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Accolades continue to pour in for the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Champions. Wednesday afternoon the postseason Coaches' Poll was released by the NAIA national office. Georgetown College rose from No. 13 to No. 1. This is the first time GC has been back on top since March 5, 2008.
The No. 1 Tigers got all 11 first place votes for 281 points. Runner-up Southwestern Assemblies of God University finished No. 2, up from No. 6. Fellow Mid-South Conference member Lindsey Wilson College finished No. 3, down a spot from No. 2.
Georgetown's semifinal and quarterfinal opponents made some of the largest leaps. Louisiana State University Shreveport jumped 21 spots to No. 4, while Culver-Stockton went from receiving votes to No. 10.
Hired on his 30th birthday, Chris Briggs had big dreams and plans for the Georgetown College men's basketball program he had come to love through his four years as an assistant. The Tigers have an expectation of success and a leadership of legendary coaches. The youthful coach has definitely kept both of those traditions going.
In just two seasons, and only 31 years of age, Briggs' is 54-17 (76.1 winning percentage) with a national title and NAIA Coach of the Year to his credit.
"Winning the national title, with this team, is such an amazing feeling," Briggs said. "These guys worked so hard and you could see the change in demeanor and focus when we were in Kansas City. That is one of the toughest tournaments out there. You are playing five games in six days, it can wear on anyone.
"But we wanted it and went and got it."
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."
Georgetown College men's basketball won its second NAIA Division I National title Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo. The champions are currently on a charter back to Georgetown and are estimated to arrive around 8 pm. Come help celebrate with the team and honor these hardworking young men.