Daniel lifts Georgetown to 76-69 overtime win over Cumberlands; MSC Finals set

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Jaylen Daniel broke open the eighth and final tie of the game with back-to-back 3-point shots to lift second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) to a 76-69 overtime win over third-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The win puts the Tigers (22-9) in Sunday afternoon's championship game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament where they will play top-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) at 1 p.m. CT. Pikeville beat St. Catharine (Ky.) earlier in the day 78-69.

Daniel had a game-high 22 points, thanks to 4-of-6 shooting from the arc, part of a 9-of-13 performance from the field.

His treys during the extra frame came with 3:37 left from the top of the key and more than a minute later from the right wing. He then answered a driving basket by Cumberlands' James Archie with a floater of his own to push the lead back to six, 71-65, with 1:37 to play.

Until Deondre McWhorter hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds left in overtime to put Georgetown on top 76-67, the teams were never separated by more than seven points.

All-conference selection Monty Wilson had put the Tigers on top 60-58 with 41 seconds left in regulation, but the Patriots got a layup by R.J. Scott with 17 seconds left to tie the game.

Georgetown missed an off-balanced shot to send the game to overtime, where it was 4-of-5 from the field. In the bonus period, Cumberlands was only 1-of-4 from the free throw line.

Daniel was joined in double figures by sophomore Noah Cottrill, who fired in 18 to go with a game-high six assists and four rebounds. McWhorter added 13 while Wilson had 11. Both had seven rebounds to pace the Tigers.

Cumberlands, which won the rebounding battle 43-35 thanks to 15 offensive rebounds, was led by Steve Goins with 17. Tony Bradley followed with 15. Scott flipped in 13 while Shaquille Lowery added 12 with seven rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes of play.

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