Men's Basketball

 

Dukes Win Overtime Thriller

Dukes Win Overtime Thriller

The Dukes trailed 64-60 with 1:15 left on the clock. A defensive stop followed by a trip to the line for Hikeem Pruitt put the Dukes in a position to cut into the lead. Pruitt made the first free-throw, then freshman Olajuwon Rainner grabbed the missed second attempt and put it back to cut the Union lead to one with 38 seconds left. After a made free-throw by Union, Pruitt found Rainner underneath for the game-tieing basket.

In the extra period, the Dukes trailed by four again, and once again found a way to tie the game at 73. Union failed to make a shot on their next possession and the Dukes pushed the ball across half-court with thirty-seconds left.  Pruitt came up for a hand off with the clock winding down, broke for the right wing and worked his way to the right elbow where he hit what appeared to be a fourteen foot floater that bounced off of the front rim and through with 8 ticks left. Union failed to get off a shot in the waning seconds, and the Dukes completed their comeback victory.

Rainner and Pruitt posted double-doubles, with both players scoring 18 points apiece. Pruitt grabbed 11 rebounds and Rainner pulled down a game high 17 rebounds. After sitting the last two games with an injury starting freshman point guard Julian Brinkley gave the Dukes a much needed spark, chipping in for 12 points and dishing out 6 assists. Zeke Shockley added 14 points to make it four Dukes scoring in double figures. 

The Cumberland Men improve to 3-1 over and 2-1 in Region XIX.  They will take the court again next Saturday Nov. 30th when they travel to Delaware County Community College for a 3pm tip-off. The game will be played at Widener University.