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Georgetown College men's basketball dug itself a huge hole, but has proven to have the heart and grit to overcome adversity. The Tigers (14-4, 6-4 Mid-South Conference) trailed University of Virginia College at Wise by 18 in the first half, but stormed to a 94-88 win, snapping a six-game win-streak by the Cavaliers.
Georgetown is tied for fourth in the league as it starts the second half of conference slate. Starting this week, the team hits the road for a pair of games and then plays six of the final eight MSC games at home.
"They were hitting everything and hitting the boards hard," said GC coach Chris Briggs of UVa-Wise. "I knew the shooting percentage would come down at some point, and we had to focus on limiting their opportunities."
The Cavs (9-6, 5-5) at its high-point were hitting 61 percent from the field and won the battle on the boards 21-15, including nine offensive boards, in the first 20 minutes. They cooled off considerably as the Tigers began to make a run. Wise hit 31.6 percent in the second half and were outrebounded 27-16 with just five offensive boards.
A 27-9 run that spanned both halves started by Vic Moses and bookended by a three from Allan Thomas tied the game at 53 all, the first tie. Wise surged back ahead and the game was a see-saw battle until it was 72 all, fifth tie. Georgetown finished on a 22-16 run for the win.
"Wise has been playing really well so I'm very happy with our effort and how we responded," Briggs said. "Given the unique situation of having the game postponed and then the draining win against Pikeville Saturday, it could have been very easy for our guys to letdown. But, since our win at Cumberland University we have shown a lot of heart. I'm very proud of what we've accomplished."
Garel Craig paced the Tigers with 26 points and 10 assists. Moses finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Monty Wilson followed up his coming out party against Pikeville with 21 points and Thomas had 12 points.
Georgetown stays on the road for an 8 pm game Thursday against Shawnee State University (11-7, 7-3) and a 4 pm game Saturday against University of Rio Grande (7-12, 3-7).