GEORGETOWN — Eddie Gray scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half Thursday night to lead No. 3 Georgetown to a 74-63 Mid-South Conference victory over Pikeville in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
Rodney Haddix added 16 points for the Tigers (13-0, 3-0 MSC), who have one more game before Christmas, playing host to Virginia-Wise on Saturday.
Pikeville (10-3, 1-2) was led by Trevor Setty with 14 points. Justin Hicks scored 12, all in the second half.
A whopping 57 fouls were called, 31 on Pikeville. Add to that 47 turnovers, 24 on Georgetown.
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"Mid-South ugly," Georgetown Coach Happy Osborne said. "I give Pikeville credit for taking it to us early. I thought Kelly (Wells, Pikeville's coach) had them well prepared. He does a great job and they brought it at us.
"I thought our kids responded and came back at them some. Just an ugly Mid-South brawl."
Georgetown went 13-for-22 from the free-throw line, while Pikeville was even worse — 15-for-31.
Wells said he expected more of a "let 'em play" game, rather than having so many fouls called. He had two players foul out and four others finished with four fouls each.
"It's hard to get your kids to adjust. We've preached for six months how it's going to be and then it shows up different," Wells said. "I'm sure (the Tigers) were as frustrated about that as we were."
Georgetown dominated the rebounding, 53-32. Maurice Pearson grabbed 12 and Vic Moses had 11. Three Bears finished with five each.
"What you have to do against them, you have to rebound the basketball," Wells said. "And it's obvious, being outrebounded 21, we didn't rebound the basketball. And you can't turn the ball over against them. They pride themselves on getting stops and they pride themselves on getting easy baskets."
Georgetown led 36-27 at halftime.
Pikeville controlled the first five minutes, though, breaking out to a 13-6 lead. Setty, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Mason County, fueled the Bears with a pair of three-pointers. Quincy Hankins-Cole added three points, with Andre Thornton and Carlos Woodard getting two each.
Georgetown rallied to within 15-13, then turned up the pressure on defense to launch an 8-0 run, with four players scoring two points each. That put the Tigers on top 21-15.
The 8-0 spurt was the beginning of a 17-2 flurry that pushed the lead to 30-17. Haddix, a 6-3 senior from Scott County, did the most damage with seven points, including a three-pointer that capped the rally.
Tyrone Shelley's fast-break basket early in the second half gave Georgetown a 15-point bulge, 46-31.
Pikeville scored the next seven points to pull to within eight.
The closest the Bears came was six, 52-46, when Carlos Woodard converted a three-point play with 12:11 left.
The margin was still six, 54-48, when Pikeville then missed three of four field-goal attempts, mixing in five turnovers.
Georgetown took advantage, going on an 11-2 run to build a 65-50 lead with 6:35 left. Haddix scored the last four of those on a drive through traffic, followed by a steal and layup.
"Tyrone Shelley was really good the second half," Osborne said. "Very, very, very pleased with Russ Middleton in the first half."
Middleton didn't score, but picked the Tigers up with "intensity, juice, effort," Osborne said.
"Rod (Haddix) was solid and Eddie Gray, the last two minutes of the game, was Eddie Gray — you can't take it from him and, if he'll just handle it and be smart, I feel like if we're ahead we can win. ... Dillon Boggs was good, too."