Tuesday, January 26, 2016

No. 5 Georgetown College Upsets Top-Ranked Pikeville on the Road

(5) Georgetown 83
(1) Pikeville 78

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball rebounds from a narrow home loss, just the second set back all season, to defeat No. 1 University of Pikeville Monday night on the road. The No. 5 Tigers rallied and took down the Bears, 83-78, in a rare week opening Mid-South Conference game. GC improves to 17-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference, while UPike falls to 18-2, 5-2.

The Tigers were down 10 midway through the second half and seemed to have no defensive answer. However, Deondre McWhorter, Tony Kimbro and Noah Cottrill refused to be stopped. At various points in the second half those three came up big.

"I'm very proud of our guys for pulling it out in crunch time," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We got the defensive stops when we needed them and great plays offensively. It was a fantastic team effort."

Kimbro found his offensive rhythm for 19 second half points and gave the Tigers the lead for good, 79-78. His bank shot on a slice into the lane was enough to overcome Pikeville on the road. He finished with a team-high 23 points.

"Tony took the game over in the crucial final minutes," Briggs said.

Colt Chapman missed on the ensuing possession. Kimbro ripped down the rebound and found Cottrill for the outlet. The Bears had to foul the best free throw shooter in the country. He made those two for a three-point game and 14.2 left.

K.K. Simmons, who finished with a game-high 24 (18 in the first half) tried to hit his sixth three of the night, but under pressure from McWhorter was off the mark. Cottrill rebounded, was fouled and sealed the game with two more free throws.

It was a quiet offensive night for the West Virginia native, but his four foul shots came at a critical point. He finished with 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting, but a huge 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

In erasing the 10-point deficit it was Kimbro and McWhorter with some help from Troy Steward.

McWhorter had 12 second half points, but it was a pair of dunks and an easy stick back that infused life back into the game for Georgetown. He finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Steward did a lot of his damage in the first half, scoring 11 of his 17, but also had a few around the rim late to keep Georgetown within striking distance.

"Troy really stepped up in the first half," Briggs said. "It was a great effort out of everyone. Just like always, it was another great battle between Georgetown and Pikeville. It was a lot of fun."

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