Men's Basketball - Sun, Mar. 20, 2011
Georgetown College men's basketball team is elated, but not content, following a quarterfinal win Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
"We've still got two games to win," said Tiger senior Eddie Gray. "We won't be satisfied until we do."
Gray's shot kissed off the backboard with 1.6 seconds remaining to defeat No. 2 Concordia University (CA) in the 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
The 69-67 win gives the Mid-South Conference two teams in the Fab Four as Pikeville College knocked off No. 1 Robert Morris University in the first game of the day.
"This was just a great game," said GC coach Happy Osborne. "I thought our guys showed tremendous character after falling behind by as many as seven in the second half."
Georgetown (32-4) led by eight heading into the break, but the Eagles (32-4) rallied with a 10-0 spurt to grab the lead for the first time since 13-12 advantage eight minutes into the game.
The Tigers responded with a run of their own for another eight-point cushion with 13:53 remaining when Gray hit a three. Concordia's Peter Smith came to life with eight points of his own on two threes and a layup. The junior guard scored 14 of his game-tying high 18 points in the final 20 minutes, but missed two threes down the stretch as the Tigers made a 13-5 run to reclaim a 63-62 lead.
The game seesawed back and forth and inside the last minute Rodney Haddix scored to give GC a 67-65 lead, but Jarrel Smith answered with a two on the other end, all setting the stage for Gray.
"We've said all year, Eddie Gray is as good or better than any point guard in the country," Osborne said. "His last second shot today was a big time play."
Following that play, Concordia called a time out and GC needed one more defensive stop to seal the trip to the semifinals. The Eagles tried to heave the ball to midcourt, but Vic Moses rose up and smacked the ball back down to the floor as the clock ran out.
"This was a great team effort," Gray said. "I just wanted to do my part."
He led with 18 points, while Pearson had 13, Haddix 12, Vic 10, Matt Walls eight, Tyrone Shelley six and Vincent Crutcher two. Moses led with eight rebounds, while Pearson and Walls added five each.
The Tigers next opponent is No. 3 Mountain State (32-3) with an 8 p.m. CST (9 p.m. EST) tip time Monday. The Cougars beat unseeded Rogers State, 69-62, in their quarterfinal game.
GC has played Mountain State 12 times since the 1994-95 season. MSU holds a 7-5 series edge, one of only a handful of teams that holds a winning record against the Tigers. The last time these two played was in the 2008 semifinals where the Cougars won 78-65.
- This is GC's 11th trip to the semifinals and first since 2008
- Happy is 28-13 overall in the national tournament as the head coach at Georgetown; GC is 52-28 overall in the tournament'
- Vic Moses is 24-of-29 from the field with 50 points in three games in Kansas City, the junior's 10 points Saturday moved him to the 17th all-time leading scorer at Georgetown with 1,540 points