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Georgetown College men's basketball coach Chris Briggs called out his team late in the game in a battle with Shawnee State University (9-7, 6-3 Mid-South Conference). The second-year coach knew his Tigers (15-4, 4-4) could beat the Bears if they eliminated their opponents second chance opportunities.
"I asked them if they wanted to win and if they did to stop giving up offensive rebounds," Briggs said. "They knuckled up, played hard and we got the win."
GC won 81-69 in overtime.
Jeremy Bennington stepped to the line with 2:10 remaining and the Bears on top 64-61. He was fouled in the act of shooting a three and went 0-for-3. SSU scored just five points in the final seven minutes, including the overtime, as the Tigers dropped 20.
"That was huge," Briggs said. "You don't know if he makes some of those what the difference it would have had, but we don't have to wonder. He missed them. We took care of business. I'm really proud of how our guys toughed it out at the end."
This gives GC three straight conference wins to level its record at 4-4 before it starts a four-game road swing.
Vic Moses led five Tigers in double figures with 17 points. He also grabbed 14 rebounds. Allan Thomas had 15 points, while Garel Craig, Monty Wilson and Deondre McWhorter all finished with 12.
Georgetown returns to action 8 pm Thursday at University of Virginia College at Wise. The Cavaliers knocked off No. 1 University of the Cumberlands Saturday afternoon in Wise.
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