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No. 6 Georgetown College men's basketball blew open a 10-point game to remain undefeated in Mid-South Conference action Saturday.
Following Thursday's night of upsets inside league play (University of Rio Grande beat University of the Cumberlands, University of Virginia College at Wise beat St. Catharine and non-conference West Virginia Tech beat Lindsey Wilson), the Tigers (14-2, 5-0) were focused on the task at hand against a solid Shawnee State team. The Bears (7-8, 2-3) kept it close for a while, but Georgetown eventually rolled 90-67.
"They beat Pikeville earlier this year and just don't make mistakes," said first-year head coach Chris Briggs. "They were knocking down a lot of threes in the first half, and I was just telling my guys to keep playing hard and focus defensively."
The Bears nailed nine threes, 9-of-15, in the opening 20 minutes, but just one in the second half as Georgetown pulled away. SSU finished 10-of-25 from deep.
Maurice Pearson tallied his ninth double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, backing up a 27 and 12 performance against Life University earlier this week. The center got a little bit longer of a break at times on Saturday as 7-foot-1 John Hagerty became eligible for GC.
Hagerty had four points on 2-of-2 shooting with four blocks and seven rebounds in 13 minutes of play.
"It's nice to have him out there now," Pearson said.
Louisville native Johonne Hamilton kept the Tigers out in front in the first half by leading all-scorers with 15 points. He finished with 15 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Madison Central High School product Aaron Morris hit a couple of threes to finish with 12 points, Jordan DeMercy scored 12 and Allan Thomas came off the bench for 12 points.
Georgetown returns to action Thursday in Williamsburg against University of the Cumberlands. It will be Barefoot for Bare Feet night as coaches and fans are encouraged to remove their shoes for this game.