Men's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 17, 2012
No. 14 Georgetown (Ky.) used a 46-24 second-half scoring
burst to eliminate Southern-New Orleans (La.), 78-52, in the final game of the
second round in the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball
National Championship. The Tigers head to their eighth quarterfinal since 1998
with the late contest on Saturday at 8 p.m. CDT. They battle No. 11 Mountain
State (W.Va.), a team that beat Georgetown last year in the semifinals.
"I am proud of our guys," said Georgetown head
coach Chris Briggs. "I really thought Garel Craig stepped up. I thought
Jordan Demercy made some plays and Josh Lockett played well in place of Maurice
Pearson. We are going to work as hard as we can, and I thought for the most
part, we did that."
Both clubs struggled to score points in the first half.
Georgetown took a 32-28 lead into the half, but shot just 36 percent (10-of-28)
from the field. The Tiger advantage came at the free throw line where they
scored six more points (11-5) than Southern-New Orleans.
Clyde Moore made a jumper in the lane to hand the Knights
a 16-12 lead at the 14:05 mark. But Georgetown went to work behind nine points
from Garel Craig and seven from Jordan Demercy. The Tigers crept ahead late in
the half and led 32-28 at the break.
A basket by Jared Lewis and Merlin Walker were the only
points scored by the Knights in the first nine minutes of the second half.
Conversely, a 34-30 Georgetown lead turned into a 57-32 gap that Southern-New
Orleans could not threaten.
Southern seemed to run out of gas in the second half
after a grueling, come-from-behind overtime win last night over No. 2 seed
Robert Morris (Ill.). That game ended after 1 a.m. CDT last night.
Garel finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13
shooting. Demercy recorded 13 points and 12 boards. Josh Lockett and Allan
Thomas chipped in 10 points each.
Kevin Dukes was the lone Southern-New Orleans player in
double figures with 10 points. One night after scoring 34 and grabbing 21
rebounds, Clyde Moore struggled offensively with just two points and six
Thanks to a 61 percent clip in the second half,
Georgetown shot 49 percent overall. Southern-New Orleans posted a 36.4
percent shooting total.
Southern will head home with an 18-14 record and a Gulf
Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship.
"It (getting to the second round) was a big
accomplishment," said Southern-New Orleans head coach Dale Valdery.
"They played hard. There are some things we need to work on, but I was
extremely proud of their effort. They didn't give up and they kept hustling
even though we were down. They (Georgetown) were well prepared and did what
they needed to win. Those are the things we're going to have to work on in the
Southern-New Orleans - Southern-New Orleans was a second-round participant
for the third-straight appearance at the national tournament ... The Knights'
all-time national tournament record dropped to 3-7 with the loss ... This is
the second appearance in a row the Knights have been knocked out of the
tournament by a team from the Mid-South Conference, falling to Lindsey Wilson
(Ky.) in the 2004 second round ... The loss snapped a season-long six-game
winning streak ... The 52 points was a season-low for the Knights and their
fewest in their history at the national tournament.
Georgetown - Georgetown will be making its fifth
quarterfinal appearance in the last 10 years ... The Tigers will be matched up
with Mountain State (W.Va.) for the second-straight season and third time in
five years after falling to the Cougars in the semifinal round in both 2008 and
2011 ... Georgetown ran its all-time record at the national tournament to 54-29
... The 52 points allowed was the fewest given up by a Georgetown team at the
national tournament since yielding 49 in a victory over Arkansas Tech in 1996.