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When success is the norm, hitting the panic button early and often can be a reflex action. However, fortunately for Georgetown College men's basketball coach Chris Briggs, the ebbs and flows of the season do not rattle him.
GC is coming off a second conference loss at No. 23 St. Catharine. The Patriots only trailed once, early in the second half when Monty Wilson hit a pair of free throws. SCC held off a late run and then had an offensive burst for the 103-90 victory in Springfield.
Some might be pushing that aforementioned panic button, but the No. 13 Tigers (12-4, 3-2 MSC) are actually ahead of the national championship team to this point. Five games into the Mid-South Conference slate, Georgetown was 1-4 for the 2012-13 season. The past two weeks, GC has split the weekly contests, something that is also not unusual for such a strong league.
Thursday's opponent and rival University of Pikeville, is the only team without a loss in the MSC and just one all season. The No. 1 Bears (14-1, 5-0) come to Georgetown for an 8 pm tip.
The two MSC teams that have beaten the Tigers are University of Rio Grande (11-5, 4-1) and No. 23 St. Catharine College (10-5, 4-2).
Against the Pats, four Tigers reached double figures behind a game-high 32 from Wilson. Deondre McWhorter had 15, Dominique Hagans 13 and Noah Cottrill 10.
Hagans led with a game-high nine rebounds, while McWhorter grabbed eight.
Now the focus is on a pair of home games with the first being Thursday against Pikeville followed by a Saturday showdown with Bluefield College.