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No lead is safe in a Mid-South Conference rivalry game. Georgetown College men's basketball hit the road trying to avoid a season sweep against Lindsey Wilson College. The No. 2 Tigers were unconscious for most of the game, eventually opening a 20-point second half lead, 51-31.
However, the Blue Raiders chipped away to be back within seven until Tony Kimbro came to life. The senior made a steal and went the distance. This started an 8-0 run that put the game back into a comfortable margin the rest of the way. Georgetown splits the series with an 87-63 victory, improving to 22-3 on the season and 10-3 in the league. Lindsey Wilson falls to 15-9, 5-6.
"This was a very good team win," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We came out focused and ready, set the tone from the beginning."
Without the services of Deondre McWhorter, out for a team rule violation, it was Kimbro and Noah Cottrill picking up the slack. Cottrill finished with a game-high 22 points with five three-pointers and Kimbro had 21 with four threes. Troy Steward was key in the first half with seven of his 12 points.
Deondre McWhorter became the first Georgetown player ever to score 1,800-plus points, grab 1,000-plus rebounds and block 200-plus shots. He eclipsed the final two this past week in a win over No. 4 University of Pikeville.
The senior post has helped the No. 2 Tigers to a 21-3 mark thus far and his 17.3 points and 11 rebounds per game averages this past week earned him Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honors. It is the second such honor for McWhorter in his four years at Georgetown.
Georgetown College men's basketball has been on a tear since a three-point overtime loss at home to Lindsey Wilson College in a brutal gauntlet of four road games and six overall in the past 14 days. All games have been Mid-South Conference battles. Unfortunately, Saturday the No. 2 Tigers (21-3, 9-3) ran up against a hungry University of the Cumberlands team.
These two rivals squared off six days ago in Williamsburg, Ky. GC was on fire Monday, but the Patriots were ready to match that pace Saturday in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. UC (16-9, 6-5) hit eight threes and outlasted Georgetown, 86-83. Temjae Singleton hit the dagger from deep with 37 seconds left to put the visitors up 84-81. Troy Steward sliced into the lane for a quick two for GC, but Kelsey Wilkinson hit both free throws with 19 seconds closing out the game.
It is always a battle between Georgetown College and University of Pikeville in men's basketball. Thursday's showdown in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym did not disappoint the near capacity crowd. There were 15 lead changes and five ties. The No. 2 Tigers held the largest advantage late in the second half and held on for a 93-85 win over the No. 4 Bears.
This gives GC a game and a half lead over UPike in the Mid-South Conference standings as the Tigers improve to 21-2 and 9-2. The Bears fall to 20-3, 7-3.
"Another good win for us," said Georgetown coach Chris Briggs. "Great job turning around in the second half after a slow start in the first. I thought they came out much more focused and aggressive in the second half."
Tiger Nation fans there is an extra treat Saturday when Georgetown College plays University of the Cumberlands. Before the 2 pm tip off for the women's game, there is a noon alumni game. For one hour some of your favorites of years past will divide up and battle it out. Thus far here is who has agreed to play: Mike Stacy, Kent Johnson, Mark Tandy, Eddie Johnson, Dave Shee, Barry Bowman, Anthony Holt, KC Goodin, Billy Ray Fawns, Darren Dawson, Julian Bankston, Will Carlton, Ashley Ollinger, Jordan Johnson, Jordan Owen, Blake Downing, Casey Alsop, George Baker, Andre Mahorn, Jon Elrod, Donnovan Brown, Jerry Turner and Vincent Crutcher. Serving as honorary coaches are Jason Woodard and Jermaine Brown.
Come enjoy the fun, stay for our women's game and men's follows roughly at 4 pm.
|(2) Georgetown at||5:00pm|
|Life University at||2:00pm|
|Shawnee State University at||8:00pm|