Men's Basketball

Georgetown men win behind Moses

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown freshman Victor Moses tops NAIA Division I in shooting percentage, and he gave himself a boost Thursday night in the Tigers' 74-65 victory over Cumberlands.

More important, Moses made baskets at opportune times as the third-ranked Tigers finally pulled away from the sixth-ranked Patriots in the Mid-South Conference opener.

Moses was 11-for-14 in a game-high 22-point performance. That raised his season percentage to 68.3.

Moses' baskets in the second half helped the Tigers get some space against the Patriots. A layup broke a 45-45 deadlock and started a 7-0 run midway through the second half.

After teammate Johonne Hamilton made a layup and free throw, Moses got a put-back to end the run.

Later, Moses scored just as the shot clock was ready to expire. That started a 6-0 run and doubled Georgetown's lead.

Cumberlands (12-4) never got closer than five points.

"My teammates did a good job of finding me under the basket, and I did my best to put it in," said Moses, who played at Henry Clay. "Every basket is important no matter who makes them, and we were able to keep on rolling."

Georgetown Coach Happy Osborne said, "Our guys did a good job getting it to Victor, and he was aggressive under there. He had some big baskets."

Cumberlands Coach Don Butcher said, "We couldn't guard them. Their interior guys played very well, Victor and all of them.

"We wanted them to throw it inside, but they were really efficient."

Cumberlands held Georgetown to 1-for-7 behind the three-point line. But the Tigers (17-1) stayed ahead, making free throws at the end. Vincent Crutcher made seven of eight to finish the scoring.

The first half lived up to the billing of two top-10 teams and longtime rivals.

There were six lead changes, and midway through the half the biggest lead had been five points (17-12 ) by Cumberlands.

Georgetown promptly scored six straight points by Moses on a jumper, putback and layup to lead 18-17.

The Tigers kept the edge, along with five ties, until the Patriots moved ahead 31-30 on a three-pointer by Chris Byron a minute before the break.

The Tigers' Demetrius Guions dropped in two free throws for a 32-31 lead with 40 seconds left.

After a Jerry Turner steal, Crutcher closed the half with a layup and a 34-31 lead.

Crutcher finished with 16 points, including Georgetown's lone trey. Luke Fitzgerald led Cumberlands with 16 points. Josh Phillips and Byron had 15 each.

Georgetown 74, cumberlands 65

Cumberlands (12-4) — Phillips 6-9 0-0 15, Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Fitzgerald 6-13 4-5 16, Byron 5-15 3-4 15, Asmond 1-5 4-7 7, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Cherry 0-1 0-0 0, Fothergill 1-5 0-0 2, Harvey 1-2 6-8 8, Daniel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 17-24 65.

GEORGETOWN (17-1) — Moses 11-14 0-0 22, Staed 0-0 0-0 0, Walls 1-7 2-2 4, Graham 1-3 0-0 2, Turner 2-8 1-2 5, Giles 1-5 0-0 2, Hamilton 1-3 1-3 3, Guions 3-7 4-4 10, Crutcher 4-6 7-8 16, Oedraogo 4-5 0-0 8, Pearson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-60 15-19 74.

Halftime—Georgetown 34-31. Three-point goals—Cumberands 6-21 (Phillips 3-5, Byron 2-7, Asmond 1-2, Harvey 0-1, Fitzgerald 0-2, Fothergill 0-4), Georgetown 1-7 (Crutcher 1-1, Turner 0-1, Guions 0-1, Walls 0-2, Giles 0-2). Rebounds—Cumberlands 31 (Fitzgerald 8), Georgetown 30 (Moses 6). Assists—Cumberlands 15 (Byron 4, Asmond 4), Georgetwon 10 (Graham 4). Technical fouls—Cumberlands coach. Total fouls—Cumberlands 22, Georgetown 20. Turnovers—Cumberlands 19, Georgetown 13. A—n/a.

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