College basketball highlights: Wilson scores 25 as Georgetown stays alive

Special to the Herald-LeaderMarch 22, 2014 

Monty Wilson scored 25 points and defending national champion Georgetown defeated No. 3 seed William Carey (Miss.) 98-90 in the NAIA Division I national tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday.

The 14th-seeded Tigers will face No. 6 seed Vanguard (Calif.) at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Deondre McWhorter and Noah Cottrill scored 20 points each for Georgetown (24-10). Wilson has scored 64 points through two games in the tournament.

William Carey (28-3), which opened the game with a 20-8 run, was led by Daron Bell’s 30 points.

“We’ve been in tough games before,” Georgetown Coach Chris Briggs said. “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.”

St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 88, Pikeville 83: No. 2-seeded Pikeville (31-3) blew a six-point lead over the final 4:29 and was upset in the NAIA Division I Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

The season-ending loss snapped a 17-game winning streak for the Bears, whose previous loss came Jan. 16 at Georgetown.

St. Gregory’s (23-9), which took the lead for good with a 13-2 run late in the game, advanced to face No. 10 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in the quarterfinals Saturday. The Cavaliers shot 60 percent (15-for-25) from the field in the second half and 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from three-point range against Pikeville.

Marty Wilkerson, who was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line, led St. Gregory’s with 23 points. Trey Jones had 19 points and seven rebounds.

For Pikeville, Bruce Reed had 26 points, six rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals. Keala King had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Emmanuel (Ga.) 73, Cumberlands 51: No. 8 seed Emmanuel (31-3) ended the first half on a 21-4 run and went on to eliminate Cumberlands (20-12) in the NAIA Division I Tournament. Emmanuel will face top-seeded Cal State San Marcos in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Michael Stanley had game highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds for Emmanuel. Patrick McCrary also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Emmanuel had 15 offensive rebounds that helped it score 42 points in the paint.

Kenny Cowser came off the bench to lead Cumber-lands with 10 points and five rebounds. Steve Goins added nine points and six rebounds, also off the bench.

“I think the best team won, so I have to give a lot of credit to Emmanuel,” Cumberlands Coach Don Butcher said. “Their defense was good and they did a nice job on the ball screen. I tip my hat to them.”

Women

Campbellsville 59, Xavier (La.) 55: Katie Allen scored 15 points, including four three-pointers, and top-seeded Campbellsville (32-3) held off Xavier’s upset bid in the Women’s NAIA Division I Tournament in Frankfort. Xavier (24-9) had knocked off defending champion Westmont (Calif.) in the first round.

Campbellsville, which has a nine-game winning streak, will play No. 2 Oklahoma City (24-4) in the quarterfinals Saturday.

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