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17th-ranked Georgetown downs UPike

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – No. 17 Georgetown College survived a rocky start and held on for a 66-51 win over the University of Pikeville Thursday night.

Georgetown (16-7) kept the heat on second-place Shawnee State with the Mid-South Conference win, improving to 8-3 and staying only a game behind.

The teams started slowly on the offensive end, needing 3:04 before either scored. The first bucket came from sophomore Lizza Jonas, and while the teams were even on two occasions, the Tigers never trailed.

Georgetown took a 13-7 lead on a three-pointer by sophomore Andrea Howard with 10:13 left in the opening half before the Bears charged back. An 8-2 run included a pair of three-point shots, and when freshman Whitney Belle Jackson scored inside with 6:34 to play, the game was even at 15.

From there, however, the Tigers scored 13 of the final 14 first-half points and led 28-16 at the half.

Georgetown continued its advantage as the second half began, and a pair of Jonas free throws with 18:26 left stretched the lead to 35-18.

Pikeville (4-19) then went on a 15-4 run, getting five points from sophomore Brogan Conley, and when Jackson scored with 12:45 to play, she had six in the run and pulled the Bears within six (39-33).

From there, however, the Tigers took control. A basket by senior Jessica Waddle with 1:46 to play made the lead 66-46, the biggest of the night, before the Bears scored the final five of the night.

Georgetown enjoyed the win on a night it made only 38.7 percent of its shots. It did so thanks to a 56-30 edge on the glass and holding the Bears to 35 percent overall.

Howard led the Tigers with 15 points, adding a team-best three assists. Waddle followed with 13. Two Tigers – junior Devon Golden (14) and Jonas (13) – were in double figures on the glass. Twenty of Georgetown’s rebounds were off the offensive glass.

Pikeville also had two players in double figures in the scoring column. Conley tossed in 18 thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from the arc, while Jackson finished with 10.

Jackson also led the Bears on the glass with seven.

Pikeville will remain on the road Saturday, visiting No. 11 Shawnee State in a 2 p.m. start. Georgetown stays home Saturday with U.Va.-Wise paying a visit at 2 p.m.

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