BLUEFIELD, Va. —
An upset looked promising for the home fans at halftime Monday evening in the Dome Gymnasium. Then came the second half.
The Bluefield College Rams led nationally-ranked Georgetown 34-29 at the break, but the Tigers awoke and put up 55 points after intermission to garner an 84-73 win.
Georgetown, ranked No. 19 in the NAIA, turned 20 Bluefield turnovers into 21 points, and scored 21 fast-break points to Bluefield’s eight.
Bluefield (12-10, 5-9 Mid-South) placed four scorers in double figures, led by Kearsten Marion’s 18. Alex Lubsey and Josh Nesbit tallied 15 and 14 points, respectively. Lubsey ripped down 10 rebounds and Nesbit had 14. Devin Page added 12 points.
The Tigers (19-7, 10-5) were paced by Dominique Hagans, who was strong in transition play and finished with 27 points, 17 of those coming in the second half. Monty Wilson was held to just a single point in the opening half, but poured in 21 after the break. Deondre McWhorter also chipped in 13 points, while Montavious Marc had 12 rebounds.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout the opening half, as neither team was able to open up more than a three-point advantage in the first nine minutes.
Bluefield pulled out of a 21-19 deficit with an 8-0 run, led by two threes from Marion and a pair of free throws from Marcus Richardson, which gave the Rams a 27-21 lead. The Rams led 34-26 late in the first half.
The Tigers went on a 13-0 run, with Hagans tallying six points, to take a 51-44 lead with 10:55 to play. Threes from Andrew Wilson and Marion helped cut the deficit to six with 2:23 remaining, but a trey from Monty Wilson and a free throw from Hagans made it a 10-point edge once again and Georgetown cruised from there.
Georgetown made 44 percent of its field-goal tries and 27 of 37 free-throw attempts while Bluefield was 15 for 20 at the line and 37 percent from the floor.
Bluefield was able to outrebound the Tigers by a 50-39 margin. Bluefield grabbed 20 rebounds on the offensive glass, translating into 25 second chance points. Georgetown also did well converting on second chances, tallying 19 points off 12 offensive rebounds.
Women’s game: Georgetown 86, Bluefield 74
The Lady Rams held a 45-37 lead at halftime, but got outscored 49-29 after that as the Tigers made 67 percent of their field-goal attempts after the break, compared to a 36 percent success rate for BC.
Janee Simmons had 11 points, three assists and two blocks for the Lady Rams (12-11, 6-8). Teqa McNeal had 15 points and six assists and Monique Robson had 12 points.
Andrea Howard led the Tigers (17-6, 11-4) with 28 points and seven rebounds.