PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The Georgetown Tigers scored the final four points on Saturday afternoon to knock off No. 2 University of Pikeville 80-77 at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
Pikeville (18-2, 8-2 in the Mid-South Conference) saw an 11-game win streak come to an end with the loss, while Georgetown improved to 13-4, 5-4 in the league.
Trailing 76-73, Pikeville regained the lead when senior Chris Johnson scored on a layup and then forced a steal that lead to a dunk by senior Terrance Saintil with 34 seconds left to make it 77-76.
The Bears had a chance to put some distance between them and the Tigers when they forced a steal with 15.3 seconds left, but missed the front end of a bonus. The Tigers regained the lead for good with 8.3 seconds left when junior Monty Wilson converted a three-point play to make it 79-77.
After another empty bonus attempt with 2.9 seconds left, senior Allen Thomas ended scoring with 1.3 seconds left when he sank the first of two free throws.
Georgetown opened a big lead early, hitting its first nine shots to take a 24-15 lead with 11:48 to play.
The Tigers led 26-17 when the Bears went on a 13-0 run to take the lead. Junior guard P.J. Jenkins scored five in the run, with junior Josh Whitaker ending it with consecutive steals leading to a layup and two free throws to put the Bears on top 30-26 with 7:35 left.
At the break, Pikeville led 38-37.
The second half saw the score tied nine different times, with neither team leading by more than five points as the teams stormed toward the furious finish.
Georgetown survived 25 turnovers by hitting 59.2 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from the arc. The Tigers finished 19-of-26 (73.1 percent) from the line.
Pikeville hit for 49.3 percent overall but was only 5-of-17 from the arc and 6-of-10 at the line.
Four Tigers reached double figures, led by Wilson’s 22 to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Senior Garel Craig followed with 18, while Thomas finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Vic Moses tossed in 12.
Pikeville put five in double figures, led by senior Deuce Briscoe’s 22. Saintil followed with 12 and nine rebounds.
Three Bears – senior Trevor Setty and juniors Josh Whitaker and Greg Magee – finished with 10 markers.
Setty came into the game 12th on the all-time scoring list but passed his national-championship teammate Justin Hicks and tied Reggie Gravely for 10th on the list. He left the game with 1,572 points.
The Bears will hit the road now, visiting Cumberland University in Lebanon Tenn., on Thursday. The game is set to tip off at 9 p.m. EDT.