College basketball notes: Georgetown wins 70-68, advances to NAIA second round

March 14, 2013 

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Georgetown's Jabril Trawick passed the ball out while Cincinnati's Cheikh Mbodj defended the net. The Hoyas won 62-43.

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Georgetown College held off a spirited comeback to beat St. Thomas-Houston 70-68 in the first round of the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday.

The Tigers (24-8) advance to Friday's round of 16 where they'll meet either John Brown (Ark.) or Life (Ga.) at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Victor Moses scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to lead Georgetown. Moses, a 6-foot-6 senior from Henry Clay, made 10 of his 17 shots.

"Vic Moses is unbelievable," Georgetown Coach Chris Briggs said. "If you can't get him the ball because the defense is fronting him, then he is going to get up and get the ball off the glass on tip-ins."

Deondre McWhorter had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Georgetown led by 13 points at halftime, but St. Thomas, led by Travis Lampley's 22 points, had an 18-6 run to close the gap to 64-63 with 2:34 left.

McWhorter and Moses answered with back-to-back baskets to put away the Celts (27-7).

Georgetown outrebounded St. Thomas 50-31.

Big East tournament

No. 19 Syracuse 62, No. 17 Pittsburgh 59: James Southerland had a second straight great effort from 3-point range and Michael Carter-Williams scored Syracuse's last seven points as the Orange won in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York.

Southerland had 20 points as he did in the win over Seton Hall and again almost all the points came from beyond the 3-point arc. He was 6 for 6 on 3s against Pittsburgh, a day after going 6 for 9 from beyond the arc.

No. 5 Georgetown 62, Cincinnati 43: Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points and Georgetown recovered from a mid-game hiccup.

Markel Starks had 14 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13 off the bench, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer that sparked a game-turning run for the top-seeded Hoyas (25-5).

Georgetown, looking to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, squandered an early 16-point cushion and fell behind briefly in the second half before clamping down with its trademark defense to pull away.

Cashmere Wright led Cincinnati with 14 points on 4 of 5 three-pointers, but running mate Sean Kilpatrick, who averages 17 a game hit only 2 of 12 shots.

Big 10 tournament

No. 6 Michigan 83, Penn State 66: Trey Burke scored 21 points as Michigan avenged a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nick Stauskas each had 15 points for the Wolverines, who had a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points.

D.J. Newbill scored 20 points for Penn State (10-21), which faded after a fast start.

NAIA women's tournament

Georgetown 66, Lyon (Ark.) 55: Andrea Howard scored 24 points and Devon Golden pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Georgetown to a win in the first round of the NAIA Division I women's tournament in the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Tigers trailed at halftime, but built an 12-point lead with seven minutes left, largely due to an 11-4 run. They hit 21 of 26 free throws and benefited from 19 Lyon turnvovers.

Westmont (Calif.) 63, Cumberlands 58; Westmont (26-4) got 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists from Tugce Canitez and held off a late threat by Cumberlands.

Tugce Canitez led all players with 27 points along with 12 rebounds and six assists. Esther Lee had 14 points, including four of Westmont's five three-pointers.

The Warriors maintained a minimum five-point lead for until Jessica Upchurch cut it to a 3-point game, 61-58, with 20 seconds left. Canitez hit a pair of free throws to push it back to five, and the Patriots missed two 3-point looks in the final six seconds to end the game, shooting only 3-of-17 (.176) from the arc.

Jessica Upchurch led Cumberlands (18-13) with 11 points and 11 rebounds

Westminster (Utah) 69. St. Catharine 55: Westminster cruised into the second round for the fifth-consecutive year, thanks to a big second half.

St. Catharine led 33-27 at halftime, but Westminster hit 50 percent of it shots in the second half for a 42-22 edge.

St. Catharine's Janae Howard led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. The losers finish the season 19-12.

Nicole Yazzie led Westminster with 17 points and four assists.

Wednesday's late games

(Men) LSU Shreveport 91, Pikeville 87: Rodney Milum scored 30 points to lead the Pilots to the upset in the first round of the NAIA Division I men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

Pikeville, seeded No. 8 in the 32-team event, overcame a 10-point deficit to tie in the closing minutes. Shreveport (25-6) broke the tie on a three-pointer by Milum and made 11 free throws in the final 1:11 to seal the victory. The Pilots made 29 of their 38 free throws. The Bears hit eight of 18.

P.J. Jenkins was 6 for 7 from three-point range and led Pikeville (26-7) with 26 points.

(Women) Campbellsville 71, Wiley (Texas) 55: Seniors Courtney Clifton and Mackenzie Lee combined for six three-pointers and scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Tigers to an easy victory in the opening round of the NAIA Division I women's tournament in the Frankfort Convention Center.

Fourth-seeded Campbellsville (25-9) plays top-seeded Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

A basket by Clifton put Campbellsville ahead 7-6 in the early going, and the Lady Tigers led the rest of the way in handing Wiley (29-4) its worst loss this season.

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