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The last time University of the Cumberlands lost a Mid-South Conference game was to Georgetown Jan. 13 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, which made Thursday's match up all that more important.
The No. 8 Tigers (24-3, 13-2 MSC) traveled to Williamsburg with just a game lead over the Patriots (15-9, 11-4). UC had won eight of its last nine games and was looking to pull even with Georgetown. However, GC pulled out the 78-71 win, giving the team a two-game cushion on its closest conference competitors with just three games remaining.
The Tigers held a five-point cushion heading into the second half and held on against a flurry of offense from the Patriots. UC shot 60 percent in the final 20 minutes, including 6-of-9 from deep.
With the win, the Tigers assure themselves at least a share of the regular season title. St. Catharine and Cumberlands each have two losses, and Georgetown swept the season series with both teams, while Pikeville has five losses.
The Tigers play in their final regular season road game Saturday in Columbia against Lindsey Wilson College. Tip is set for 5 p.m. eastern standard time.