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The trio of juniors scored 91 points as Georgetown College upset No. 3 University of Pikeville in a rare Monday night Mid-South Conference game. The No. 8 Tigers (24-4, 11-3) used a final offensive push for the 109-101 win in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
Noah Cottrill finished with a game-high 34, a point shy of tying is career-high, as well as a three-point make from tying Georgetown's in-game record. The junior guard was 8-of-13 from deep and 11-of-20 from the field. Tony Kimbro tallied a new career-high with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, 5-of-7 from deep. Deondre McWhorter, despite missing gaps of time with foul trouble, had 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting and went 7-of-7 from the line.
K.K. Simmons and Kenny Manigault kept the Bears (25-3, 12-3) in the game, scoring 32 and 27 points respectively.
Deondre McWhorter is averaging 18.8 points per game this season, but Saturday against Mid-South Conference rival University of the Cumberlands it looked like the junior would struggle to break double digits.
Only once this season has the 6-foot-8 forward scored below 10 points, in the 69-55 win on Senior Day he did not put a mark in the scoring column until nearly four minutes passed in the second half. He finished just 2-of-5 from the field, but went 8-of-10 from the line to finish with a team-high 12 points.
"As a team we struggled shooting the ball, but we played good defense and pulled out the win against a very good Cumberlands team," said GC coach Chris Briggs.
The No. 8 Tigers (23-4, 10-3) had two stretches of three-plus scoreless minutes in the first half, but still managed to hold down the Patriots (19-8, 8-6). UC hit just 29.3 percent from the field for the game. The team has been shooting 44 percent this season.
Georgetown College games with University of the Cumberlands are on Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The women will tip at 2 pm and senior ceremonies will start at 1:50 pm. The men's clock will start running immediately following the women's game and will stop with 10 minutes to go in warm-up to honor the seniors. Cheerleaders and dancers will be honored at halftime of the men's game. In all GC has 11 seniors. Travel safe. Admission is free today.
At this time, Georgetown College vs. University of the Cumberlands women's and men's basketball games for 2 and 4 pm Saturday are still on at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. Please continue to check the website as Director of Athletics Brian Evans continues to monitor the changing weather patterns.
Georgetown College and University of Pikeville have one of the hottest rivalries right now in basketball. However, the heat will not help melt the massive amounts of snow or warm the frigid temperatures up enough to make it safe for Thursday's doubleheader in Georgetown.
"First and foremost it is about the safety of all individuals involved," said GC Director of Athletics Brian Evans. "We spoke with Pikeville and with our Mid-South Conference commissioner Eric Ward. All parties feel it is in the best interest of the traveling team, all fans and workers to postpone these games until Monday."
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