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Early in the first half, Georgetown College men's basketball team opened a 25-12 lead and it seemed to be headed in the direction of the first two games, blowouts. But, Indiana University Southeast had other ideas. The Grenadiers (0-1) went small and began to live and die by the three.
Unfortunately for the Tigers (3-0), IUSE was living very well. It got as close as two with just less than five minutes to play. Georgetown hung on though, and weathered the deep threats in the 100-92 win. IUSE was 19-of-51 from deep for 57 of its points.
Maurice Pearson dropped his second double-double with 31 points and 15 rebounds, both of which were career highs for the senior. He snagged six offensive boards and nine defensive, also career highs. He also went nine-of-12 from the free throw line, bouncing back from his 7-of-14 performance at the stripe Sunday.
Allen Thomas and Tyrone Shelley contributed 17 points each, Aaron Morris had 11 and Russ Middleton and Garel Craig each had 10. Craig, who battled foul trouble all night, and Middleton did most of their damage in the final few minutes, keeping the Tigers out in front despite the last few threes from IUSE.
Richmond native, Morris went four-of-five from the field and was also critical down the stretch from the foul line. The senior was three-of-three in the final 1:03 of the game.
Shelley added seven assists and nine rebounds, finishing every so close yet again to a triple-double.
The Tigers return to action Saturday against Florida Memorial following the women's game against William Carey University. The women are set to tip at 5 pm.
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