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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 College men's basketball continued its defense of the 2013 national title with a comeback win similar to one it had in Kansas City, Mo. a season ago.
The No. 16 Tigers (24-10) trailed William Carey University (28-3) by 19 early in the first half of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Division I National Basketball Tournament Second Round. However, they chipped away and eventually pulled off the 98-90 win. GC advances to the quarterfinals 5 pm EST Saturday against Vanguard.
Monty Wilson scored a team-high 25 points, 15 of which came in the second half as Georgetown needed to erase a 14-point deficit.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Monty Wilson finished with a game-high 39 points on 10-of-16 shooting to lead the way for defending national champion and No. 14 seed Georgetown (Ky.) to top Wayland Baptist (Texas) 97-90 on Wednesday in the first round of the 2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship in Municipal Auditorium.
The point total was the most in a game at the national championship since 2012 and sends the Tigers into the second round for the 12th time since 2000.
"Monty Wilson has had some pretty good games in this gym and he stepped up tonight making big free throws and big plays," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. "The first game out here is always the toughest and you're getting used to the daily grind and you have to get comfortable.
Georgetown College men's basketball will tip off its 23rd straight appearance in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Tournament 9:45 pm EST Wednesday.
The defending national champions are the No. 14 team in the tournament field. The Tigers (22-10) take on Wayland Baptist in the first round, the first meeting between these two schools.
Georgetown College men's basketball heads to its 23rd straight national tournament and will open play Wednesday, March 19 at 9:45 pm EST against Wayland Baptist (23-10). This is the first ever meeting between these two schools.
The No. 16 Tigers (22-10) got a 14 seed and are in the Duer Bracket. Other teams in that bracket are: No. 8 Vanguard (27-6), Life University (19-14), Westminster (19-12), No. 11 Benedictine (22-8), Philander Smith (20-11) and No. 3 William Carey (27-2).
Wayland has not been to the national tournament since 2008, but are making the team's 15th all-time appearance. The Pioneers have won five of their last six games this season. They average 90 points per game and win by an average of 12.3. They shoot 48 percent from the field, 37.4 from three-point range. Wayland is a force on the glass as a team – averaging 44.6 rebounds a game to its opponent's 37.0.
Georgetown averages 89.91 points per game and wins by an average margin of eight points. The Tigers shoot 46.4 from the field – 35.5 percent from deep. As a team, GC grabs 43 rebounds per game.