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Men's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 22, 2008
Tigers Claw Their Way to 11th Final Four AppearanceTigers Claw Their Way to 11th Final Four Appearance

Kansas City, Mo. - Georgetown College advanced to the Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I National Championship semi-finals for the 11th time in school history with an 88-84 win over Robert Morris on Saturday.

It took all 40 minutes to put the win in the column for the 35-0 Tigers.

Above: David Graham drives for two of his 20 points in the game. Below: Donnovan Brown
posts up in the paint. Photos courtesy of Richard Davis.

Clinging to an 85-84 lead, junior guard Demetrius Guoins was fouled on an inbounds play and made two free throws to give Georgetown an 87-84 lead with 12 seconds to play. Robert Morris pushed the ball up to junior guard Andre White, who was fouled while attempting a three-point shot with 6.8 seconds to go. White was off the mark on all three attempts, and Guoins grabbed the rebound off the final miss. He was fouled and made one of two attempts with 5.9 seconds remaining to clinch the win for the Tigers.

The Georgetown/Robert Morris game featured 15 ties and seven lead changes. Both teams shot well from the floor in the second half, with the Tigers making 55.9 percent of their field goal tries (19-of-34) while the Eagles hit on 51.7 percent of their attempts (15-of-29).

Senior forward Gus Chase and junior guard David Graham each scored a team-high 20 points for Georgetown, while senior guard Justin Taylor recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Most of Graham's points came in the crucial second half after scoring just two in the opening half.

"I thought he really went to work and played tough," said Head Coach Happy Osborne. "David showed what he is tonight - a tough kid."

Sophomore guard Kyle Saxton chipped in 10 points off the bench for the Tigers, leading the important bench scoring total of 23. "Those guys continued to give big minutes at crucial points in the game," said Osborne.

Robert Morris held the lead on three different occasions in the second half, with the last coming at 50-48 following a basket and free throw by senior forward Othyus Jeffers with 13:40 to play. Georgetown regained the momentum and eventually took an eight-point lead, 74-66, thanks to a 9-3 run. The Eagles countered when Jeffers scored eight consecutive points to help the Eagles tie the game at 74-74 with 4:27 to play. A basket by Graham on the Tigers' next possession put Georgetown in front to stay.

Jeffers led all scorers with 25 points for Robert Morris. He also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Junior guard terry Dunlap added 19 points along with four assists, while White posted 14 points. Robert Morris ends its season with an overall record of 28-4. The Eagles had reached the NAIA Tournament semifinal round in each of the last three years.

The Tigers will meet No. 5 seed Mountain State University (W.Va.) on Monday in a national semifinal contest. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST. The semi-final and final rounds of the tournament will be broadcast live on CSTV and via the internet at www.watchnaia.com (pay-per-view is $7.95 per game). Tiger Radio will also broadcast the games on both 101.5 FM (Lexington, Ky.) and www.georgetowncollegeathletics.com

This will be Georgetown's first visit to the NAIA Tournament semifinal round since 2004, when the Tigers were also paired with Mountain State. The Cougars defeated Georgetown 96-77 on their way to the 2004 title.

NOTES:

  • Tonight's victory totals Georgetown's 49th NAIA Tournament win and extends the Tigers' all-time NAIA record
  • Georgetown will be making its 11th NAIA Fab Four appearance, and first since 2004
  • Georgetown met Mountain State in 2004 national semifinals, with Mountain winning 96-77
  • The Tigers are making their NAIA-record 17th consecutive tournament visit
  • Senior Donnovan Brown is expected to play on Monday night after a hard foul sent him to the floor and limited his minutes in the second half.

Perfect Season Still Intact - "Final Eight Feels Great" (3-21-08)

Kansas City, Mo - Georgetown College continued a perfect season of 34-0 and advanced to the elite eight of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship with a hard-fought 85-83 win over Trevecca Nazarene University on Friday.

"I knew Trevecca was good, but man they shot the daylights out," said head coach Happy Osborne.

The Trojans flexed their muscle in the first half, leading by as many as eight three different times and frustrating Georgetown's leading scorer Gus Chase by doubling in on him and not allowing him a lot of touches in the paint.

"I knew I had to be patient and wait for it all to come," said Chase, who ended the game with 26 points and five rebounds. "Sometimes it just takes a while."

Trevecca Nazarene took a 41-38 lead into the half before the Tigers changed the pace at the beginning of the second, outscoring the Trojans 12-1 in the first three minutes. Later, Chase changed the momentum of the game with a series of a missed shot followed by his own rebound and putback and then a three pointer from the corner on the next trip down the court to make it 78-73.

"All I can say is thank God for Gus Chase," said Osborne.

But the Trojans wouldn't go away, with multiple lead changes along the way and an opportunity to tie or win the game after trimming an 84-77 deficit with just 38 seconds left in the game. Sophomore guard Matthew Elliott made two free throws to pull the Trojans within five points. Following a Georgetown turnover, junior forward Brian Oduor scored and was fouled. Odour's free throw helped Trevecca Nazarene trim the deficit to 84-82 with 25 seconds to play.

After a missed free throw by Jerry Turner and a Trevecca rebound, senior Rick James was fouled with 14 seconds left. James made the first but missed the second, leaving Georgetown in front 84-83. Tiger guard David Graham was fouled on the rebound and he made one of two free throws to push the Tigers back up by a score of 85-83.

The Trojans, who ended the season at 25-10, held for the final shot, but Elliott was just off the mark with a three-point attempt and ended the night with 14 points.

Chase led all scorers, while David Graham added 17 points. Both players handed out a team-leading four assists. Senior forward Donnovan Brown chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Demetrius Guoins came off the bench to post 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Trevecca Nazarene senior Josh Helton scored a team-high 21 points and dished out six assists. Oduor scored 17 points in a reserve role for the Trojans who ended their season with an overall record of 25-10.

Next up for Georgetown are the Eagles of Robert Morris who won 80-64 over Point-Loma in their second round game. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.

(To view the Georgetown vs. Trevecca Nazarene boxscore, click here)

Women's Basketball Ends Season at NAIA National Tournament (3-20-08)

Jackson, Tn - Georgetown College ended the season with a 69-61 loss to Freed-Hardeman University in the opening round of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship on Thursday.

The Tigers, who ended the year with a record of 23-10, were led by Jayme Gilbert who had 18 points, five boards and three steals. In their last collegiate performances, both Kim Ingle and Amy Schiller went down fighting, fouling out. Ingle had 10 points, five rebounds and a game-high five steals while Schiller scored six.

Freed-Hardeman held the Tigers to just 32 percent shooting on the night, including a tough first half when none of their nine three-point attempts were successful. After trailing 28-20 at the half, Georgetown made several runs, including cutting the deficit to five with under a minute remaining. But in the end, the Tigers could not stop the Lions' Jana Cross, who scored 23 points.

(To view the Georgetown vs. Freed-Hardeman boxscore, click here)

 
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