By Daylin Davis, Student Reporter
Juwan Gooding of Central Penn College scored the game-winning basket to give the Knights a victory over the no. 5 ranked NAIA Division l University of the Cumberlands.
In what was an intense game from the tip-off, the Cumberlands were able to maintain a 38-22 lead over Central Penn with two minutes remaining in the first half. Joel Zola hit a long three-point to begin the Knights 10-0 run to close the half, trimming the Patriots lead to 38-32.
The Cumberlands started the second half strong by pushing a 12-4 run on the Knights and pulling them ahead 54-40. The Patriots maintained the lead for nearly the entire second half. With 2:34 remaining in the game, Central Penn buckled down defensively cutting the Cumberlands lead to five. Daylin Davis drained a transition three assisted by Randy Dupont with 1:54 left in the game to cut the lead to 66-64.
Kaashif English of the Cumberlands was fouled and sent to the free throw line, where he hit 1 of 2. The Knights then scored two consecutive baskets. Noah Baylor caught the ball at the top of the free throw line and drove left and passed the ball to Justin Kellman for a layup, which put Central Penn ahead 68-67, providing the Knights with their first lead since the 16:55 mark in the first half.
The Cumberlands' Anthony Eaves was fouled by Gooding, which put him on the line. Eaves made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 68.
A timeout was called by Coach David Archer with 7.7 seconds left in the game. Coach Archer drew up a last second shot for the victory over the Cumberlands.
Gooding dribbled from baseline to baseline and attacked the right side of the basket to finish with a left-handed layup for the win.
Gooding finished the game with 12 points and 2 steals. Davis added 15 points, along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Noah Baylor chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds.
“This was a great win for the program” says Coach Archer. “ This win was for every Knight back at Central Penn College.”