Jaylen Daniel scored 22 points, 8 in overtime, as GC beat UC. Photo by Richard Robards
Men's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 8, 2014
Jaylen Daniel picked the right time to get hot from three-point range. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward combo hit two three-pointers in an overtime session as the No. 16 Tigers (22-9) advance to the finals of the 2014 Mid-South Conference Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Walk/Run.
"I feel comfortable out there and sometimes defenders don't expect me to take them," Daniel said. "I got a couple of open looks and just knew I could hit them."
Along with the two in overtime, the junior had two in regulation on his way to a game-high 22. Georgetown defeated University of the Cumberlands (19-11), 76-69, to advance back the tournament championships and face postseason nemesis University of Pikeville. While the Tigers hold a comfortable edge on the Bears (28-2) in regular season, UPike has never lost to GC in the tournament. The teams have twice met in the finals and twice in the semifinals – all four Pikeville victories.
Championship game is set to tip 2 pm EST.
At times it appeared Georgetown would miss advancing to the finals as leading scorer Monty Wilson hit just one field goal. The Patriots erased a five-point deficit with 3:11 remaining, but it was the senior's only points not from the foul line with 40.2 remaining that seemed to be the difference. That is until R.J. Scott scored a second chance basket with 6.9 left. Wilson pushed the tempo to try for one last shot, but lost the handle and could not get off a good look.
Daniel broke the game's eighth tie with his first deep shot of the overtime and next possession made it 69-63. UC got within four when James Archie drove the lane and put in a layup, but that is as close as the game would get again.
Getting Georgetown rolling was sophomore guard Noah Cottrill. He scored 12 of his 18 points in the first 20 minutes. Deondre McWhorter found his rhythm early for the first two baskets of the game and finished with 13. Wilson, despite just one field goal, did go 9-of-12 from the foul line for 11 points. Montavious Marc had five, Russ Middleton three. Corey Washburn and DJ Townsend finished with two as every Tiger scored.
Wilson and McWhorter tied for a team-high of seven rebounds apiece.
Follow all the action through an audio-only broadcast here or video through the Cumberland University tournament site here.