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Georgetown College men's basketball team's loss this past Saturday took control of the Mid-South Conference regular season title out of its hands. But, with Thursday's 77-71 win at University of Rio Grande (12-17, 3-12), the No. 13 Tigers (21-7, 11-5) keep themselves in a hunt for a shared crown with No. 8 Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC assured itself the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament with a win on Thursday as well because at worst at loss Saturday to St. Catharine puts them in a tie with GC. The Blue Raiders hold the tiebreaker, sweeping the season series with Georgetown.
"All you can ever do is focus on yourself," Tiger coach Chris Briggs said. "Sure there are things out of our hands on this, but no need to concern ourselves with those. We took care of what we needed to do tonight, win a game on the road. We need to do it again Saturday against a very tough West Virginia Tech team. That's what we are focused on."
The win at Rio Grande is the first road victory since beating University of the Cumberlands on Jan. 12. GC lost a buzzer-beater to Lindsey the next game, starting a four-game slide.
Getting over the skid was not easy, either. The RedStorm took a 60-57 lead with less than six minutes to play. But the Tigers went on a 20-11 run to close out the game.
Both teams shot extremely well from the floor - GC 65.8 percent and Rio 50 percent - and only a total of 52 rebounds all game.
Tigers tip off against WVT Saturday at 4 pm in Montgomery.
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