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Georgetown College men's basketball team has had one staple the past several years – Vic Moses. The Lexington native picked the Tigers straight out of high school and has been a dominant presence in his four years. He missed his scheduled senior season when in the spring of 2011 he tore his Achilles, but took the red shirt and worked on his game until he could finish his career out in Orange & Black in 2012-13.
Now he and the team are reaping the rewards of all the dedication and hard work. Moses, the four-time NAIA All-American, was named to the First-Team Monday afternoon. He helped guide the Tigers to their first national title since 1998.
"This is what you work for and why I came to Georgetown," Moses said. "The tradition here is excellence. It was a goal of mine to win a national championship and every one of us worked hard to get here.
"It is a team effort and every night we all just did what we needed to do to help the team. I'm not here, enjoying this moment, without all of my teammates."
Moses averaged a double-double in five wins over six days. He started by dropping 26 points and snagging a career-high 21 rebounds. He averaged 17 points and 13.6 rebounds a game and had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the championship game. Moses hit 55.9 percent from the field for the tournament and in the title game hit a rare three-pointer for the low-post player.
"There was a definite focus and urgency from Vic in Kansas City," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "He set the tone in that first game. You could just see it on all of our players. No matter what they were on a mission and going to bring this championship home.
"Things like that don't just appear one day. It goes back to all the hours in the gym and Vic has been such a key player from the moment he arrived in Georgetown."
The Henry Clay High School star was named NAIA's Player of the Year, a first in Georgetown's illustrious history. NAIA began handing out the honor in 1994.
"That wasn't even on my mind," Moses said. "When I was rehabbing and working on the parts of my game I could, the focus was this national title.
"Individual honors are nice. It is a nod to people taking notice of your efforts, but they can't take notice of someone's efforts without teammates that are working just as hard. These honors belong to all of us."
This is the first title in Moses' career despite making many deep runs in the postseason at Henry Clay and Georgetown. In the first round of the Mid-South Conference tournament, he became the 10th Tiger to every notch 2,000 points. He finishes with 2,106 – eighth all-time at GC, and he also grabbed 1,062 rebounds in four years.
Almost every year he was at the top or near the top in the nation for field goal percentage. He finished No. 1 this year with 66.8 percent. He was also number one in the country in rebounds with 324. Moses was also in the Top 10 for rebounds per game (third with 9.82) and offensive rebounds per game (third with 4.61).