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It certainly had more of a March game feel, but nothing less should be expected when two Top 10 teams meet – even in January. Mid-South Conference rivals and national powers Georgetown College and Campbellsville University went all out in Campbellsville Thursday night. The No. 8 GC Tigers (9-3, 3-1) came out blazing in the second half and walked out with the 86-79 win over No. 5 Campbellsville (13-2, 4-1).
"Tonight's game definitely had a national tournament feel to it," said Georgetown coach Andrea McCloskey. "It was a great ball game with two top teams with neither wanting to give an inch."
GC trailed four at the break, but Andrea Howard had 20 of her game-high 28 points and Teonia McCune was the blocking machine McCloskey knew she had in her. The sophomore transfer swatted eight, scored eight points (perfect 4-of-4 shooting) and snagged seven rebounds.
"I was really pleased with Teonia's play," McCloskey said. "I knew, just like my freshmen, it takes a while to get comfortable in my system. But I knew around December we would see her come to life. That is exactly what has happened."
Lizza Jonas kept the Tigers into the game during the first half hitting threes and leading the way with a then game-high 12 points. The senior finished with 23. The third in the trio of seniors, Kourtney Tyra, finished with 12 points, nine assists and three rebounds.
"These three seniors pick each other up," McCloskey said. "As a coach you count on that from such solid players."
Junior Devanny King joined McCune with a team-high seven rebounds.
Georgetown returns to action 2 pm Saturday at St. Catharine College.