Georgetown falls in tourney despite Wilson's 40 points

March 23, 2014 

NCAA DIV III Championship Basketball

Wisconsin-Whitewater's Reggie Hearn, left, was overcome with emotion as he and teammate Alex Merg celebrated their NCAA Division III title. Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Williams 75-73 on a three-point play with 0.9 seconds left.


Monty Wilson's 40 points weren't enough to send Georgetown to the NAIA Final Four.

Despite Wilson's heroics — which included 12-for-19 field-goal shooting, 14-for-15 free-throw shooting and nine rebounds — the 14th-seeded Tigers fell to No. 6 seed Vanguard (Calif.) 93-85 in the NAIA Division I national tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday.

Preston Wynne had 28 points and six rebounds for Vanguard (30-6), which advances to face St. Gregory's (Okla.) in the semifinals on Monday. St. Gregory's eliminated No. 2 seed Pikeville in the quarterfinals Friday.

Deondre McWhorter added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Georgetown (24-11).

NAIA women

Oklahoma City 79, Campbellsville 76: Second-seeded Oklahoma City (25-4) and top-seeded Campbellsville (32-4) traded leads 17 times, but OCU survived to advance to the NAIA Division I women's semifinals in Frankfort.

Cara Pugh made four three-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points for Oklahoma City, which will play Sunday against the John Brown (Ark.)-Loyola (La.) winner.

Ellen Sholtes scored 21 points, one shy of her career high, to lead Campbellsville, which finished one win shy of tying its single-season record.

Wisconsin-Whitewater wins Division III title

Wis.-Whitewater 75, Williams 73: Quardell Young drove the length of the court for a go-ahead layup with 0.9 seconds left Saturday and Wisconsin-Whitewater (29-4) held off Williams (28-5) to win the NCAA Division III men's championship game in Salem, Va.

Young got the inbound pass after Michael Mayer's tip had given Williams a 73-72 lead with 4.9 seconds to play. Young burst downcourt and was fouled by Mayer, his shot rolling on the rim and finally falling. After he made the free throw, the Ephs had one last chance, but Duncan Robinson's contested heave from halfcourt was well off the mark.

The Warhawks, whose football team won the national championship in December in Salem, won the basketball championship for the second time in three years and fourth time in as many trips to the final.

They also won in 1984, 1989 and 2012.

Williams won the title in 2003 but has lost in the finals three times since.

Williams' departure stuns Marquette players

Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams resigned Friday to become the new coach at Virginia Tech. ESPN reported that the Virginia Tech contract was for $18 million over seven years. Williams was earning $2.8 million a year at Marquette.

Williams' departure leaves Marquette in the less-than-ideal situation of having to make a major hire with an interim athletic director, Bill Cords, and an interim president, Father Robert Wild.

Ben Howland, the former coach at Pittsburgh and UCLA, is said to be interested in the job. Howland was a candidate at Auburn before the Tigers hired former Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Bruce Pearl last week.

Williams led the Golden Eagles to five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including two Sweet 16s and the Elite Eight. This season, however, the Golden Eagles slumped to 17-15 and were not invited to the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament.

"It was a surprise, it was a shock," Marquette freshman Deonte Burton said. "There were a lot of things he told us. The team was sad. We didn't want to see him leave. It was very emotional."

Senior forward Jamil Wilson said Williams didn't explain why he was leaving.

"He just said he had an opportunity and he was leaving. That was pretty much it."

Williams quickly left the Al McGuire Center and did not respond to text messages. By late Friday afternoon he already had changed his Twitter account and his phone number to reflect his new position in Blacksburg, Va.

In a statement released by Virginia Tech, Williams said, "It's never easy to leave a great school like Marquette, where I spent seven wonderful years, six as the head coach," Williams said. "But this is a special situation to work at a place like Virginia Tech. I've heard tremendous things about this terrific institution and this is an outstanding opportunity to build a program. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of this great university and community, and taking on the challenges associated in succeeding in the ACC."

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