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Georgetown College men's basketball team's bench got even shorter four seconds into Saturday's Mid-South Conference showdown with University of Rio Grande. Bopper Stenzel got hurt on the opening play and never returned as third-year coach Chris Briggs used seven players, five of which played 20-plus minutes. The RedStorm (10-5, 3-1) took advantage and handed the No. 2 Tigers (11-3, 2-1) a 79-72 loss.
Rio used 10 players, six of which played 20-plus minutes. An additional three recorded double-digit minutes as Philip Hertz led URG with 22 points. He shot 50 percent from the field, including 3-of-6 from deep, and added a team-high 10 rebounds. Josh Reagan got hot late for Rio, scoring 12 of his 20 points in the final 10 minutes.
Monty Wilson led GC with a game-high 27 points, while Deondre McWhorter grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. McWhorter finished the week averaging a double-double as he also had 19 points. Noah Cottrill, who replaced Stenzel, scored 10 points. No other Tiger reached double figures as DJ Townsend and Russ Middleton had five points each, Corey Washburn chipped in with four and Trenity Burdine had two.
After trailing the entire second half, Georgetown put a run together that pulled the team within four with the ball. However, a turnover and a Hertz field goal stopped the rally inside the final minute.
GC returns to action 8 pm Thursday at Campbellsville University.