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What a difference having several players back for Georgetown College men's basketball team Thursday. After showing heart and grit in a road win this past weekend, the Tigers came home, got healthy and returned to finding the chemistry needed in one of the toughest conferences in the NAIA.
Garel Craig and Deondre McWhorter were back in uniform against the visitors from University of Rio Grande. Early in the second half Georgetown broke the game open and rolled to a 78-61 win.
"It's a good feeling having everyone back," said Allan Thomas. "We bounced off that loss at University of the Cumberlands and really regrouped.
"With Garel back out there tonight we know we can spread the floor more, and we are getting our momentum back."
The game was a see-saw battle in the first half with five lead changes and six ties. The largest lead was GC up five with 33 seconds left. Rio hit a basket to trail 29-26. But, three point shots from Thomas and Craig as well as a fastbreak from Thomas to Craig and the Tigers were in command of the game.
"Always good not to be undermanned," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I think the guys we got back helped to supply a spark. We had an 18 to 9 assist to turnover ratio. We were able to pick up the pace and get the game into more of an up and down game rather than a halfcourt battle."
McWhorter came in had right away found his flow in the post. The freshman scored seven of his 13 points in the first half. Thomas was tied for the game high with 18 points, while Vic Moses had 14 and Craig finished with 10. The senior guard also dished out six assists.
Montavious Marc and DJ Townsend chipped in with seven points each. Monty Wilson had four, Russ Middleton three and Corey Washburn two.
Rio was led by Dominick Haynes' 18 points and Kaleb Kimber's 11.
Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Saturday hosting Shawnee State University.