- #1 Georgetown – The Tigers started off the week on Thursday with a real scare on the road against Campbellsville, as they trailed by 5 points with just under 5 minutes to go. Back to Back 3’s though by Jacob Conway, and Jake Ohmer allowed Georgetown to rally, and then hold on for the 66-58 Mid-South road win. Ohmer scored a career high 27 points in the win. On Saturday, Georgetown got off to a blazing hot start to take a 14 point lead into half. Lindsey Wilson would then catch fire early in the 2nd half, but the rally was shortcoming and Georgetown enforced it’s will again to get the 97-81 win. Ohmer led Georgetown in scoring once again with 25 points. Chris Coffey contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Big week ahead as they host #25 Shawnee State on Thursday, and then travel to #14 Pikeville on Saturday.
- #16 Cumberlands (KY) – Cumberlands big time week started off with a 71-62 home win against #14 Pikeville. The game featured a slow moving 1st half, with both teams trying to pound it inside. The Patriots were able to hit a couple big shots to take the lead for good, and went into half up 30-24. Cumberlands would get up as much as 15 in the 2nd half before Pikeville went on a late rally to close the gap to 9. The Patriots hit FT’s though and Pikeville couldn’t ever get over the hump in the 2nd half to make it a game. Tevin Olison led Cumberlands with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Patriots had little time to celebrate the win though, as they had Friday to prep for the Saturday game with #25 Shawnee St. Cumberlands came out ready to play, and took a 41-32 lead into the break. However, Shawnee wasn’t ready to call it quits, and made a nice 2nd half run to tie the game up. Tevin Olison decided he had enough though, and hit the game winning 3 with 3.7 seconds left. Olison was a blistering 7-9 from 3 in the game, to finish with a career high 33 points. Cumberlands will have a week to recover from Mid-South action.
- #25 Shawnee State – Shawnee just had one game this past week, as they hit the road to play #16 Cumberlands. Shawnee got off to a slow start in this one before rallying in the 2nd half to tie the game at 70 a piece, with Cumberlands having the possession. Unfortunately, the great Shawnee defense was unable to stop Tevin Olison all night, and he hit the game winner with less then 4 seconds to go in the game. Kyree Elder had 25 points, 7 rebounds for Shawnee. Busy week for Shawnee as they will step out of Mid-South play on Monday to play NAIA DII #13 Lourdes before heading to #1 Georgetown on Thursday, and then hosting Thomas More on Saturday.
- #14 Pikeville – Traveled to #16 Cumberlands (KY) on Thursday night where they lost 62-71. They did place 3 guys in double figures, led by the 18 points of Jordan Perry. On Saturday, the Bears hosted Non-NAIA member Carver and won 98-60. Korbin Spencer came off the bench to score a game high 20 points in the win. UPike travels to Thomas More on Thursday, before returning home to host #1 Georgetown on Saturday.
- Thomas More – Thomas More lost 75-84, at home to Lindsey Wilson on Thursday. The Saints came out strong in this one, and built a 40-28 lead, before Lindsey Wilson caught fire in the 2nd half to out score the Saints 56-35 in the 2nd stanza. Luke Rudy had 32 points in the loss. Thomas More would rebound nicely though on Saturday when they picked up a BIG 52-46 home win against Campbellsville. It was a very low scoring affair, especially in the 2nd half where the teams combined for 41 points. Thomas More would find themselves on the right end of the slug-fest though as they got 17 points from Luke Rudy to help get them the win. Thomas More has won 3 of it’s last 4 games now, and will look to have a big week, starting on Monday with NAIA DII Northwestern Ohio coming to town. They will end the week hosting #14 Pikeville on Thursday, and then traveling to #25 Shawnee St on Saturday.
- RV Lindsey Wilson – Started off the week with a nice 84-75 road win over Thomas More. The Blue Raiders came out firing from deep and made 17-29 from the 3 point line in this one. Kel Stotts and Payton Cundiff both had 21 apiece in the win, combining to go 10 of 18 from 3. Reece Brooks also with a nice showing as he contributed 17 points and 7 assists in the win. Unfortunately, for Lindsey Wilson, they had to travel to #1 Georgetown on Saturday. After trailing by 14 points at half time, the Blue Raiders would catch fire early in the 2nd half to cut the lead down, but in the end, Georgetown answered with their own run, and beat Lindsey Wilson 97-81. Lindsey hosts Cumberland (TN) on Thursday and Life (GA) on Saturday.
- Campbellsville – Campbellsville hosted #1 Georgetown on Thursday night, and had the #1 team pinned to the ropes with 5 minutes to go. The Tigers were unable to hold onto their late 5 point lead though, and would end up losing to Georgetown 58-66. Taiveyhon Mason paced the Tigers with 15 points, to go along with 8 points, and 6 assists. On Saturday, Campbellsville looked to have a little bit of a hangover from the Georgetown loss, as they went on the road to lose to Thomas More 52-46. The Tigers shot an abysmal 35.8% from the field, and just 26.3% from 3. Richie Mitchell was the lone Tiger in double figures with 14 points.
- Cumberland (TN) – Cumberland was able to bounce back this week with 2 wins. They traveled to Non-NAIA member Oakwood on Thursday and won by a score of 69-61. Jalen Duke had a career night off the bench with 33 points, and 7 rebounds. Aaron Ridley also chipped in 18 points in the win. On Saturday, the Phoenix returned to Mid-South play as they hosted Life University. This was a highly contested contest for the entire 40 minutes, with no team having a lead more than 7 points. Cumberland would make enough big plays though down the stretch to get the 74-71 win. Cumberland will look to keep the momentum going this week as they travel to Lindsey Wilson on Thursday, and then host Campbellsville on Saturday.
- Life – Life only had one game this past week, but dropped it’s 5th straight game, losing at Cumberland (TN) 71-74. Jeremy Joyner led the way in this game with 17 points. Antwan Maxwell chipped in 16, and Connor Gamble added in 12. Life will look to right the ship this week when they travel to Campbellsville on Thursday, and then will be on the road again on Saturday when they face Lindsey Wilson.
- Georgetown – Even the best teams get tested from time to time, but Georgetown has now won 29 straight dating back to last season.
- Cumberlands (KY) – With home wins over #25 Shawnee State, and #14 UPike, Cumberlands gets the nod to the 2 spot in the Mid-South.
- Shawnee State – Lost on road to Cumberlands, but another big week to make some noise.
- Campbellsville – Have had a tough stretch of games that saw them lose 4 in a row. Need to get two wins this week against the bottom of the league.
- Pikeville – Needing to show more with only 6 NAIA wins on the season.
- Lindsey Wilson – If they can beat the two last place teams in the league, they could find themselves in a great spot in the standings.
- Thomas More – 3 games this week, 2 against Top 25 teams.
- Cumberland (TN) – in a 5 way tie for 4th place in the league. Could really benefit from a BIG week.
- Life – Only 1 conference win still.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Monday, January 27th
#25 Shawnee St. vs NAIA DII #13 Lourdes 7:00pm ET
Thursday, January 30th
#25 Shawnee St. @ #1 Georgetown 8:00pm ET
Saturday, February 1st
#1 Georgetown @ #14 Pikeville 4:00pm ET
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