KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Georgetown College Tigers could not capitalize on opportunities in the second half and fell 72-61 to Central Methodist University in the opening round of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship on Wednesday.
"I can't explain what happened," said head coach Happy Osborne. "Bluntly, we were lousy."
The Eagles shot a blistering 65 percent from the field in the second half to eliminate the No. 4 seeded Tigers.
The Eagles and Tigers both shot the lights out in the second half, with CMU making 13 or its 20 field goal attempts and Georgetown draining 15 of 26 shots for 57.7 percent. The difference proved to be the foul line where the Eagles made 16 free throws in the second half compared to the Tigers' three. Central Methodist outscored the Georgetown 26-5 overall from the charity stripe.
Tied at 27 at the half, the game stayed close until an Eagle 12-4 run with eight minutes left to play.
CMU's Matt Sherman led all scorers with 22, including five 3-pointers. Tiger senior Demetrius Guions led the Tigers with 21 in his final collegiate game.
The Eagles improved to 28-6 on the year while the Tigers finished their season at 27-5.