Men's Basketball

Georgetown men roll over Cumberlands 65-45

GEORGETOWN — Beware the eye of Tigers who, uncharacteristically, have lost two games in a row.

Cumberlands learned that lesson the hard way Thursday night as No. 11 Georgetown bounced back from its first two losses of the season by thumping the Patriots 65-45 in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

The Tigers, after falling to Life University and Mid-South Conference newcomer Shawnee State, improved to 16-2 overall and 5-1 in the MSC.

"We had to pick it up," said Vic Moses, the former Henry Clay standout, who led Georgetown with 21 points and 14 rebounds. "We had to get that taste out of our mouth."

The 6-foot-6 Moses and 6-9 Maurice Pearson played big inside. Pearson finished with 18 points, 12 in the second half, and grabbed five rebounds. He shot 7-for-9 from the floor.

Cumberlands (7-7, 3-3) had one double-digit scorer, Jared Cunningham with 10 points. Tanner Jacobs had eight points and 12 rebounds.

The Patriots grew miserable on offense, though. They shot 8-for-33 (24.2 percent) while being held to 20 points in the second half. Overall, they were 18-for-66 (27.3 percent).

By comparison, Georgetown was on fire with a so-so 23-for-59 (39 percent).

With Moses scoring eight points via three put-backs and a pair of free throws, Georgetown broke out to an 18-5 lead.

"I was trying to hit the glass as hard as I could and get as many rebounds as I could," said Moses, who shot 8-for-13 from the field. "We just had to come out and play hard, play harder than them and be aggressive."

Although Cumberlands never caught up, the Patriots were within four at 29-25 at intermission.

Georgetown, which scored the last two points of the half, scored the first nine of the second half to extend the lead to 13 at 38-25. Pearson had four of those, Moses scored two, and Eddie Gray drained a three-pointer.

"Maurice Pearson came out and set the tone early in the second half," Coach Happy Osborne said. "Vic Moses had an outstanding game."

Gray, scoreless in the first half, finished with nine points, going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Osborne said Gray's 1-for-9 floor shooting needed to be overlooked, based on how the point guard otherwise "controlled the game and how good he was the last five to seven minutes."

The coach also cited Matt Walls, who had four points, eight rebounds and an assist. Several fouls and a couple of misplays by teammates robbed Walls of perhaps another five assists.

Georgetown, with six turnovers in the first half, didn't commit No. 7 until 7:44 remained. The Tigers finished with nine errors, while Cumberlands had 14.

The Tigers led by as many as 23 in the late going.

"I'm pleased with our defense," Osborne said as he noted the Patriots' field-goal percentage. "Our negative is our offensive rebounding (13). We're still not physical enough. I still don't think we have enough killer instinct. That's something we've got to continue to work on."

Georgetown 65, Cumberlands 45

CUMBERLANDS — Cunningham 4-15 1-2 10; Jacobs 3-9 2-3 8; Daniel 3-10 1-4 8; McKinney 2-10 2-2 6; Cowser 2-5 0-0 4; Snell 2-6 0-0 4; Grigsby 1-5 0-0 3; Waldon 1-4 0-2 2; Cromwell 0-1 0-0 0; Stepp 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-66 6-13 45.

GEORGETOWN — Moses 8-13 5-7 21; Pearson 7-9 4-5 18; Gray 1-9 6-6 9; Shelley 2-8 0-2 5; Haddix 2-5 0-0 4; Walls 1-5 1-2 4; Morris 1-1 0-0 2; Crutcher 1-8 0-0 2; Boggs 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 16-22 65.

Halftime—Georgetown 29-25. Three-point goals— Cumberlands 3-20 (Grigsby 1-2, Cunningham 1-5, Daniel 1-6, Cromwell 0-1, Snell 0-2, McKinney 0-4); Georgetown 3-17 (Shelley 1-2, Gray 1-4, Walls 1-4, Boggs 0-1, Haddix 0-2, Crutcher 0-4). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Cumberlands 46 (Jacobs 12); Georgetown 46 (Moses 14). Assists—Cumberlands 5 (McKinney 2); Georgetown 8 (three with 2). Total fouls—Cumberlands 17, Georgetown 16. A—n/a.