By Will Brooks, Life University
Photo courtesy of Mel Burton
MARIETTA, Ga. – Spurred by a dominating defensive effort with their trademark full-court pressure, the No. 23 Life (Ga.) Running Eagles (7-5) stunned No. 1 Georgetown (Ky.) (9-1) on Monday night (Dec. 2) at the Eagles’ Nest by a 119-109 final score. LIFE forced 29 Georgetown turnovers while riding a 14-2 run from the 10:18 mark to the 8:54 mark in the second half to take as large as a 17-point advantage that carried them to the upset.
LIFE came into the game leading the country in steals per game at over 13 per contest, and they added to that total by swiping 18 on the night, leading to consistent fast break opportunities that they converted. LIFE did have to hold off a furious late Georgetown rally in the end that saw their lead cut to as little as six to hang on to their third victory over a top-ten foe on the young season.
“Whenever LIFE and Georgetown play, it’s always a great game,” said LIFE Head Coach John Barrett after the emotional win. “Our press saved us again. When we can make a team turn it over nearly 30 times, it gives us a great chance to win.”
In No. 1 Georgetown’s first road test of the season, it was apparent that the Eagles’ Nest crowd was a huge factor in the upset. It also didn’t hurt that LIFE had an incredibly balanced and efficient shooting night, with seven players in double figures, led by star senior guard Latraius Mosley’s monster 33-point outburst on 13 of 21 from the field. He was also just one rebound shy of a double-double on the night. Mosley leads the team in scoring at 19.8 per game, but he had a lot of help from his supporting cast tonight as well with guards Caleb Hayes, Philip Jenkins, Jonathan Tinch, Jay Ellis, Jermille Fluker and Jose Pena-Benjamin each scoring in double figures with 15, 14, 13, 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
“In my opinion, Latraius Mosley is the best player in the country,” exclaimed Barrett after the contest. “He’s been consistently great for us and comes up big in the biggest games.”
LIFE will try to carry the momentum of this big win with them when they travel to face Campbellsville University (2-2) in Campbellsville, Ky. this Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. and University of the Cumberlands (6-3) in Williamsburg, Ky. next Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
“In basketball, there’s nothing too big that happens in December; it all happens in March,” noted Barrett on the team’s approach moving forward. “From here on out, we are pointing to March and trying to get better every game.”