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Georgetown used a 12-2 run to pull off a remarkable comeback with an 86-82 win over Culver-Stockton (Mo.) today in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium.
The Tigers (26-8) advance to Monday night's Fab Four and will play the winner of top-seeded Columbia (Mo.) and LSU-Shreveport. Tip-off for Monday's game is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.
Trailing 80-74 with 4:28 remaining in regulation, the No. 13-seeded Tigers methodically chipped away at the lead on one end and held the Wildcats (26-9) without a field goal for the rest of the game on the other.
Garel Craig's two free throws with 2:20 left tied the game for the first time in the half -- and fourth and final time overall -- at 82-82.
Following a pair of Culver-Stockton misses at the free throw line, Monty Wilson drained an 18-footer near the top of the key to give the Tigers the lead for good at 84-82 with 30.4 seconds remaining. Wilson finished with a team-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers.
Culver-Stockton's Austin Keaton missed a three from the corner in the waning seconds and Allan Thomas secured the rebound and was fouled with 6.7 seconds left on the clock. Keaton was one of four Wildcats in double figures with 19.
Thomas swished both free throws to send the Tigers to the program's 13th Fab Four with an 86-82 win. Thomas finished with 18 points.
Georgetown turned in an outstanding defensive effort in the second half after surrendering 52 first-half points.
Culver Stockton raced out to as much as a 17-point first half lead thanks to 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) shooting from 3-point range and 62.5 percent shooting overall in the half.
But the Tiger defense held the Wildcats to just 29.4 percent shooting from the field (10-of-34) and from 3-point range (5-for-17) after the break.
Georgetown ended the game shooting 45.3 percent (29-of-64) while out-rebounding the Wildcats 49-34.
Vic Moses recorded his third double-double of the national tournament with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Craig contributed 21 points -- 17 in the first half.
Marshawn Norris led all scorers with 27 points for the Wildcats. Alen Hadzimahovic and CJ Adams each added 10.