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Shawn Johnson hit a trio of threes to start the second half against Georgetown College men's basketball, helping visiting Campbellsville University pick up the win.
The No. 6 GC Tigers (21-5, 8-4) saw an 11-point lead evaporate, but still had a chance down the stretch in the 77-76 loss. The home team had two contested, but makeable rim attempts in the final 10 seconds and a pair of free throws with four seconds left to try and tie it.
CU (14-13, 4-9) has been on the wrong side of many narrow losses, including a marathon five overtime set back just more than a week ago to University of the Cumberlands. Campbellsville has 12 losses at five-points or less, which might have been the calm under pressure it needed to outlast GC on senior day.
In a battle for the top spot in Mid-South Conference men's basketball, Georgetown College and Life University's game came down to runs, threes and free throws.
The No. 3 Tigers (21-4, 8-3) finished 15-of-22 from the line and allowed 11 three-pointers by the host Running Eagles (14-10, 10-2). Life held on down the stretch as GC played the fouling game for a 70-68 win.
Troy Steward hit Georgetown's fifth three of the night with less than a second remaining, but no one could foul before the final horn sounded for one final offensive attempt.
Georgetown College men's basketball woes continue at Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium. The home of the Shawnee State University Bears has been very unkind to the Tigers since SSU joined the Mid-South Conference in 2010-11.
In seven trips to Portsmouth, Ohio, GC is 2-5. With seven minutes left Saturday, it appeared the No. 3 team in the country might eek it out. However, SSU went on a 12-6 run to close the game and take a fifth win in front of the home crowd.
Georgetown College men's basketball has struggled lately scoring, but defense has been its driving force. It was again Tuesday against University of Maine Fort Kent. The No. 3 Tigers (21-2) clamped down to rally from a first half deficit and win 87-70 over the Bengals (19-7). UMFK shot better than 55 percent in the first half, but managed just 35 percent in the second half as GC ratcheted up the pressure.
Quan Poindexter led all-scorers with 22 points, while Georgetown's bench played critical minutes with injuries sidelining key players such as Raymond Baldwin and Darion Burns.
Georgetown College men's basketball came up against a buzz saw like it has not experience since the Mid-South Conference finals in 2014. The No. 2 Tigers (20-2, 8-1 MSC) played No. 18 University of the Cumberlands (19-4, 6-3) in the NAIA Game of the Week. The Patriots scored 20 points before GC even found the basket on a high-flying slam by Chris Coffey on a stick back. UC never looked back in a 97-63 win Saturday in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
UC shot the lights out behind Eddie Tornes eight three-pointers. He finished with a game-high 24 points. Marquis Yates had 21 points and Kelsley Wilkinson had 18 – tying Georgetown's total offensive production.
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