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Monty Wilson scored almost half of Georgetown College men's basketball points, but it was not enough to advance to the semifinals for the second straight year and third in the past four. The No. 16 Tigers (24-11) fell in the quarterfinals of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Tournament to Vanguard University (30-6), 93-85.
The Lions had five double figure scorers to counter Wilson's career-tying high night. The senior shot 12-of-19 from the field and was 14-of-15 from the line. This year the Decatur, Ill. native has hit 320 free throws to break Kenny Davis' record of 301 makes in a season.
Georgetown started off strong, holding the lead for much of the first five minutes. However, following Corey Washburn's two in the lane, it was all Vanguard. GC watched a 14-13 lead slip to 29-17 deficit. The Lions biggest lead of the half was at 13 after Selle Hann's three off a turnover.
The Tigers got within nine at the break, 50-41, but were never able to get closer than two the rest of the game. DJ Townsend hit a three with 13:17 remaining for a 61-59 game. Vanguard responded with an 8-2 run to regain control.
Georgetown rallied one final time, getting within three with 2:08 left after a two-point shot from Wilson. VU used a 12-7 burst to close the game and end the Tigers season.
Deondre McWhorter was the only other Tiger in double figures with 18 points. He also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for his 12th double-double.
Noah Cottrill had nine points. Townsend finished with eight. Russ Middleton finished with six and Washburn four.
This is the first time in 22 seasons that the Tigers have not won at least 25 games. Jim Reid's 1990-91 team went 23-8. The following year Georgetown advanced to the national tournament, starting a string of 23 straight trips to Kansas City and 22-straight, 25 or more win seasons.