Great effort

Troy Steward helped Georgetown College out of a big second-half deficit Saturday, but the Tigers fell, 82-80, at Washington Adventist University.

Georgetown College’s 11-game winning streak to open the men’s basketball season ended Saturday night with an 82-80 loss to Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Troy Steward led the way with 18 points for the Tigers, who rallied valiantly from an 21-point deficit but couldn’t complete tyhe comeback. Dominique Reid topped the Tigers with nine rebounds. Tyrik Edwards had a team-high six assists.

Xavier Sewell had 23 points for the aptly named Shock, who defeated a top-five team in NAIA for the first time in school history. GC is ranked No. 4 in the current coaches’ poll and had won every previous game by double digits.

It was only the Tigers’ second true road game of the season.

Sewell sank two free throws to break an 80-all tie. 

Washington Adventist led 64-43 with 12:21 left after enjoying a modest 39-35 margin at the half.

GC battled back to pull ahead 69-67 with six minutes to go. Later the Tigers answered a go-ahead 3-pointer by Sewell with a traditional 3-point play by Murshid Randle to tie the game at 80.

Kal Oakes can be reached via email at sports@news-graphic.com.

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