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DJ Townsend hit a three-pointer from the corner with 1:42 remaining in the first half Sunday. This gave No. 16 Georgetown College men's basketball a one-point lead over No. 2 University of Pikeville. However, Elisha Justice hit a fade away three capping an 8-0 run in the final 1:30. The Bears never trailed again in the 2014 Mid-South Conference Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Walk/Run, winning 96-71 in Lebanon, Tenn.
The Tigers (22-10) stayed close until that point with a UPike (30-2) team that has not lost in almost two months. Pikeville suffered its second loss of the season Jan. 16 at Georgetown College. Since the Bears have tallied 16 straight wins.
In the first 20 minutes, there were three ties and two lead changes. Russ Middleton's old fashion three tied the game for the final time at 33 all with 2:48 to go. Bruce Reed put the Bears back in front by two 35-33, setting the stage for Townsend's shot.
Jaylen Daniel picked the right time to get hot from three-point range. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward combo hit two three-pointers in an overtime session as the No. 16 Tigers (22-9) advance to the finals of the 2014 Mid-South Conference Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Walk/Run.
"I feel comfortable out there and sometimes defenders don't expect me to take them," Daniel said. "I got a couple of open looks and just knew I could hit them."
Georgetown College men's basketball knocked off a very hot Bluefield College team to start its journey in the 2014 Mid-South Conference Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Run/Walk.
The No. 16 Tigers (21-9) erased a double-digit early deficit, then scratched and clawed for the 78-74 win.
Monty Wilson scored a tournament career-high with 31 points; he had 27 in the semifinal loss to University of Pikeville in 2013. The senior was hot early, scoring 17 points as the Tigers changed a 12-point deficit to a two-point lead at the break.
Georgetown College's Monty Wilson and Deondre McWhorter earned Mid-South Conference honors as released by the league off Wednesday. Wilson took his second first-team all-conference honor, while McWhorter was named to the second team.
Russ Middleton earned his fourth MSC All-Academic honor, which requires athletes to be of sophomore or higher standing with a 3.25 grade point average or better.
Georgetown College men's and women's basketball teams learned their playoff schedule late Saturday evening. The Mid-South Conference will run Thursday-Sunday in Lebanon, Tenn.
The No. 14 men's team is set for a third meeting with Bluefield College. Tip is set for 7 pm Thursday. The No. 8 women's team will start postseason with a showdown with University of Rio Grande. Tip is set for 7 pm Friday in Lebanon, Tenn. The Tigers swept both these teams in the regular season respectively.
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