February 13, 20161st2ndFinal
#2 Georgetown College285381
Cumberland Univ.373774
Stats at a GlanceGEOR2CU-M
FG Percentage.500 (26-52) .424 (28-66)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .150 (3-20)
FT Percentage.759 (22-29) .789 (15-19)
Offensive Rebounds1013
Defensive Rebounds2819
Total Rebounds3832
Turnovers138
Steals66
Bench Points3027
LeadersGEOR2CU-M
PointsGreen - 19
Hickerson - 18
ReboundsGreen - 7
Kimbro - 7
Avila - 7
Hickerson - 6
AssistsCottrill - 5
Graham - 2
StealsKimbro - 3
Brown - 2
BlocksKimbro - 1
Avila - 1
Brown - 1
Dodd - 1
Shelton - 1
Late run carries Georgetown over CU
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Late run carries Georgetown over CU
Marquel Hickerson posted 18 points and six rebounds and hit a 70-footer to end the first half in CU's loss Saturday to Georgetown. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Marquel Hickerson posted 18 points and six rebounds, but second-ranked Georgetown College used a 21-9 second-half run to break open a one-point game en route to an 81-74 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (10-15, 3-9) led 56-55 with 7:28 remaining in the contest after a layup by Cameron Johnson, who finished with 13 points. Noah Cottrill completed a 3-point play and Troy Steward nailed a long trifecta, though Mark Brown answered for the Phoenix with his only triple of the game, keeping the deficit at two.

Tony Kimbro connected on two foul shots to extend the lead back to four for Georgetown and Cumberland missed a 3-pointer and two free throws on the other end. Cottrill hit two foul shots before a layup by Trent Gilbert extended the advantage to 67-59 with 3:15 remaining.

Jamonte Graham made two free throws and a layup and Will Shelton added a bucket for CU, making it 69-65 at the 2:13 mark, but Cottrill’s 3-pointer from the wing, two foul shots by Steward and a fast-break layup from Jordan Green was part of a 7-0 spurt that basically finished off the win for the Tigers, who remained in first place in the Mid-South Conference.

Green scored 19 points and Cottrill and Kimbro added 17 apiece for Georgetown while three players – Green, Kimbro and Edson Avila – each grabbed seven rebounds. Cottrill and Kimbro combined to make 17-of-22 foul shots for the Tigers as well.

Ronell Abaekobe added 12 points off the bench for Cumberland, who made just 3-of-20 from behind the arc in the contest, including 1-for-12 from Brown.

The Phoenix started quickly, racing out to a 12-6 advantage in the first five minutes behind four points apiece by Johnson and Shelton. Georgetown answered with a 9-0 spurt that included two buckets from Avila and a 3-pointer by Kimbro.

The teams went back and forth for most of the half, with neither leading by more than three, until Cumberland ended the period on an 11-2 run. Hickerson’s 17-footer started the run and Brown and Graham each made two free throws before a layup by Abaekobe. Hickerson ended the half with a 70-foot rainbow that swished the net for a 37-28 CU lead at the break.

Hickerson netted 11 points in the period and Green scored 10 for the Tigers.

Cumberland hits the road next week for games at St. Catharine College on Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Time and Campbellsville University on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.