On day in which the gym was painted pink in support of the fight against breast cancer, Cumberland took care of business on the court. In the first game, the women rolled past the Colts of Middlesex County College with a dominating performance 100-65. Freshmen Jodi Kelley and Artaeja Loatman combined for 42 points, scoring 21 apiece, and spurred the Dukes to their second 100 point game this week. Fellow freshmen Jasmine Miro and Iesha Watson joined Kelley and Loatman in double-figures, adding 15 and 13 points respectively.
In the men's game, Cumberland got a well-rounded performance from their starting line up with four players scoring 13 points or more. Trailing 15-11 early in the first half, the Dukes surged ahead with a 14-5 run and held off a Middlesex run to lead 39-38 at the half. After a back and forth first ten minutes of the 2nd half, and the two teams tied at 56 with 9:42 remaining Cumberland put together a 24-8 spurt to end the game and secure a big win for the Dukes, 82-64. Sophomore Hikeem Pruitt, a steady force for the Dukes all year, exploded for a 23 point, 12 rebound double-double. Freshman forward Olajuwon Rainner supplied a double-double of his own, scoring 17 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. Pruitt and Rainner also added 5 assists apiece. Ezekiel Shockley chipped in for 15 points and Tyler Pedro added 13.
The women improved to an outstanding 22-2 on the season and the men's win puts them at 10-13 overall and 8-10 in the conference. The two teams will take the court next on Tuesday, when they travel up Route 55 to face cross-county rival Gloucester County College. A win on the road for the men's team will keep the Dukes in the playoff hunt.