|Stats at a Glance||CU||GC|
|FG Percentage||.557 (34-61)||.492 (30-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.444 (8-18)||.333 (9-27)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (6-9)||.800 (16-20)|
- 24||Jacob Conway
Juandrico Walker - 7
- 5||Shadell Millinghaus
- 3||Jacob Conway
- 2||Quan Poindexter
Eljay Cowherd - 1
Troy Steward - 1
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Andrew Rogan tied a season-high with 24 points and Diondrey Holt, Jr., netted 20, as Cumberland jumped out to a 17-point first-half lead, but ninth-ranked Georgetown College finished 16-of-20 at the foul line, all in the second half, and staved off the Phoenix, 85-82, here Friday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Championships.
Cumberland (11-18) ended its season with its 11th loss in conference action, nine of those by a combined 48 points, and finished 5-10 versus ranked opponents.
The Phoenix made 10-of-14 shots from the field to start the contest, taking a 21-4 lead less than six minutes into the game, and shot 71 percent in the first half, taking a 47-38 advantage to intermission.
Cumberland maintained the lead for most of the second period, between three and eight points, and led 70-63 with 7:15 remaining after a runner in the lane by Blake Johnson. Georgetown (25-5) put together a 9-2 spurt over the next two minutes, starting with a 3-pointer from Troy Steward.
Steward and Darion Burns each made two free throws and Devon Rowan got a bucket under the basket. Burns’ two foul shots evened the contest at 72 with 5:04 remaining.
The game was tied four more times over the next four minutes, with baskets by Rogan and Holt, Jr., as well as one free throw from Juandrico Walker keeping the Phoenix ahead or even. Poindexter hit three foul shots in the final minute and Holt, Jr., answered with a runner off the glass, pulling CU within a point.
Eljay Cowherd’s two free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining gave Cumberland one last chance, but Rhyan Townes was stripped of the ball with 1.4 seconds to play and the inbounds pass was knocked away, preventing the Phoenix from attempting a possible tying shot.
Reid Pierce netted a career-high 13 points and Walker posted 13 points and seven rebounds for CU in the loss. Holt, Jr., finished with six boards and five assists and Pierce and Townes each collected six caroms as well.
Jacob Conway led the Tigers with 23 points off the bench, hitting 6-of-8 from 3-point range, and Steward added 15 points off the bench as well, 11 of those in the second half. Poindexter posted 19 points and nine rebounds for Georgetown.
Cumberland made seven of its first 10 shots in the contest for a 14-4 advantage less than six minutes into the contest. Pierce got the scoring started with an old-fashioned 3-point play and Rogan nailed his first triple of the half and scored on a drive to the basket as well. Townes and Walker added baskets for the 14-4 lead, forcing a timeout by the Tigers.
Walker added two more field goals and Rogan hit another 3-pointer for a 21-4 lead at the 13:18 mark, but the Phoenix scored just five points over the next five minutes, opening the door for Georgetown.
Cowherd made a triple and Poindexter netted a pair of baskets before a layup by Shadell Millinghaus cut the CU advantage to 24-15. Conway then heated up for the Tigers, connecting on three straight 3-pointers, but a desperation three at the end of the shot clock from Holt, Jr., seemed to get Cumberland back on the track, pushing the lead to 31-24.
Rogan made another 3-pointer and the Phoenix kept pace with Georgetown on the offensive end. Rogan added a triple at the one-minute mark and Walker’s alley-oop dunk put an exclamation point on the first half, though Conway nailed his fifth 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Cumberland took a 47-38 lead to intermission, shooting 71 percent (20-for-28) from the field, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Rogan made five 3-pointers and netted 17 points, Walker posted 10 and Holt, Jr., added nine. Conway was the only Georgetown player in double figures with 15 points, all on triples.