By Kaitlin Fahey
Last Friday, the men’s basketball team played Miami University Middletown in a home scrimmage. Over the course of the exciting match, the score was tied twice and the lead changed five times, but ultimately it was the Georgetown Tigers who came out on top, defeating Miami Middletown with a score of 102-68.
The match started off a bit shaky, with the MUM Thundercats achieving an 8-0 lead within the first two minutes. However, after winning a jump ball in the third minute GC junior Jaylen Daniel made a field goal, beginning to close the gap between the two teams’ scores. By halftime, Georgetown had secured a 6-point lead over Miami Middletown with a score of 43-37, and, as it turned out, they were just getting started.
Daniel, who scored a total of 21 points in the scrimmage, started the second half strong with two free throw shots and two field goals within the first two minutes. Over a series of turnovers, double bonus free throws, and field goals scored by both teams, Georgetown managed to broaden their lead over MUM to 34 points, with a final score of 102-68.
Joining Daniel as leaders in number of points were junior Dominique Hagans with 13, sophomore Noah Cottrill with 12, junior Joe Caldwell with 11 and senior Montavious Marc with 10.
Head coach Chris Briggs expressed his happiness with the outcome of the game.
“I was very pleased with the second half effort and intensity and especially the unselfishness,” he said, adding, “We have a very special group if they play with heart and intensity consistently” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com).
Though they have only played a few games, the Tigers are off to a promising start. The team, which famously won the men’s NAIA National Championship last season, is already at the top of their conference with a 3-0 record. The Nov. 9 scrimmage against Miami Middletown marks the fourth consecutive event in which the Tigers have scored points in the triple digits, defeating Miami Hamilton, Salem International and Indiana Southeast over the past few weeks.
This weekend is the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic. The Tigers will take on Olivet Nazarene University at 6 p.m. on Friday and Life University at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Both games will take place at home in the Alumni Gym.