A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kimbro turns up the heat for Georgetown as Tigers knock off No. 1 ranked Campbellsville

Tony Kimbro had a career night, missing only one shot, and Georgetown College knocked off top-ranked Campbellsville University in the NAIA Game of the Week.

The No. 17 Tigers (16-3) improved to 5-2 in the Mid-South Conference, while handing Campbellsville (19-2, 6-1) its second loss all season behind Kimbro’s career-high of 26 points, most made threes (6), most threes attempted (6) and most field goals made (8).

“Tony was a flame thrower tonight,” said GC coach Chris Briggs. “I’m very proud of his effort. He was really feeling it. I’m extremely proud of not only the way he hit the threes, but also made the free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.”

Tony Kimbro connects for one of his six three-pointers (Georgetown College Athletics Photo / Richard Davis)

Tony Kimbro connects for one of his six three-pointers (Georgetown College Athletics Photo / Richard Davis)

Kimbro hit a jumper with 14:25 left to match Georgetown’s largest lead of the second half of 13. From there CU responded and turned up the pressure.

Back-to-back turnovers out of the press put Campbellsville in and-one positions with just more than five minutes left. Eric Gaines, who led Campbellsville with 23 points, made the old fashion three. On the next possession, D’Von Campbell put the nation’s top team up one, 67-66, but missed the free one.

Kimbro responded for Georgetown as the Louisville native calmly hit a three off an assist from Mike Walker and the home team never trailed again.

The guard’s lone miss opened the second half as he went for a wide open windmill dunk and was blocked by the rim. Otherwise he was perfect, including blistering the nets from deep on 6-of-6 from three-point range.

Kimbro when 4-of-4 in the final 1:23, keeping Georgetown ahead by eight each time. Walker also calmly hit a pair and with 2.3 left Noah Cottrill tallied the final two points from the stripe.

Each team shot well from the field, GC 53.4 and 60.0 from deep, while CU as 42.6 from the field but struggled to 28.6 from long range. Georgetown also hit 85 percent from the line to Campbellsville’s 44.4.

“I’m really proud of how all the guys played tonight,” Briggs said. “Mike passed the ball well. Tony was shooting lights out. Noah was playing great defense. Deondre (McWhorter) was strong tonight. It was a great game.

“Campbellsville is a very good team that will win a lot this year. Tonight was one heck of an NAIA game, and it was fun to be a part of it.”

McWhorter had several high-flying dunks, finishing with a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds. Cottrill chipped in 13 points as did Corey Washburn. Washburn had a stretch of seven in a row midway through the second half before CU started its final rally.

[widgets_on_pages id=”Email Signup”]

Campbellsville led several times in the first half. It took its largest lead with 14:03 showing as Gaines completed another old fashion three for a 13-7 edge. GC finished on a 32-17 run for a nine-point lead at the break.

Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Saturday hosting St. Catharine.

From Georgetown Athletics

Related Posts

Leave a Comment