GEORGETOWN — Toughness.
That's what made the difference Thursday night as No. 17 Georgetown knocked off top-ranked Campbellsville 88-76 in a Mid-South Conference men's basketball game.
At least, that's how Georgetown Coach Chris Briggs saw things.
"We had our toughness tonight. We had intensity," Briggs said. "We put pretty much a full 40 minutes together. ... I'm just really proud of them, their toughness down the stretch.
"Campbellsville kept fighting. They're a heck of a team, and that was a heck of an NAIA basketball game right there. Two really good teams. I can't praise Campbellsville enough. They've got a heck of a team. They do a heck of a job, and they're going to win a lot of games this year, as evidenced by what they've already done. I'm just so proud of my guys and their toughness."
Playing before a near-capacity crowd in Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium, Georgetown (16-3, 5-2 Mid-South) was led by Tony Kimbro with a career-high 26 points.
Kimbro, whose previous high was 11 points, knocked down 8 of 9 field-goal attempts, going 6-for-6 from the three-point line and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.
"We were just playing as a team. ... It just felt good, everything," Kimbro said. "I felt like I was shooting in the ocean."
Deondre McWhorter added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, while Noah Cottrill and Corey Washburn had 13 points each. Point guard Mike Walker had six points, seven rebounds and 11 assists.
Campbellsville (19-2, 6-1) had a 13-game winning streak snapped.
"We had 10 games to go coming into this one, and it was going to be extremely difficult to run the table," Coach Keith Adkins said. "It probably wasn't going to happen. And we've got nine now, and it's probably not going to happen either with the last nine. But what we've got to make sure of is that we bounce back now. Don't hang your head. Get your head up. Turn it from a negative into a positive and use it as motivation going forward."
Eric Gaines paced the visitors with 23 points. NAIA Player of the Week Damontre Harris totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds. D'Von Campbell had 14 points and five assists. And Darius Clement added 11 points.
Kimbro, going 3-for-3 from three-point range, had 13 points to help Georgetown to a 39-30 halftime lead.
Georgetown shot 5 of 8 as a team from long distance and fired in 55.6 percent (15 of 27) overall.
Campbellsville, 1 of 8 beyond the arc, shot 40.6 percent (13 of 32) overall and was led by Gaines with 11 first-half points.
Georgetown pushed the lead to 13 early in the second half, but Campbellsville wasn't finished.
The visitors clawed back and took a 67-66 lead on Campbell's layup with 5:12 left.
From there, though, Georgetown closed with a 22-9 rush.
Kimbro got things started with a three-pointer, and McWhorter followed with a dunk. Both would do the same one more time down the stretch.
And Georgetown sealed matters by going 8-for-8 at the foul line over the final 1:34. Kimbro sank the first four, followed by two each from Walker and Cottrill.
"Different guys making plays," Briggs said. "Tony Kimbro hitting huge shots. Mike Walker making great passes. Deondre McWhorter stepping up to play with everybody talking about big Harris."
"I think Georgetown, tonight, they were better than us," Adkins said. "Bottom line; give them credit. They were ready to play. I think they did a great job of getting a scouting report on us and the bottom line is we made too many mistakes. We left too many points out on the floor to have a chance to win on the road."