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Shawnee State University men's basketball did all it could in the final 20 minutes to put a tally in the Mid-South Conference win column. However, Georgetown College weathered the storm in large part to big second chance points from Chris Coffey. The Tigers enter a two-week break for finals and holidays with an 81-73 win over the Bears.
The sophomore had a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. Six of those boards were offensive and three of those came in a stretch when the No. 2 Tigers (11-1, 3-0) desperately needed a spark.
"Chris had some big put backs for us today," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We need to learn how to sustain our energy and sustain our focus and do a better job of doing what we do in practice every single day."
Georgetown College women's and men's basketball teams tip it up Saturday in the Lace It Up 4 Pediatric Cancer games against Shawnee State University. At the same time, the Georgetown community will be celebrating Santa coming to town with its annual Christmas parade.
Fans this will not cause problems getting to the 2 or 4 pm games, however, leaving might be tricky. At this time we are advising those coming to the games to park in the gravel lot, the Hambrick lot (both off Military), the Pit (lot across from Hambrick on other side of Military), or off Jackson Street in order to be able to exit and avoid the blocked off roads and downtown traffic.
Georgetown College and Shawnee State University always play in meaningful Mid-South Conference basketball games. However, Saturday's doubleheader will have an added importance. Both teams will be Lacing it Up 4 Pediatric Cancer, wearing gold shoe strings.
Women tip at 2 pm with the men to follow around 4 pm. Fans are encouraged to bring a toy to donate as the Tigers will deliver the extra Christmas gifts to an area pediatric cancer ward.
When you think Georgetown College and University of Pikeville in men's basketball – you think of national powerhouses that will run and gun and play in a shootout. Monday night the billing was there – No. 2 Tigers against No. 19 Bears – with each team looking to improve to 2-0 in the Mid-South Conference.
GC got down early, but used an astounding 27-6 run to finish the first half and never look back. Pikeville got within eight once and nine twice in the final 20 minutes as the visitors played spoiler, 69-59.
The Tigers (10-1, 2-0) connected on 10 threes – six from Trent Gilbert. The Bears (11-2, 1-1) led 14-6 at the first media timeout and nothing seemed to be going right for Georgetown. Quan Poindexter hit a two and Gilbert hit back-to-back threes and the game was tied for the third time.
Georgetown College men's basketball opened Mid-South Conference action Saturday against one of its biggest rivals. The No. 2 Tigers (9-1, 1-0) went to Williamsburg, Ky. to face a University of the Cumberlands team that is receiving votes. The Patriots (8-2, 0-1) made it interesting down the stretch, but Trent Gilbert hit two free throws in the final six seconds to seal the victory, 62-58.
Before those makes, GC was 9-of-22 from the line. In the final nine minutes, the visitors went 2-of-9 as UC made a run to nearly erase a 10-point advantage.
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