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Arizona Christian University came to life with just less than 10 minutes left in the first round of the 2015 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Championship. The Firestorm nearly scored a third of their points following a 30 second timeout with 9:10 remaining for a 94-82 win over No. 12 Georgetown College.
Corey Washburn hit a three from the top of the arc to cap a 9-4 run and give the Tigers (25-8) a 70-63 lead. ACU responded with a 31-12 finish that ended the perennial NAIA power's trip to Kansas City in round one. Georgetown is 9-3 under Chris Briggs in this tournament and it was the first exit short of the quarterfinals under his leadership as well.
"We warned the guys at the half," Briggs said. "ACU is a second half time. You have to keep playing defense and guarding against the three."
Arizona Christian (25-8) came into the tournament ranked 10th in three-point field goal percentage and 13th in three-point field goals made. However, GC had held the Firestorm to just 1-of-4 in the first 20 minutes.
Georgetown College men's basketball learned its fate for its 24th straight NAIA Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. It is the No. 12 Tigers (25-7) 34th appearance all-time with a 61-33 overall record. All three marks are records for the NAIA.
GC earned a first round match up with Arizona Christian University 11:45 am EST Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
The Firestorm (24-8) is making just their third appearance and has been 0-2 in previous tries. They had a solid 2014-15 season, including beating defending national champion Vanguard three times.
This is the first meeting between these two teams.
As Georgetown College men's basketball gears up for another national tournament, former players are continuing to display why the Tigers program is so successful.
Four players graduating in the past three seasons are playing somewhere overseas. Monty Wilson became the most recent former Tiger to be picked up to play. The 2013 NAIA Tournament MVP and 2014 alum is playing in Montenegro. He plays for Mornar Bar.
Georgetown College men's basketball fell in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament Saturday. In a rematch from a week previous, the No. 11 Tigers battled the No. 7 Campbellsville Tigers. CU (27-5) rallied for the 78-72 win.
GC (25-7) held a four-point halftime edge, but timely shooting and five second half threes helped Campbellsville rally.
Eric Gains jumper gave CU its largest lead of 11 just more than six minutes into the second half. Georgetown responded with a 17-9 run to get within three. That is as close as it got.
Georgetown College men's basketball made it a clean sweep of Life University in the school's first year as full members of the Mid-South Conference. The No. 11 Tigers (25-6) got a lift from senior Corey Washburn in a 107-89 win in the conclusion of the MSC quarterfinals Friday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
He tallied a new career-high 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds. Junior Noah Cottrill poured in a game-high 28 points. Junior Deondre McWhorter had the only other double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Domonique Bull came off the bench for 11 points and six assists, while Darion Burns had seven points and seven assists.
Georgetown needed a shot in the arm as junior Tony Kimbro played just two minutes and 15 seconds after sustaining a wrist injury while falling backwards.