By DOUG EADS
ROSSVILLE GA — The Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers had won only one game in their initial season of collegiate basketball through their first 14 games into the current season.
On Tuesday night at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Al Gover’s club — with three players back at home with injuries — stepped up and got the job done in winning for the second time this season, posting a 94-77 victory over Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Josiah Williams led a balance scoring attack for CU-Somerset with a game-high 25 points, and Keelan Kennedy added 19 points for the Tigers, as Gover and crew rolled to the impressive 17-point victory over the homestanding Bobcats.
“Any win is a big win, especially when you’re a young program in your first year at this level,” stated a very happy coach Gover after Tuesday night’s contest.
“If we’re going to be successful, we’ve got to toughen up on the defensive end of the floor,” continued the Tigers head coach. “I think we did that in the second half. We challenged them a little big at halftime to toughen up at the end of the floor, and the guys did that.”
CU-Somerset led this one almost from wire to wire, and it was Williams who was the catalyst early on for the Tigers.
The 6-foot-3 guard scored 12 of his team-high 25 points in the opening half of play, helping the Tigers race out to a 46-40 lead by the intermission.
In the second half, the Bobcats could never get back into the lead.
Williams hit a game-high, five treys on his way to a big night, and several of his teammates joined him.
Four Tigers players hit for double figures in the victory. Kennedy added 19 points, and Daniel Coldiron gave CU-Somerset a big lift off the bench with 14 points.
A.J. Thomas tallied 10 points, Meith Reclow scored nine points, and Antwan Hurt had eight points, helping the Tigers roll to win number two on the year.
“Any win is a big win, especially for a first-year program,” pointed out coach Gover.
“We’re building a foundation here, and our kids need to understand what it takes to win at this level,” Gover added.
The CU-Somerset Tigers will return home on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., as Gover and company will host Combine Academy out of Charlotte, North Carolina at Somerset Christian School.