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No. 3 Georgetown College men's basketball team played nine of its first 14 games against teams ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Division I or II Coaches' Poll. In that stretch, the Tigers were a perfect 14-0 with a 25.34 average margin of victory.
The only non-double-digit win for the Tigers, also 4-0 in the Mid-South Conference heading into the holiday break, was against league foe St. Catharine. GC took a 76-74 win in Springfield to open the Mid-South slate on Dec. 2.
Now following more than a two-week break, the last time Georgetown played was Dec. 18 in a 97-70 win over MSC opponent University of Virginia College at Wise, the Tigers start the second half of the season with another ranked opponent.
No. 13 Shorter University comes to Georgetown for a 2 p.m. tip Jan. 3. The Hawks are 13-1 and coming in on a three-game winning streak. They last played Dec. 29 and 30 in their Christmas Classic with wins over Talladega and Trevecca Nazarene.
Shorter's only loss came at the hands of William Carey on Dec. 16, which was receiving votes in the Coaches' Poll at the time. The Hawks are led by Marquise Wright, 15.64 points per game, and Walter Hill, 14.08 ppg, while Johnathan Crawford also averages 9.79 ppg. All three players are hitting 45 percent or better from the field.
Georgetown has four of its five starters averaging double-figures - Eddie Gray, 12.0, Rodney Haddix, 11.7, Maurice Pearson, 11.5, and Tyrone Shelley, 10.3 - while the fifth, Vincent Crutcher, averages 9.7. The Tigers also have Vic Moses coming off the bench averaging 13.2 ppg. Pearson leads the charge on the boards, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game, while Shelley grabs 6.2 and Moses 5.4.