(18) University of the Cumberlands 97
(2) Georgetown College 63
Final from Georgetown, Kentucky
Recap by UC:
Georgetown, KY – Facing their second top-ten team in eight days, the 18th-ranked University of the Cumberlands men's basketball team used a 20-0 to start the game to upset second-ranked Georgetown 97-63 in Mid-South Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Davis-Reed Alumni Gym. With the win the Patriots improve to 19-4 overall and 6-3 in MSC play, while the Tigers fall to 20-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play.
Cumberlands wins the opening tip and on the ensuing possession Kelsley Wilkinson (SR/SW Ranches, FL) hits the jumper to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead. UC scores seven unanswered points, including four from Chance Morton (JR/Mobile, AL), to take a 9-0 lead with 17 minutes left in the first half. Bernard Samuel (JR/Charleston, SC) and Marquis Yates (SR/Manassas, VA) hit back-to-back layups to extend the lead to 14-0 five minutes in. UC extended their lead to 20-0, before Georgetown's Chris Coffey converted a dunk to put the Tigers on the board. Cumberlands went on a 13-12 run over the next five minutes to give the Patriots a 33-14 advantage with 8:21 remaining. On Georgetown's next possession, Samuel intercepted a pass and finished on the other end with a dunk to extend UC's lead to 35-14. The Patriots went on a 9-5 run over the course of a four minute span to take a 44-19 lead with 4:28 remaining. The two teams traded baskets over the finals minutes, giving Cumberlands a 52-26 edge at the break. The Patriots shot 58% on 18 for 31 shooting in the opening period, including 6-11 from behind the arc.
Georgetown started the second half on a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 55-33, three minutes in. Yates led charge as he netted Cumberlands first ten points of the second half, extending UC's lead to 62-37 with 14:47 remaining. Eddie Tornes (JR/Muskegon Heights, MI) hit three triples as part of a 10-7 run to give the Patriots a 72-44 lead with 11:44 remaining. Georgetown used a 12-10 run, over the next six minutes to cut the lead to 82-56 with 5:49 left in the second half. UC extended its led to 88-61 as Tornes hit a pair from behind the arc, two of his part of his career-high eight three-pointers, including seven in the second half. The Patriots ended the game on a 9-2 run for the 97-63 final.
Tornes 24 points was a new career-high, and his eight triples double his previous career-best of four. Yates finished with 21 points, while Wilkinson added 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Morton earns his sixth double-double of the season recording ten points and ten rebounds in the win.
The 97 points tied Cumberlands season-high, which they set on December 17 against Hiwassee. The Patriots finished the game shooting 54.2% from the field, while holding Georgetown to 31.5% shooting. Troy Steward led the Tigers with 18 points, while Edson Avila added 12 points and six rebounds.
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