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Georgetown College's three-peat struggles continue. The No. 17 Tigers shot 36.0 percent from the free throw line and could never overcome the deficit against University of the Cumberlands Sunday in the Mid-South Conference finals. The Patriots (20-11) won 60-54 to punch their ticket the national tournament in 10 days in Kansas City.
The No. 12 Tigers (24-7) should easily get an at-large bid to return to KC for a record 21-straight appearance and a record 31st overall.
Georgetown played Sunday without senior leader Maurice Pearson who was sidelined by nagging injuries. The center from Silver Springs, MD scored his 1,000th point in the semifinal win and will look to add to that in Kansas City.
Garel Craig led GC with 15 points, while Josh Lockett and Johonne Hamilton came off the bench for 12 and 11 respectively. Jordan DeMercy led the battle on the boards with 14 rebounds; no one else on either team got more than six total rebounds.
Georgetown also struggled from deep, going 0-of-8 in the first half and finishing 5-of-17 from behind the arc.
UC was the last team other than GC to win the tournament, beating the Tigers 60-57 in the 2008-09 finals.