During the 2017-2018 campaign, the Rowan-Gloucester Roadrunners and the Cumberland County College Dukes faced off four times, three regular season matchups and the Region XIX Semifinal. Cumberland went 3-1 against RCGC, but the games were hotly-contested as the total points separating the teams were in the single digits. A lot has changed since their last matchup as former Dukes head coach Will Wareham now leads the Roadrunners and found himself on the away bench in the Cunningham Center after guiding the Dukes for the past 3 seasons. However, as the saying goes, "the more things change, the more they stay the same". Despite a new head coach in Darrin Stalling and a relatively new roster, this game held the same intensity as the previous four matchups.
In their first meeting of the 2018-2019 season, the Dukes and Roadrunners both came out of the gates hot with RCGC leading 25-20 within the first 10 minutes of the 1st half. The game took on a furious pace leading to early foul trouble for RCGC, which Cumberland would take full advantage. The Dukes defense ramped up the pressure in the next few minutes leading to turnovers and easy lay-ins for guards Taylor Clarke (19 points, 3 rebounds) and Kevin Clark (13 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds) with Cumberland taking a 39-35 lead late in the 1st half. Danny Williams and Michael Burden would contribute to the run as well knocking down key shots from beyond the arc. Williams would finish with 17 points going 3-4 from the three point line, and Burden would tally 15 points shooting 50% from beyond the arc. Rowan-Gloucester would close the half on a run of their own to take a 53-42 lead into the intermission. The Roadrunners would keep the Dukes at bay for the entirety of the second half as the Dukes could only get as close at 5 points before RCGC pulled away late for a 98-85 victory.
Cumberland returns to the hardwood on Friday as they travel to the Big Apple to take on Bronx Community College. Tip off is set for 6 PM.