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Men's Basketball - Sun, Mar. 8, 2009

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The University of the Cumberlands hit a shot with 1.4 seconds left to beat Georgetown 60-57 in the Mid-South Conference Championship game on Sunday.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The University of the Cumberlands hit a shot with 1.4 seconds left to beat Georgetown 60-57 in the Mid-South Conference Championship game on Sunday.

With 13.9 seconds left in the game and the Patriots' ball, Cumberlands coach Don Butcher called a timeout to set up the play that would give Cumberlands its first win over Georgetown since January 2005.

Senior Josh Phillips got the assignment and hit the 3-pointer to put Cumberlands ahead when it counted. It was his third 3-pointer of the day.

In the second half, Georgetown scored just one field goal in the first ten minutes of the period. It proved to be a struggle for Cumberlands as well, with the Patriots shooting 28 percent in the same timeframe.

At 9:49 to go in the game it was all tied up at 40. With five minutes to go it was tied again, this time at 45, and after Luke Fitzgerald completed an old-fashioned three-point play, it knotted things at 55 with two minutes to go.

Georgetown had two players in double figures in the first half, Vic Moses and Vincent Crutcher with 10 a piece. Crutcher did not score in the second half, while Moses finished with a game-high 19.

Cumberlands finished the game shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range and 36.7 overall compared to the Tigers' 48.8 percent from the field and 18.2 from behind the arc.

Fitzgerald, the MSC Player of the Year, led the Patriots (26-6) with 16 points. Georgetown fell to 27-4 on the year. Both teams will now await the NAIA National Championships brackets, to be released Wednesday afternoon.

 
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