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Patriots Give #1 Cougars a Close Call

The University of the Cumberlands Patriot Men’s Basketball Team was pleased to have their two new additions to the roster with them in their game against the Cougars of Mountain State University on Saturday. Transfer Terrance Asmond (Columbia, SC) contributed 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists to the Patriot’s attempt to upset No. 1 Mountain State (16-0). Despite putting up a great effort, the Patriots were defeated 97-90.

The Cougars drew first blood when Tyrice Watkins hit a three off the opening tip. However the Patriots kept their composure and ended up scoring seven unanswered points. The Patriots found themselves up by as much as four in the first half, until with just under 14 minutes left in the half, Adron Marshall hit a three to regain the lead for the Cougars. Although Cumberlands was able to tie up the match a couple of times in the second half, they would be unable to re-capture the lead.

Chad Byron (Louisville, KY), Luke Fitzgerald (Cleveland, OH), Josh Phillips (Greenville, NC), and Mike Gibson (Chicago, IL) each had double figures in the scoring column with 23, 22, 18, and 11 points respectively. Phillips also ripped down 12 boards, to record his fifth double-double of the season.

Overall the Patriots went 29-55 (52.7%) from the field, 6-17 (35.3%) from behind the arc, and 26-37 (70.3%) from the line. They fell by only seven points to a team averaging 26 point wins. Cumberlands out rebounded Mountain State 33-29, an impressive feat considering the Cougars are second in the country in total rebounds.

The Patriots are now 8-8 overall, and have only three games before conference play starts up. They will be hosting Tennessee Temple on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 PM as well as University of Cincinnati-Clermont on Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 PM.

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