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Georgetown College and Pikeville College came out a bit rattled in the first half against a Mid-South Conference record 4,196 fans.
But, both came alive in the second half of this big league matchup. It came down to the wire as the Bears (19-5, 8-4 MSC) pulled off the 66-65 win over the No. 6 Tigers (21-3, 10-2). For the second year in a row these two teams split the regular season matchups.
Both teams had more than 10 turnovers in the early going and Pikeville was clinging to a 25-24 halftime edge. But, the Bears came out running in the second half, opening up a 33-26 lead as the Tigers struggled on 1-of-9 shooting. That cold spell did not last forever though. Georgetown found a rhythm as Matt Walls heated up from outside. A 10-0 run erased a six-point deficit on the way to a 45-41 lead with just more than 10 minutes remaining.
Then it was a game of runs. PC clawed back in the game behind the sharp shooting of Trevor Setty and Vance Cooksey. Setty hit five threes, including one that gave the Bears a 58-56 lead late in the second half.
Tyrone Shelley picked up his game late, helping GC erase a three-point deficit and the next possession finished on the break for a 65-63 Tiger edge with 30 seconds remaining. However, Shelley fouled out with 23.5 remaining, sending Justin Hicks to the line. It was the third Tiger to foul out - Maurice Pearson and Vincent Crutcher were the other two.
Hicks made the first and missed the second. GC's Aaron Morris grabbed the rebound, but stepped out of bounds setting up Quincy Hankins-Cole for a dunk and a 66-65 lead with seven seconds remaining.
Moses led the charge for GC with 19 points, while Pearson added a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds before he fouled out. Shelley finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while Rodney Haddix scored all nine of his points in the second half.
Cooksey led all-scorers with 21, while Setty and Hankins-Cole added 15 points each and Andre Thornton had 10.
Georgetown stays on the road for a game against University of Virginia College at Wise Saturday. Tip is set for 4 p.m.