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No. 3 Georgetown College men's basketball team faced No. 13 Shorter University and needed a late 14-7 run to stay undefeated on the season.
The Tigers (15-0, 4-0 Mid-South Conference) were in a back and forth battle with the Hawks (13-2) before Tyrone Shelley sparked a run for a 79-77 win Monday afternoon at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The Tigers were trailing 62-61 with just six minutes left when the run gave them a 75-69 edge with 25 seconds remaining.
Shelley also helped to ice the game with four free throws in the final 13 seconds. The junior was 5-of-6 from the stripe with 11 points and five assists. Several of his assists were late in the game as he found interior players Vic Moses and Maurice Pearson for easy baskets.
Pearson led all-scorers with 21 points and led Georgetown with seven rebounds, while Moses had 18 points and four boards.
The Hawks got behind 26-16 in the first half, but put together an 18-9 run for a 35-34 deficit at the break. Things remained tight between the two Top 20 programs, as Shorter won the battle of the offensive boards. The Hawks had 17 offensive rebounds, turning many of those into easy second chance points in order to hang around with the Tigers.
The Hawks were led by Walter Hill's 19 and Johnathan Crawford's 14.
Georgetown returns to action Wednesday against Life. Tip is set for 2 p.m. in Marietta, GA.