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Georgetown College men's basketball team will get a little limelight on the new SEC Network. The Tigers exhibition with University of Kentucky has been moved from its original date to Sunday, Nov. 9 in order to accommodate being televised. Tip is set for 7 pm at Rupp Arena.
UK holds the all-time series record at 36-15, but Georgetown started strong winning the first six and eight of the first 10. The last meeting between these two teams was 2005-06 with the Cats winning 85-63.
National title, Most Valuable Player, Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 and Monday the NAIA released the newest member of the 2015 Hall of Fame Class. Those are the accolades that surround Anderson County native Will Carlton, but to talk to him you would never know it.
"What an exciting day for Will and Georgetown College," said GC Director of Athletics Brian Evans. "Will is probably the last person to speak up of his accomplishments, but what he did in his time here and what he has gone on to do becoming assistant principal in Mercer County is just a testament of who he is. Tiger Nation could not be prouder than at this moment for Will."
The humble post player finished seventh on the all-time Georgetown 1,000 point club list. His 2,197 points has him behind six players who wore the Orange & Black for four seasons. Had Carlton done the same and averaged his output for the three seasons, he would have finished third all-time in scoring.
For the first time since the 2005-06 season, Georgetown College and University of Kentucky men's basketball teams will meet in a preseason tilt. On Nov. 7 in Rupp Arena, the two powerhouses in their own divisions will clash. The long standing history of play back in the early 1900s has Blue & White ahead 35-15 with the final meeting coming in 1938-39 season.
Georgetown started with a flare against the school just south in Lexington, winning the first six meetings and eight of the first 10. Kentucky got on a roll tallying 33-7 mark over the next two decades before the series ended.
The most recent preseason match-up between the Tigers and Wildcats came in 2005-06. Interesting side note, current Georgetown College head men's basketball coach Chris Briggs was a graduate assistant at UK for then coach Tubby Smith. UK won 85-63.
Georgetown College men's basketball team will be hosting its annual team camp from June 11-14. The camp has six divisions – Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Junior Varsity, Varsity B and Varsity A.
Registration is around lunch time on June 11 with games beginning at 2 pm. Each team will play two games that day and four games each on June 12-13. A single elimination tournament will begin the morning of the 14th with the games being completed around noon or 1 pm.
Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, George H. W. Bush Rec Center, numerous elementary, middle and high school gyms in the Scott County School System will serve as the location of all games throughout the four-day camp. Transportation to and from games will be provided by the campus shuttle bus.
Monty Wilson scored almost half of Georgetown College men's basketball points, but it was not enough to advance to the semifinals for the second straight year and third in the past four. The No. 16 Tigers (24-11) fell in the quarterfinals of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Tournament to Vanguard University (30-6), 93-85.
The Lions had five double figure scorers to counter Wilson's career-tying high night. The senior shot 12-of-19 from the field and was 14-of-15 from the line. This year the Decatur, Ill. native has hit 320 free throws to break Kenny Davis' record of 301 makes in a season.
Georgetown started off strong, holding the lead for much of the first five minutes. However, following Corey Washburn's two in the lane, it was all Vanguard. GC watched a 14-13 lead slip to 29-17 deficit. The Lions biggest lead of the half was at 13 after Selle Hann's three off a turnover.
The Tigers got within nine at the break, 50-41, but were never able to get closer than two the rest of the game. DJ Townsend hit a three with 13:17 remaining for a 61-59 game. Vanguard responded with an 8-2 run to regain control.