On the road in a tough atmosphere, the Dukes came from behind to secure a big win 77-74 over Union County College. Cumberland clawed back from 13 down in the first half to close the half on a 14-3 run and filed the Owls lead to just 41-37 at the break.
The Dukes found themselves down again with 9:32 by a score of 63-53, and again came back swinging. Freshman Markevis Johnson led the way with 27 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the floor, including 6 of 13 from downtown. Johnson cut the Union lead to just two with 3:31 left on his sixth three-point basket of the night, dished to him in the corner from fellow freshman Melvin Allen.
Trailing nearly the entire game, Johnson gave the Dukes their first lead of the game with under two minutes to go on a one-handed runner just below the right-elbow. Second later, Terron Mitchell followed up missed layup on a fast-break to extend the lead to four. A layup from Khaliq Ford, and a combined four free-throws from Ford and Mitchell sealed the comeback win.
Allen stuffed the stat sheet, recording 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Mitchell added 8 points and 10 rebounds, while Khaliq Ford chipped in for 11 and sophomore Ezekiel Shockley finished with 12.
The Dukes will get a break now after a tough three-game road trip including wins at Ocean and Union and an unexpected loss at Bergen Community College. All in all, two out of three puts the Dukes back above .500 in the conference at 3-2. After a full week off, Cumberland will host the Elizabethtown College JV squad on Thursday December 4th before getting back to conference play.