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Georgetown used late-half runs in both halves to beat fourth-seeded John Brown (Ark.) 80-67 today in the second round of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium.
The Tigers (25-8) advance to Saturday's national quarterfinals against the winner of Concordia (Calif.) and Culver-Stockton (Mo.). Tip-off for Saturday's game is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
The No. 13-seeded Tigers scored 12 straight points to close the first half to take a 39-27 lead into the locker room and then used a 9-0 run late in the second half to secure the win.
Both Georgetown runs came on the heels of John Brown (28-7) tying the game. While the Eagles forced three ties in the game, they were never able to take the lead against a focused Tiger squad.
In the game's decisive run in the second half, Georgetown thwarted the JBU comeback with back-to-back baskets by Deondre McWhorter and ended with five straight points from Monty Wilson to give Georgetown a 66-57 lead with 3:05 remaining.
The Tigers were never seriously threatened the remainder of the game.
McWhorter -- who finished the game 7-for-7 from the field -- put an exclamation point on the game and all but sealed the win with a thunderous slam with 1:42 left to extend the Tiger lead to 72-59. McWhorter ended the game with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Late Georgetown free throws and meaningless baskets by John Brown provided the 80-67 final score.
Offensively, the Tigers ended the game shooting 48.4 percent (30-of-62) while limiting John Brown to just 37.5 percent (24-of-64), including 12-for-31 from 3-point range. Georgetown also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Eagles 48-31.
Much like their game on Thursday, Georgetown sprinted out of the blocks scoring 14 of the game's first 18 points in a seven-minute span.
But just like St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) did in the Tigers' opening round win, John Brown made a run to tie the game (27-27) with 4:28 left in the half.
The Tigers closed with the first of two impressive late-half runs to lead by 12 at the break.
Wilson joined McWhorter with 18 points while Vic Moses recorded his second straight double-double of the tournament with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Garel Craig made it four Tigers in double figures with 16 points.
John Brown's Abel Galliguez kept the Eagles within striking distance for much of the game with his stellar outside shooting. Galliguez finished with 22 points while making six of eight from deep.
Georgetown advances to its 16th national quarterfinal with today's win. Saturday's opponent will be an unseeded team as both Concordia and Culver-Stockton were upset winners in the opening round on Thursday.
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