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Georgetown College men's basketball's woes on the road against Life University continued Monday night. The No. 1 Tigers (9-1) struggled to contain the Running Eagles (7-5) and lost for the first time this season, 119-109.
Life had seven of its nine players in double figures, led by Latraius Mosley's game-high 33. GC led twice in the first half and tied it up once in the second, but could never grab a strong hold against a team it see-sawed with back on Nov. 17 in the championship game of the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic. Only four Tigers tallied double-digits of the eight players to score.
Five Tigers (9-0) tallied double digits against University of Cincinnati-Clermont in a tune up for Monday's showdown at Life University. Georgetown opened up a 40-point edge at the break and cruised 115-65 in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
Now the No. 1 team in the nation hits the road for the first time, facing one of the best. GC took a 110-103 win in the championship of the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic just weeks ago. Now before taking a break for finals, will head to Georgia for the return game.
The past several seasons Georgetown College men's basketball has come away with splits against the Running Eagles. Coach Chris Briggs' team looked ready to go Saturday.
Georgetown College men's basketball continues to enjoy the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The No. 1 Tigers (8-0) remained unbeaten by knocking off No. 22 Martin Methodist (6-3) 95-75 Tuesday evening.
The RedHawks held a six-point edge in the first half, before GC found rhythm and opened a 43-35 lead heading into the break. MMC came out on a 31-19 run to go up for, 66-62, when the Tigers kicked it into another offensive gear.
Georgetown's next two possessions were three-point bombs from Noah Cottrill. The sophomore found his shooters' eye again, scoring 18 points – four threes and two free throws.
Georgetown College men's basketball was in for another battle Thursday night against Mid-South Conference rival University of Cumberlands. No. 1 Tigers (7-0, 1-0) gets everyone's top game and that was no different against receiving votes Patriots (5-3, 0-1). UC opened up the game's largest lead of nine early in the first half of a game with 16 ties and 18 lead changes.
Monty Wilson gave GC the lead for good off a run out in the waning seconds. Dominique Hagans pulled down the rebound when Cumberlands missed a lay-up. The junior threw the touchdown pass and the Tigers pulled another one out, 75-72.
At times it seems easy for the NAIA defending national men's basketball teams. The No. 1 Tigers were dropping triple-digits in the first four games, but third-year coach Chris Briggs knew the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic would bring tough competition. After needing a furious rally against Olivet Nazarene on Friday, it was a showdown for an 18th title Sunday against Life University.
Georgetown (6-0) trailed by as many as eight in the first half of a game with eight ties. However, the Tigers weathered the storm of the Running Eagles for the 110-103 win.