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The Tigers have won 16 of the 17 titles coming into this year's Central Bank Jim Reid Classic, but No. 18 Southern Polytechnic State University hit two big threes at the start of overtime for the 82-77 win. GC lost to Life University in the first round in 2009 on a tip in at the buzzer.
It is the first loss of the season for No. 4 Tigers (11-1) and despite getting behind by double digits early, battled back to lead by seven late. The Hornets (8-2) weathered that and in a wild final minute, forced the extra five minutes.
SPSU started that span with a pair of threes, putting GC in a 77-71 hole. The Tigers clawed back and tied it as Tyrone Shelley hit two free throws. It was all Southern Poly from there.
Bobby Smith tallied 22 points to lead the Hornets. Cortez Irby had 21, Ashton Pitts 18 and Ricky Fuller 10 points and 11 rebounds.
In true Jim Reid Classic fashion the consolation game was all anyone could want. Mid-Continent College (1-11) gave Life a game, almost forcing overtime in that one. The Running Eagles (6-6) survived 77-76. Less than 30 seconds left and Life tied it at 74. MCC responded with a fast break on the press for an easy two and a 76-74 advantage. LU returned the favor knocking down a three and survived the final eight seconds as the Cougars got up a three on the other end.
Georgetown returns to action Dec. 30 against Miami Middletown. Tip is set for 2 pm.
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