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Just give me a chance was the conversation Wednesday afternoon between senior Russ Middleton and Georgetown College coach Chris Briggs. The Maysville, Ky. native missed his first shot, then finished with nine straight makes for a 9-of-10 (6-of-7 from three-point range) night and 27 points.
The key performance pushed the No. 13 Tigers to a big Mid-South Conference win Thursday at rival Campbellsville University, 91-87.
"I was frustrated coming off that University of Rio Grande game," Middleton said. "I was hitting shots in an individual workout. Coach mentioned that if I shot like that, I'd see more time. I just asked him to give me a chance. Tonight, it fell into place.
"It feels good and this was a total team effort. God blessed me with a good night. My teammates did a great job in finding me. It came on a great night. I just felt I couldn't miss."
It was a three-point clinic all the way around as both teams hit 27 total. GC was 13-of-20 and CU hit 14-of-33 behind seven from Miles Rice.
Noah Cottrill started the game with a splash – hitting the Tigers (12-3, 3-1) first triple. He finished with four threes on his way to 18 points.
Georgetown held a six-point edge after the first 20 minutes, finishing with a Monty Wilson three-pointer while falling down.
Wilson joined Cottrill with 18. Trenity Burdine hit a late three for 10 points as the final double-digit scorer.
Eric Gaines led Campbellsville with 23. Rice had 21. Darius Clement had 14 and Quin Richardson finished with 11.
Deondre McWhorter was the beast on the boards with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Saturday at No. 23 St. Catharine College.
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