Kansas City, Mo. - No. 13 Georgetown used a 12-point halftime advantage to pave the way for a 80-67 victory over 4th-seeded John Brown (Ark.) at the 2013 Buffalo-Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Tigers will play the winner of Culver-Stockton (Mo.)/Concordia on Saturday at 4 p.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.
Vic Moses turned in his second double-double of the tournament, posting 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Georgetown. Monty Wilson and Deondre McWhorter each had 18 points to lead the Tigers while Garel Craig chipped in with 16 points and five rebounds.
"I think our team played very well today," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. "We knew they were going to be tough to guard, they're constantly moving. I thought our defense was really good. We broke down a couple of times, but that's to be expected against a team that moves as much as they do."
The Tigers (25-8) used a marked size advantage to claim a 48-31 rebounding edge, including 17 offensive rebounds that led to 22 second chance points. Georgetown was effective in the paint, recording 42 points in the lane on the way to a 30-of-62 (.484) shooting performance.
Moses scored six points by the 13:47 mark as the Tigers jumped out to a 14-4 lead. John Brown battled back to tie the game at 27-27 with 4:42 left in the half, but Georgetown scored the final 12 points of the half with each bucket coming in the paint.
The second half started with another surge as the Golden Eagles controlled the first 10 minutes of the half to cut the deficit to one. The third and final tie of the game was achieved on a three-pointer by Abel Galliguez with 5:44 to play, but the Tigers responded with a 15-2 run over 3:43 and never led by less than nine points the rest of the way.
"Give them credit, every time we came close to taking the lead they had an answer," said John Brown head coach Clark Sheehy. "What an incredible class of seniors we're losing, but they're moving on to great things."
Galliguez did his best to keep John Brown in the game, scoring 19 of his team-leading 22 points in the second half as he hit 6-of-8 three-point shots and 8-of-12 overall from the field for the game. The rest of the Golden Eagles, however, made just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc. Georgetown also took advantage of a 17-7 margin at the free throw line.
John Brown ends its season at 28-7.
Georgetown - The Tigers are competing in the Division I Men's Basketball National Championship for the 22nd-straight year and advanced to the quarterfinals for the third-consecutive event ... Georgetown improved to 18-7 all-time in the second round and take a 11-4 record in quarterfinal round games into tomorrow's contest ... The Tigers have combined to make just 5-of-25 three-point shots through their first two games of the tournament, but have made 39-of-53 free throws.