GEORGETOWN, Ky — Allan Thomas scored seven of his game-high 18 points during an 11-0 second half run which sparked Georgetown College to a 78-61 victory over the University of Rio Grande, Thursday night, in Mid-South Conference men’s basketball action at the Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The Tigers, who improved to 8-0 all-time against Rio Grande, ran their record to 12-4 overall and 3-4 in the MSC with the win.
The RedStorm, who played without their leading scorer, freshman guard D.D. Joiner, slipped to 6-11 overall and 2-6 in the league with the loss.
Georgetown took a 29-26 lead into the lockerroom after a first half that featured six ties and five lead changes.
The Tigers’ lead stood at 36-34 after a bucket by Rio Grande senior center Dominick Haynes with 16:42 left in the contest, but the RedStorm would go two minutes before scoring again when Haynes hit one of two free throw tries.
In the interim, Georgetown had scored 11 straight points to open up a 13-point advantage and the Tigers never looked back.
Thomas, who scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, started the scoring spurt with a three-pointer and later added jumpers on consecutive possessions.
Rio Grande sliced the deficit to single digits when a three-pointer by freshman swingman Austin McMaster with 14:07 remaining made it 47-38, but Thomas countered with another trifecta of his own on Georgetown’s ensuing possession to send the Tigers back in front by 12 points and the RedStorm got no closer the rest of the way.
Georgetown’s biggest lead of the contest was 21 points, 78-57, following a basket by Deondre McWhorter with 1:26 left to play.
McWhorter was one of three other Tigers in double-figures, finishing with 13 points.
Vic Moses added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Garel Craig tacked on 10 points and a game-high six assists off the bench.
Georgetown shot just over 51 percent from the field in the second half (19-for-37) and finished the game with just nine turnovers and a 46-40 edge in rebounding.
Haynes led Rio Grande by equaling Thomas’ game-high total of 18 points, while senior guard Kaleb Kimber had 11 points and junior forward Karl Moore snared seven rebounds.
The RedStorm shot just 27.6 percent from the floor in the first half (8-for-29) and were just 5-for-14 at the free throw line (35.7 percent) in the second half after hitting nine of their 10 attempts at the charity stripe before the intermission.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday when it wraps up a two-game weekend road swing at St. Catharine College. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.