FRANKFORT — For two teams who knew beforehand that an NAIA Tournament bid was secure, Georgetown and Campbellsville sure gave the impression that a lot was riding on Sunday's Mid-South Conference Tournament title game.
Second-seeded Georgetown prevailed in the battle of Tigers, 64-61, at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Top-seed Campbellsville (26-7), No. 7 nationally, is sure to be among the 32 teams headed to Kansas City, though.
Georgetown (26-6), No. 10 in the NAIA, split a pair of regular-season games with Campbellsville. Georgetown finished with 64 points in all three meetings — winning 64-51 at home on Jan. 16 and losing 71-64 at Campbellsville on Feb. 6.
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Vic Moses led Georgetown's win Sunday, netting 19 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. His putback with 8:35 left put him over the 1,000-point mark for his career.
"It was a great team effort on defense," the 6-foot-6 sophomore out of Henry Clay said. "That's what's got to do it."
Hollis Giles added 16 points and four boards.
"They won the regular season, and we really wanted to win it," Giles said. "So, since they got their regular-season, we decided to take our other trophy back. So they've got one and we've got one."
Georgetown had won or shared the regular-season title eight years in a row until this season. After a one-year absence as tournament champion, the G-Tigers have won three of the last four.
While his team was cutting down the nets inside Farnham Dudgeon Arena, Coach Happy Osborne had left the building. He was off to West Virginia, where his mother is hospitalized and battling leukemia.
"Everybody off some prayers to him and his family," said assistant coach K.C. Goodin, who handled post-game interviews. "He's got a lot of things going on and he still did a great (coaching) job."
Nestor Colmenares, a 6-8 senior from Venezuela, carried Campbellsville by racking up 38 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 26 seconds left.
"Nestor carried us about as far as he could with some other guys that are important for us playing poorly or not being at the top of their game," said Keith Adkins, coach of the C-Tigers.
"I don't think either team was super today, but the bottom line is in the last two or three minutes they came up with some big plays and we didn't. And give them some credit for that."
After seven lead changes in the first 10 minutes, Georgetown scored nine points in a row to take a 22-14 lead.
Johonne Hamilton hit a three-pointer. Then, Eddie Gray converted a three-point play and made a three-pointer.
Campbellsville never regained the lead.
However, trailing 31-25 at halftime, the C-Tigers hung tough.
Colmenares scored three two-point baskets in a row to tie the game at 59 with 2:16 left, getting fouled as he put in the last of those shots.
He missed the free throw, though, as well as two more in the final minute.
That was just enough for Georgetown, which got a pair of freebies from Vincent Crutcher at 2:01 to snap the tie, plus a 3-for-4 effort from Giles in the final 44 seconds.
Campbellsville had a chance to send the game to overtime. But Matt Walls got a hand on Shawn Savage's forced three-point try, and Brett Crittenden's rebound-and-pop desperation shot missed everything.
"Colmenares was a man-child. Made some plays and we struggled to stop him," Goodin said. "But at the end of the game we made a couple stops that we had to have to win the game. I applaud our guys for that."