Georgetown advances to NAIA quarterfinals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Georgetown (Ky.) kept its quest alive for a second-straight title with a 98-90 victory over No. 3 William Carey (Miss.) in second round action of the 2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Municipal Auditorium. The 14th-seeded Tigers will face the winner of No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) on Saturday at 4 p.m. CDT in the quarterfinals.

For the second-straight game, Monty Wilson led the charge for Georgetown with 25 points on 9-for-18 shooting and a 6-for-10 effort at the free throw line. Through two games at this year’s national championship, Wilson has scored 64 points (32 points per game average), including a near season-high 39-point effort in the Tigers’ first round victory against Wayland Baptist (Texas).

Joining Wilson in double figures, was Deondre McWhorter and Noah Cottrill with 20 points each, marking the second time at this year’s championship that three individuals from one team have scored at least 20 points each. The first came in No. 6 Vanguard’s (Calif.) first round win against Life (Ga.).

As a unit, Georgetown shot 51.7 percent (31-for-60), while also holding a 28-17 scoring advantage at the free throw line.

“We’ve been in tough games before,” said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. “We’ve gotten down like that and are used to fighting and clawing back. The guys stick together and toughen up. We got out in transition and that was the key.”

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