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No. 6 Georgetown College traveled to Georgia to take on a tough Life University team Wednesday. Maurice Pearson coming back after missing the New Year's Eve game exploded for 27 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough to clip the Running Eagles. Life (7-7) pulled off the 85-81 win, handing the Tigers (13-2) only their second loss.
"Life always has a great team and it is always a great game when we play," said GC head coach Chris Briggs. "Then playing them on their home floor only adds to the intensity of the game."
The Tigers trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but battled back for a one-point halftime deficit, 38-37. The team grabbed its first lead off an Aaron Morris field goal, 39-38, 15 seconds into the final 20. The Tigers seemed in control much of the second half, taking a seven-point advantage - their largest lead - off a pair of Pearson free throws. Life rallied back to take a lead midway through off PJ Meyers' foul shots. GC erased a six-point deficit for a 67-66 lead off an Allan Thomas' three-pointer and then built a six-point advantage. The Running Eagles had the final surge, though, taking an 81-79 lead off an Andrew Woods' field goal. Meyers sealed the win at the line with four seconds left. The guard led LU with 24 points.
Points off turnovers really hurt GC, as Life got 25 and the Tigers only scored 10.
Jordan DeMercy notched his third straight double-double in the Orange & Black. He had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Garel Craig scored 11 points to round out the double-figure scorers for Georgetown. Mico Sjekloca, 19, DeAndre Cannon, 15, and Woods, 11, were the other double-digit scorers for Life.
GC returns to action in Mid-South Conference play Saturday hosting Shawnee State. Tip is set for 4 pm.