Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No. 8 Georgetown College Knocks Off No. 3 Pikeville in Shootout

(8) Georgetown 109
(3) Pikeville 101

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

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.

The game between two of the best MSC teams over the past several years had 13 ties the last coming when UPike's Jackson Hussey hit a basket with 8:17 to play.

Simmons hit a three a few minutes later that gave the Bears its largest lead of the game, 89-83. Georgetown stormed back and finished on a 26-12 run to close out the victory.

"Tonight was a hard-fought battle, which is always the case when we play Pikeville," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I'm proud of the way Noah, Deondre and Tony stepped up and hit big shots. Pikeville is extremely talented, and we were fortunate enough to get stops at crucial times.

"This is the final push and right now our conference destiny is in our hands. We have a tough road swing to finish it all up before postseason. It is all about taking one step at a time, one game at a time."

Georgetown returns to action 8 pm Thursday at St. Catharine College.

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