After an emotional win on Thursday night, there was no let down Saturday as the Dukes took care of business in a 88-76 on the road at Passaic County Community College. Cumberland's Khaliq Ford led the charge with an impressive offensive performance. Totaling 24 points, Ford did so by taking just twelve shots from the field, finishing 8 of 12, and adding a 6 for 6 effort from the charity stripe.
The Dukes gained their first lead of the afternoon at the 7:21 mark of the first half and never looked back, closing the half on a 18-6 run. Passaic was able to make a late run, only to be held off by clutch baskets from the Dukes. Ford knocked down four free-throws down the stretch, with Markevis Johnson and Terron Mitchell each sinking a pair to help secure the win.
Offensively, Cumberland finished with eight players making multiple shots, and six of those scoring 8 points or more. Melvin Allen has been a double-double machine of late, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds on the afternoon. Mitchell, the Millville freshman, added 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 asssits. Sophomore Ezekiel Shockley recorded 9 points on the afternoon and freshmen out of Wilmington Delaware, Markevis Johnson and Seth Hackett, chipped in with 12 points and 9 points respectively.
With the win, the Dukes were able to avenge a home loss to the Panthers earlier in the year. The well-rounded victory puts the Dukes at 6-3 in the Garden State Athletic Conference and 7-5 overall. After dropping a tough loss at home to Brookdale CC, Cumberland has rebounded to win their last two and are winners in five out of their last six contests.