Tempo Fuels 90-67 Win at Freewill in Music City
NASHVILLE, TN - The Ohio Christian men's basketball team travelled to Music City over the weekend and were in perfect harmony as they came away with a 90-67 victory over Mid-East Region rival, Freewill Baptist. The Trailblazers came out playing fast and were committed to the transition game. OCU was hitting early as they hit two quick buckets in the first 30 seconds to take a 5-0 lead. Tirrell Cumberland was a marksman from three point range in the first half as he hit his first three triples of the night, going 4 for 4 as OCU took an early 12 point lead. Wesley Russell also connected on his first 4 shots of the game and scored 14 first half points, as he helped the Blazers take a 20 point lead into the locker room at halftime with the score 53-33 in favor of OCU.
OCU went on to lead by as many as 28 in the second half before Freewill rallied back with an 8-0 run of their own, fueled by a pair of three point baskets. The host Flames fought back to within 15 points on several occassions but the game was never in question as the OCU rebounding and tempo proved to be too much. The Blazers connected on back to back three pointers late in the 2nd half to push the lead back to 20 in the closing minutes. OCU went on to win 90-67 to remain undefeated in Mid-East Region play.
The Blazers outrebounded the Flames 41-25 with 21 of those rebounds being offensive rebounds. OCU dished out 25 assists while committing 13 turnovers. The Ohio Christian defense swiped 13 steals and forced 20 turnovers in the win.
OCU was led by Tirrell Cumberland who scored a team high 21 points and 5 steals. Mike Farrell had a big performance with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Wesley Russell tossed in 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting while also dishing out 7 assists. Mo Fall had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kenny Cooper owned the glass with a game high 13 rebounds while also scoring 8 points. Delorean Glanton added 6 points and 5 assists while Milen Kostov added 4 points and 4 assists.
Ohio Christian is back in action on Tuesday night when they take on regional rival Kentucky Christian at 8:00PM. The game is scheduled to be a "White Out" as all fans and students will be packing the stands in white shirts.