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The No. 1 Tigers hit 100 for the third straight game, but there was nothing easy about the win over Indiana University Southeast. Noah Cottrill was seven-of-eight from behind the three-point line as Georgetown College (3-0) outlasted Wiley Brown's Grenadiers (2-1), 100-91.
Cottrill hit five threes in the second half, not missing on one attempt. His most enthusiastic and crowd pleasing came as the Grenadiers were making a run. The sophomore spun out of a halfcourt trap, controlled the ball, set his feet and hit the three. It took a seven-point game back out to double-digits with just more than three minutes remaining.
"If we've learned anything in our battles with IUSE over the past three seasons, I would think it was this team does not go away," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "Wiley will have his team fighting until the end.
"I was pleased that even with that late run; we kept our composure and took care of things offensively. I'd like to see us step up more defensively. Our first three games have been fast and furious, which allows for a lot of points, but we need to pressure more and keep our opponents' score down."
Joe Caldwell gave the Tigers their largest lead of the night with a two at the 9:58 mark. GC led by 19, 83-64, and looked on pace to cruise again. IUSE had other plans. It furiously tried to erase the deficit on a 20-8 run, capped by a jumper from Jake Simpson. It was 91-84 at that point, setting the stage for Cottrill's seventh bomb.
Deondre McWhorter was the lone Tiger in double-digits at the half with 10, but Monty Wilson and Cottrill found the rhythm in the final 20 minutes. Cottrill had a game-high 27, while Wilson finished with 23. Jaylen Daniel had 13, McWhorter 12 and Dominique Hagans finished with 10. Russ Middleton had five points, Caldwell four and Trenity Burdine and Montavious Marc both finished with three.
Georgetown returns to action 6 pm Saturday against Miami Middletown.
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