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Campbellsville University avenged a buzzer-beating loss from December by knocking off fourth-ranked Georgetown College 79-76 on Jan. 28 in Powell Athletic Center.
The home Tigers controlled the lead most of the game to hand Georgetown their second-straight loss in Mid-South Conference play.
After losing six games in the first half of MSC play, including the Dec. 3 match-up at Georgetown, Campbellsville entered the week tied for last place in the conference. With the win Saturday, Campbellsville (15-7, 4-6 MSC) moves up to sixth-place in the conference standings but only three games back of Georgetown (17-5, 7-3 MSC).
“After the game against the Cumberlands (Ky.) last week, and looking back at the first game against Georgetown, I was really hoping that one would go in our favor,” CU head coach Keith Adkins said. “I’m really happy for our guys that this one did. They played so hard and wanted this one so badly. Another one in the opposite direction would have been tough to swallow.”
Georgetown jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first seven minutes, but the nine-point margin proved to be their highest of the night. Then Cedric Henderson took over the game for Campbellsville. Over the next three minutes, Henderson collected four points, three assists, two steals and two defensive rebounds to help the Tigers on an 11-0 run. Justin Ennis capped the run with a three-pointer to give CU its first lead (17-15). It was the first of seven threes for Ennis, who led all scorers with 26 points.
In the second half, Campbellsville locked down on defense to go on a 9-1 run and built a 15-point lead (44-29).
Tyrone Shelley, who had the game-winning tip-in last meeting, scored 10 points for Georgetown over a five-minute stretch. His three with 5:37 to play cut the deficit within a possession (59-56). Ennis answered Shelley’s three with one of his own to insure CU’s lead.
After Anthony Carter pulled Georgetown within two on a three (78-76), CU’s Reggie Smith knocked down a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to secure the win.
CU travels Rio Grande on Feb. 2 and West Virginia Tech on Feb. 4.
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Sophomore reserve Kevin Bobson’s back-to-back three-pointers with six minutes gone in the game gave Campbellsville University a lead it would not relinquish with a 68-57 triumph over Shawnee State on Jan. 26 in the Powell Athletic Center.
Bobson finished with three treys and 13 points while senior Reggie Smith paced the Tigers with 16 points and also hit three from behind the arc.
Jordan Myers tossed in 14 for coach Keith Adkins’ club while point guard Cedric Henderson added 11 points and six assists without a turnover.