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Putting into words what Deondre McWhorter accomplished in his four years with Georgetown College men's basketball team does not seem to do justice. This year he averaged 18.4 points and 10 rebounds a game.
The Louisville, Ky. native ranked nationally in the Top 15 of – total rebounds, offensive rebounds per game, rebounds per game, total scoring, total blocks and blocks per game. He was also in the Top 25 nationally for defensive rebounds per game, field goal percentage and points per game.
All of which helped to make him the choice for 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year honor, just the third Tiger to ever receive such accolades and the second in four years. The first was Will Carlton in the 1998-99 season. Vic Moses was the most recent in 2012-13.
Georgetown College men's basketball started a journey in late September that will culminate tonight in the program's sixth national title game. The No. 1 Tigers (32-3) will face No. 14 Mid-America Christian University (27-9) in the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship 8 pm EDT Tuesday.
GC will be looking for a third title overall, first since 2013. The Tigers won their first national crown in 1998. Georgetown is making an NAIA record 35th overall and an NAIA record 25th straight appearance.
On the opposite spectrum are the Evangels, out of Oklahoma City, Okla. They are making a second appearance, the first coming this past year. MACU advanced to the quarterfinals in 2015 and have a 6-1 overall record in Kansas City, Mo.
The Tigers are 65-34 in the national tournament.
Georgetown College men's basketball took a shot, trailing for most of the first half Monday in the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship semifinals. However, out of the locker room they stormed once again. The No. 1 Tigers (32-3) went on a 14-4 blitz behind great defensive pressure. MidAmerica Nazarene University (28-9) did not go away, but could never fully recover in a 90-83 setback. This marks the sixth time overall for Georgetown in the finals and second in four years under coach Chris Briggs.
"We are excited to be back in the finals," Briggs said. "We have one guy who has been through this before. The guys have to work hard, prepare and focus."
GC will battle Mid-America Christian University 8 pm EDT Tuesday. The Evangels (27-9) were 93-89 winners over Campbellsville University in the first semifinal.
Georgetown College men's basketball enters its 14th national tournament semifinal tonight against No. 12 MidAmerica Nazarene University (28-8). Tip is set for 9 pm EDT in the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship nightcap.
The Pioneers are making their fifth appearance to the tournament and this is the first meeting ever between these two teams.
"This is a tough team," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We compare them to the Wisconsin of the NAIA. They are very fundamentally sound and well coached. This will be a battle."
Words cannot define the moment Georgetown College men's basketball team had Sunday afternoon during the day off from games at the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.
The Tigers joined the three other semifinalists – Campbellsville University, Mid-America Christian University and MidAmerica Nazarene University – in hosting a basketball clinic for many Special Olympic athletes.
"The premise of this event is for us to give back to these amazing individuals, but what we gain from them is indescribable," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "The energy they bring. The pure love for everything we are doing with them and the smiles they bring to my guys faces – that's priceless."
Georgetown traveled around the court doing lay-up drills, ballhandling skills, foul shooting and passing with one group – many of whom will be in attendance Monday night to help cheer on the Tigers.