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Georgetown College men's basketball's road woes continued Saturday as it could not overcome the Shawnee State Bears in Portsmouth. The No. 8 Tigers (19-6, 9-4) have dropped four straight on the road inside the conference, with its last road victory over a Mid-South Conference opponent coming on Jan. 12.
The Bears (10-15, 4-9) used a methodical approach, milking the shot clock almost every possession and hanging on for a 63-59 win.
With less than a minute remaining, Georgetown trailed 58-49, but a 5-0 burst fueled by a pair of SSU turnovers gave new life to the game. The Bears missed the front end of free throw opportunities, keeping the door open. Tyler Morgan went 1-of-2 with 29 seconds left, and momentum seemed in GC's favor when Johonne Hamilton hit a three for a 59-57 game. However, Shawnee started to make its free throws when it really mattered. Georgetown was unable to get a shot to fall, and the rally came up short.
Not only did the Bears control the game by managing the clock, but also kept the Tigers leading scorer Maurice Pearson quiet. The senior center had just two points on the night. Jordan DeMercy led the charge with 17 points, while Aaron Morris had 14 and Hamilton finished with 13. The free throw line proved to be a sticking point again for Georgetown. The team went 9-of-20 from the line and missed several opportunities in the final minutes.
The Tigers are 4-5 outside of the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The loss continues to keep the battle for first place interesting. Lindsey Wilson lost Thursday, but won Saturday to be a half game back in second. The Blue Raiders come to Georgetown Saturday.
GC gets a week at home in conference play with University of the Cumberlands coming in Thursday. Tip is set for 8 pm and then the showdown with Lindsey. Tip is set for 4 pm on Senior Day.