The marquee game of Mid-South Conference men’s basketball opening weekend, between teams ranked in the NAIA top 10, lived up to every ounce of its billing.
Eljay Cowherd’s basket with four seconds remaining in regulation capped a stellar comeback by No. 9 Georgetown and gave the Tigers a 69-67 win over No, 7 Campbellsville University at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
With its roster depleted by a player dismissal, academic suspensions and the flu, GC roared back from a double-digit deficit, including a nine-point gap in the final 5:31.
Brodricks Jones drained back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Georgetown (15-1, 1-0) even at 65 with 1:28 to go,
Two free throws by Hagen Tyler put Campbellsville (14-2, 0-1) back in front. Chris Coffey had the authoritative answer with a dunk.
Campbellsville received a reprieve when Coffey missed a subsequent free throw and a chance for the lead. Jones blocked the visitors’ go-ahead try, however, and Coffey grabbed his game-high 17th rebound.
Cowherd’s drive to the basket and a last-second Campbellsville turnover sealed the improbable win.
Jacob Conway gave Georgetown an early boost and led the Tigers’ balanced attack with 15 points. Cowherd and Jones each added 14 points. Coffey chalked up 12. Troy Stewart chipped in 10.
Andrew Smith (21 points), Stephaun Adams (17) and Tyler (14) topped Campbellsville.
There were 12 lead changes and seven ties before the bipartisan crowd of more than 500.
GC hosts another nationally ranked opponent, Lindsey Wilson, on Thursday.
Campbellsville 78, Georgetown 64
Georgetown College’s longest-ever winning streak to start a women’s basketball season ended Saturday with a 78-64 loss to No. 7 Campbellsville at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The Mid-South Conference opener represented a substantial step forward in competition for GC (15-1, 0-1), but the Tigers showed they belong in the conversation with the league’s top teams this season.
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They trailed by only two points, 34-32, at the half before Campbellsville (15-2, 1-0) scored 10 of the first 11 points in the third period. Campbellsville’s 24-10 margin in that quarter proved the difference, with the other three periods playing out evenly.
Madison Faulkner led the C-Tigers with 19 points. Madison Stewart added 16 points. Jordan Doram had 12.
GC got a game-high 21 points from Madison Darnell, who was 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. Hailey Ison chipped in 16 and Raegan Williams 10.
The host Tigers hit only three 3-pointers, shot 35.3 percent overall and made 21 turnovers.
Ison’s 3-pointer tied the game at 32 with 3:23 remaining in the first half, but GC didn’t score again until a Darnell free throw at the 7:19 mark of the third quarter.
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