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Georgetown College men's basketball finished up regular season play with an 87-66 loss at Campbellsville University. The No. 7 GC Tigers (24-6, 11-5 Mid-South Conference) led briefly on the road as CU used the deep ball to put the game away.
Corey Washburn scored a basket and a possession later a free throw for a 21-20 edge with 9:09 showing in the first half. Campbellsville finished on 25-10 run for a 14-point halftime lead. CU eventually held a 23-point advantage to claim the second seed in the upcoming MSC Tournament in Frankfort.
GC fell to the third seed and will play Life University 8 pm Friday night to wrap-up quarterfinal play. It is the team's first set of back-to-back losses since opening conference play with a similar road skid. The setbacks bookend a 21-2 run for most of the season.
Georgetown College men's basketball team came off a big high in a home rivalry win Monday and had an unfortunate drop Thursday at St. Catharine College. The Patriots got off to a hot offensive start and found enough power down the stretch to pull off the 71-68 win over No. 7 Tigers.
The Mid-South Conference will wrap up play Saturday and good news for Georgetown is that University of Pikeville also lost Thursday. UPike sits atop the league at 12-4. GC and Campbellsville are second at 11-4. Georgetown and Campbellsville play Saturday 4 pm in Campbellsville. If GC wins that game, the Tigers and Bears would be tied at 12-4. Head-to-head the teams split, with Campbellsville being the next highest team at 11-5. Georgetown would have swept CU this season and UPike split, putting the GC Tigers as regular season champions.
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.
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