By Eric Balmer
The stellar Georgetown basketball team has shown their dominance once again this past weekend. Ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, the Tigers showed why they were the defending national champions by winning the Jim Reid Classic.
Georgetown coach Chris Briggs was thrilled that his team could honor a former Tiger coach through winning the tournament. “It means a lot to this team and program to be able to honor Coach Reid with an 18th title. Coach Reid was extremely loved and respected as both a coach and a man, and we are happy to be able to honor his name and legacy here at Georgetown” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com).
This past weekend, GC managed to pick up two more wins at the Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, continuing their undefeated start. A few problems arose for the Tigers on Friday against Olivet Nazarene University; they eventually had to rally to win 93-89.
An impressive performance by senior Monty Wilson ensured that the Tigers would not receive their first lost. Wilson accomplished an impressive feat, as he scored a career-high 40 points. Other solid stats came from Trenity Burdine who recorded 13 points and Deondre McWhorter who scored 11.
McWhorter had a monster game in other regards, too. Not only did he have double-digit points, but he also managed a team-high 10 rebounds. This was only his third double-double of his college career.
Although Georgetown started off with a rough start (falling behind 7-0 to start the game), they were able to close the first half with a 9-0 run. Shooting percentage was definitely in the home team’s favor (Georgetown’s was 79.1%, while Olivet’s was 69%).
GC’s second game ended with them being on top of Life University 110-103. Overall, the Tigers did well and had double-digit leads in the second half. LU came back though, and eventually with just over two minutes left, came within three points of GC. But Georgetown quickly made sure a comeback was not going to happen for the visitors, as they went on a 9-0 run at the end of the game.
McWhorter had another double-double, with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers look to continue their winning ways against MSC rival University of the Cumberlands at home on Thursday. Tip-off is at 8 p.m.