Cumberland welcomed in Harrisburg Area Community College for a doubleheader Thursday night, and came out with two wins. However, the Hawks from Harrisburg put up a fight in both games, preventing Cumberland from running away with easy wins.
The Lady Dukes defeated visiting Harrisburg by a score of 68-56. Sophomore Jasmine Miro led the Dukes is scoring with 22 points with 18 of those coming from beyond the arc. Sahara Lopez added 15 points and 7 rebounds, and sophomore Jovan Childers finished the game with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Cumberland was able to overcome a slow start on a night when the Dukes did not have their best percentage from the floor, shooting below the season average.
In the Men's Game, the Dukes got off to a hot start before letting the Hawks back into the game. Freshman Tyheem Albright came out of the gate to score the Dukes first six points. Albright finished the game 11 points and added 2 assists. Fellow starters Melvin Allen, Markevis Johnson, and Khaliq Ford helped the Dukes to their highest first half scoring output of 55 points.
Despite the big halftime lead, Cumberland allowed Harrisburg back into the game, but was able to shut the door on the comeback, sealing a 100-89 victory. Allen posted 21 points and 10 rebounds on an impressive 10 of 10 shooting from inside the arc. Ford added 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists and Johnson tallied 17 points, including 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. Ezekiel Shockley, DeAndre Solomon, and Terron Mitchell also reached double-digits in scoring, totaling seven Dukes players to score at least ten points.
With the wins, the women improve to 12-1 on the season and the men now sit at 8-6 overall. Both programs will look to head into the holidays with another win when Cumberland hosts Middlesex in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Women will play at 12 noon, and the men will follow at 2PM.
The women's game will feature two nationally ranked teams, the Dukes sitting at #6 in the polls and the visiting Colts came in at #7 in this week's rankings. This marks the second time in as many weeks that Cumberland will host a nationally-ranked opponent. The winner of Saturday's game will gain control of the Garden State Athletic Conference. Both teams are currently 7-1 in the conference.