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SPRINGFIELD, Ky. - St. Catharine College was looking to make it back-to-back wins over preseason Top 10 teams, but a late three from Matt Walls and a free throw by Eddie Gray sealed the win for Georgetown, 76-74.
Walls took a pass from Gray and with 10 seconds left swished in the shot from the left wing for a 75-73 lead. Rodney Haddix fouled on the Patriots ensuing play, giving them an opportunity to tie. Brandon Johnson hit the first, but missed the second. The rebound came off to Maurice Pearson, who got the ball to Gray.
The senior point guard missed the first, but with the crowd cheers swelling he calmly hit the second. SCC pushed the ball up the floor quickly for a deep three-pointer that missed as time ran out.
This is the second meeting between two of the top three teams in the Mid-South Conference and the first on the conference schedule. The two played in the first round of the Andrew Baker Elswick Tournament in early November. GC has come out on top both times, but Thursday's game was one of runs. Neither team could ever gain much advantage. GC grabbed an eight point edge, 71-63, late in the second half, but the Patriots 10-1 run gave them a 73-72 in just more than a minute remaining.
Gray led all-scorers with 18 points, while Pearson had 16, Haddix 11 and Dillon Boggs 10.
This runs Georgetown's record to 9-0 and 1-0 in MSC, while SCC is 3-2 and 0-1. The Patriots were coming off a win over preseason No. 8 McKendree University.