Men's Basketball - Tue, Oct. 11, 2011
Georgetown College men's basketball opened the Chris
Briggs era in style Monday evening. In keeping with tradition, the Tigers
tangled with a lofty opponent in an exhibition game - the UK All-Stars.
Another custom was upheld as the team did very well against
eight current or recently drafted NBA players. In the end, though, the shooting
of Kenneth Faried (32 points) and Jodie Meeks (30 points) was too much in the
The Tigers were the first team in this all-star
exhibition game series to break 100 and the 17-point deficit is also the
narrowest margin of victory for UK.
The majority of the first half, GC either led or trailed
by no more than a basket. Then despite trailing by double-digits for much of
the second 20 minutes, put together a late rally (11-2 run) for a 99-90 game.
After UK broke the century mark on Meeks free throws,
Tyrone Shelley shot the Tigers over 100 with a three-pointer from the wing. The
senior guard finished with 28 points, while Allen Thomas' chipped in with 20.
In the past, Georgetown has done battle with University
of Louisville, University of Florida and University of Pittsburgh for preseason
exhibition games. The UofL series, minus one game, has always come down to the
wire and the Tigers took Pitt to the buzzer in their lone meeting.
Monday evening in Mason County, it was Jeff Sheppard's UK
All-Stars - Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), Meeks (Philadelphia 76er), Josh
Harrellson (New York Knicks), Faried (Denver Nuggets), Brandon Knight (Detroit
Pistons), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Shelvin Mack (Washington
Wizards) and DeAndre Liggins (Orlando Magic), doing battle with the Orange
Briggs was excited for his first game as head coach, but
more importantly ready to see how his team would do against some of the best
players in the world.
With about eight minutes before halftime, the Tigers took
a four-point lead off a Thomas lay-in.
However, following a media time out, Big Blue came to
life. A 10-0 swing gave UK the largest lead of the game, but GC continued to hang
around that two possession game until right before halftime. The All-Stars made
a run for a 55-38 advantage with under a minute to play. Briggs took a timeout
to refocus his guys.
Coming out of the break, Thomas and Geral Craig helped
the Tigers to a 6-2 for a 57-44 halftime score.
GC did not fade away in the second half either. Both
teams began to put on an offensive display. While Georgetown never got closer
than nine points, the Tigers did put up 61 in the second half. UK scored 65.
While the fans were out to see some Big Blue favorites,
home town hero Russ Middleton got a nice round of applause on his introduction.
Then with the game knotted at five, the junior hit a three-pointer that ignited
the cheers as Georgetown led 8-5.