The final score was lopsided as expected, but the pathway there was not for the Georgetown College men’s basketball team Saturday. The No. 1 Tigers (15-0) defeated Miami University Hamilton, 107-75. Shadell Millinghaus led with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but at times the team sputtered with turnovers and some rust of not playing since Dec. 4.
The Harriers trailed 30-15 early in the first half, before getting it to a two possession game. GC closed the half on an 11-3 run. This gave them a double digit lead again, one it never relinquished. MUH scored four of the first six points in the second half, but got no closer than 11.
Quan Poindexter (19), Jahyde Gardiner (16), Jacob Conway (15) and Trent Gilbert (12) also reached double figures for the Tigers – on its best start under coach Chris Briggs. Poindexter added eight rebounds, while Eljay Cowherd and Troy Steward each had seven rebounds. Darion Burns led the way with assists – seven (more than a third of GC’s total and half the total of MUH).
The 2015-16 team started 14-0 before losing a road conference game to Shawnee State. That team went on to win the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles as well as advanced to the national finals.
Georgetown is back in action 4 pm Saturday at Campbellsville University – the MSC opener.
Hailey Ison provided a late spark that seemed to have Georgetown College women’s basketball on its way to defeating visiting Milligan College. However, the Buffs (7-7) eight of the final 10 points in a 71-66 win.
Martina Lytle, 11 points and 10 rebounds, gave the Tigers (5-9) their final lead 66-65 with 45 seconds left. MC responded going one-of-two from the foul line on the ensuing trip and it was all knotted at 66 with 13 seconds left. Ison drove the lane on GC’s possession and among a trio of Milligan post players put up a strong lay-up. It bounced off and the redshirt freshman ripped down an offensive rebound for a second chance. It also did not connect. It was all foul line from there as the Buffs made five-of-six down the stretch to put the game away.
Markizjah Mimms led Georgetown with 15 points and seven rebounds. Lydia Graves had 12 points, while Ison and Kennedy Flynn each had 10.
The Tigers are back in action 2 pm Tuesday at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Ind.
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