Georgetown News
Men's Basketball - Mon, Mar. 24, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Georgetown College's special season ended with a sting, as the Tigers were handed their first loss of the year by Mountain State University by a score of 78-65.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Georgetown College's special season ended with a sting, as the Tigers were handed their first loss of the year by Mountain State University by a score of 78-65.

This is the third time the two teams have faced each other in the national semi-finals and Mountain State has won all three.

Despite both teams' scoring starting flat, Mountain State took control of the game early with a 10-2 run behind the sharp shooting of James Spencer, who reached double-digit points at the 12 minute mark in the first half.

Spencer, who is second in NAIA Division I in scoring, was 8-of-14 from the field, including five three-point field goals, in leading the Cougars to the win. Senior guard Jarvis Jackson chipped in with 16 points and a team-high six assists, while senior guard Adron Marshall connected for 13 points for Mountain State.

Mountain State led the entire contest,  eventually stretched the margin to 16 points before Georgetown battled back to cut the deficit to 42-31 at halftime. In the first 20 minutes of play, Mountain State connected on 8-of-14 shots from three-point range.

Junior guard Demetrius Guoins scored the final five points of an 8-3 run for Georgetown to open the second half as the Tigers closed the gap to 45-39 with just over 15 minutes on the clock. Mountain State was able to build the lead back to double digits with nine minutes remaining and was able to pull away for the win. The Cougars limited Georgetown to just 34.4 percent shooting in the second half (11-of-32) and held the Tigers to a season-low 65 points in the process.

"(My) hat's off to Mountain State," said Georgetown head coach Happy Osborne. "I thought they played very well. We were tight early, and I can't explain what that means, but it got us into a hole."

For Georgetown, junior guard David Graham posted his first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Gus Chase added 13 points while Guoins chipped in with 12 points for the Tigers, who end the season at 35-1.

 
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