Georgetown holds on to beat University of the Cumberlands, 79-77


GEORGETOWN , Ky (GC Athletics) – When it is Mid-South Conference action, it is always good basketball. On the men’s side, there are six of the eight teams ranked or receiving votes. Georgetown College’s No. 1 Tigers (17-1, 2-1) were looking to bounce back Saturday against No. 24 University of the Cumberlands (14-3, 1-2). The Patriots were coming off a road win over No. 15 Campbellsville University and looking to keep the hot streak going.

Troy Steward hit two free throws early in the first half to break the game’s third tie (there were six total) and the home team never trailed again on its way to a 79-77 victory.

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GC twice had solid double-digit leads – 14 points in the first half and 13 late in the second. However, UC showed its range and hit three-pointers to make it interesting. Even the visitor’s final shot at 1.5 seconds left was a three for a 78-77 game. Trent Gilbert walked the distance, went one-of-two and Darion Burns stole the long inbound pass to seal the victory for Georgetown.

Cumberlands was 10-of-23 from deep. Facing the 13-point deficit, the Patriots hit three in a row. This ignited a 19-6 run, culminating in the game’s final tie, 67-67. Shadell Millinghaus responded with back-to-back baskets in the paint to help Georgetown finish on a 12-10 run.

The senior led the Tigers with 21 points. Quan Poindexter had 15, while Eljay Cowherd was a spark off the bench with 12.

Jacob Conway and Jahyde Gardiner did a little of everything. Conway finished with seven points and nine rebounds, while Gardiner had nine points and eight rebounds.

Malik Colvin-Seldon led the Patriots with 18, while Samuel Bernard and Eric Duncan each added 16.

Georgetown is back in action 8 pm Thursday hosting Shawnee State University (10-8, 1-2).