to see if they played their way into a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NAIA National Tournament. The selection show will air Wednesday, March 11 on the NAIA Sports Network.

Campbellsville led by as many 14 points with 7:26 remaining but the Tigers went mightily cold from the floor. CU finished the final seven-plus minutes without a field goal, going 0-for-7.

Cumberlands' Iven Rosier heated up and sparked a 10-0 run for the Patriots. He drilled two-straight 3s and a layup to cut the margin to four, 68-64. Karon Pratt and Rosier came into the tournament hitting only 15 3-pointers all season but the duo hit five against the Tigers today.

Adkins called a timeout to cool the hot hands of Cumberlands and it seemed to work but Campbellsville never could recover offensively.

The only points for Campbellsville in the final 7:26 came from the free throw line. CU hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

The Patriots had a chance down the stretch but smart coaching and great timing by Campbell did not give Cumberlands a chance. Campbell hit two free throws to push the Tigers ahead, 71-68 with 5.9 seconds left and then fouled Xaiver Owens when he crossed the midcourt stripe to not allow the Patriots a 3-point shot attempt.

Complete Recap

Tournament Recap

First Round

Shawnee State 70 Cumberland (TN) 59


Pikeville 87 Shawnee State 77
Cumberlands 65 Lindsey Wilson 64
Campbellsville 71 St. Catharine 50
Georgetown 107 Life 89


Cumberlands 66 Pikeville 60
Campbellsville 78 Georgetown 72


Campbellsville 72 Cumberlands 69

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