Men's Basketball

Tigers flex defensive muscle in blowout

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Coach Happy Osborne wants his Tigers to growl ferociously as they devour their prey in NAIA men's basketball by possessing "a killer mentality."

Without it, Osborne fears the Tigers might not be tough enough to reach their potential in the NAIA post-season.

"Our seniors don't lead the way ... and it's cost us," he said. "We need to get much tougher, more physical."

Tenth-ranked Georgetown was physical enough to overwhelm Campbellsville 73-45 Saturday.

The home team took the Mid-South Conference lead by one game when Lindsey Wilson lost at Pikeville.

Georgetown's stated goal is to hold opponents under 39 percent from the field.

The Tigers (22-2, 6-1) reached that goal by holding Campbellsville (7-15, 0-7) to 37.5 percent.

Just as important, Georgetown was relentless on defense, making 14 steals and forcing 26 turnovers.

"Defense wins games," Georgetown senior guard David Graham said.

Graham's role is to be the defensive stopper.

"I guard the other team's best-scoring guard," Graham said. "I try to cause as many turnovers as I can. My role is to get the team going.

"Our whole philosophy is to keep people under 39 percent. Our offense has a lot of weapons. A lot of players can put it in the basket, but we have to trust our defense."

Osborne isn't sure how far he can trust his team's defense. But he enjoys coaching this edition of the Tigers.

"I genuinely like being around this team," he said. "A lot of times we practice harder than we play. I've never had a team do that.

"But we've got to do a better job of putting teams away. I'd hate for that to be what stops us."

Senior Demetrius Guions agrees the upperclassmen need to focus on leadership.

"We're doing a pretty good job, but sometimes we get too comfortable," Guions said. "We're not a cocky team, but sometimes we play to our opponents' level, which we shouldn't do."

Campbellsville played on even terms with Georgetown for a while. The visitors trailed by one point after 6½ minutes. Five minutes later, they were behind by nine. Campbellsville's deficit reached double figures early in the second half.

Georgetown spread the wealth with six players scoring eight or more points. Graham, Johonne Hamilton and newcomer Hollis Giles had three steals each.

Giles began playing after the first semester. As part of a deep bench, he can score, and his long wingspan helps on defense.

Saturday's women's game

Campbellsville 75, Georgetown 56: A three-pointer by Melly Heaton midway through the first half put the visitors ahead, and No. 12 Campbellsville remained unbeaten in the Mid-South Conference.

Campbellsville (22-3, 7-0) led 36-21 at halftime as Georgetown shot 27.3 percent.

The home team got within a dozen on Ashley Bell's three-pointer 12 seconds into the second half. Campbellsville soon led by 20 points. Georgetown (14-11, 3-4) got within 13 points three times before the visitors pulled away.

Mid-South Player of the Week Whitney Ballinger of the winners led all scorers with 17 points and had eight rebounds and five of her team's 11 blocked shots. Courtney Danis scored 16.

Gina Beining led Georgetown with 14 points and nine boards.

men

georgetown 73, campbellsville 45

CAMPBELLSVILLE (7-15, 0-7) — Savage 1-3 0-0 3, Benock 1-4 0-1 3, Harris 5-8 0-0 12, Petkov 2-5 0-2 4, Allender 6-13 1-2 15, Holley 0-3 1-2 1, Ray 0-1 0-0 0, Vitatoe 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 2-7 1-1 5, Bohm 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 3-8 45.

GEORGETOWN (22-2, 6-1) — Moses 6-12 0-0 12, Guions 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 4-7 1-1 9, Turner 4-6 0-0 8, Ouedraogo 1-3 0-0 2, Berry 1-1 0-0 2, Giles 2-4 2-2 6, Walls 0-2 3-6 3, Hamilton 4-9 4-5 12, Staed 0-0 0-0 0, Saxton 0-1 0-0 0, Elrod 0-1 0-0 0, Saxton 0-0 0-0 0, Crutcher 3-5 1-1 8, Pearson 5-6 1-2 11. Totals 30-57 12-17 73.

Halftime—Georgetown 33-25. Three-point goals—Campbellsville 6-15 (Savage 1-3, Benock 1-2, Harris 2-4, Allender 2-6), Georgetown 1-11 (Guions 0-1, Graham 0-1, Turner 0-1, Giles 0-1, Walls 0-2, Hamilton 0-2, Crutcher 1-1). Rebounds—Campbellsville 22 (Thomas 5), Georgetown 35 (Moses 7). Assists—Campbellsville 13 (Allender 3), Georgetown 7 (Turner 3). Total fouls—Campbellsville 15, Georgetown 15. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Turnovers—Campbellsville 26, Georgetown 17. A—n/a.

women

campbellsville 75, georgetown 56

CAMPBELLSVILLE (22-3, 7-0 MSC) e_SEmD Thomas 2-2 0-0 5, Heaton 4-8 1-1 11, Danis 6-12 2-3 16, Ballinger 5-10 7-8 17, Ensminger 1-8 2-3 4, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Messer 4-11 2-2 12, Isaacs 3-7 0-0 8, Hill 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-59 14-17 75.

GEORGETOWN (14-11, 3-4) e_SEmD Gilbert 4-12 0-0 8, Lewis 1-8 2-2 4, Bell 2-5 1-2 6, Filiatreau 1-6 0-0 2, Beining 6-11 2-4 14, Drees 0-1 0-2 0, Waddle 0-3 0-0 0, Huffer 1-6 0-0 2, Rogers 3-4 0-0 6, Prince 2-7 0-0 4, Weathers 1-4 1-2 3, Slonim 3-5 1-2 7. Totals 24-72 7-14 56.

Halftime—Campbellsville 36-21. Three-point goals—Campbellsville 9-19 (Thomas 1-1, Heaton 2-6, Danis 2-4, Messer 2-4, Isaacs 2-4), Georgetown 1-11 (Gilbert 0-2, Lewis 0-2, Bell 1-2, Filiatreau 0-2, Waddle 0-1, Huffer 0-2). Rebounds—Campbellsville 31 (Ballinger 8), Georgetown 38 (Beining 9). Assists—Campbellsville 12 (Thomas 4), Georgetown 13 (Gilbert 4). Total fouls—Campbellsville 16, Georgetown 20. Fouled out—Bell. Technical fouls—none. Turnovers—Campbellsville 14, Georgetown 13. A—n/a.

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