Henry Clay High School graduate Victor Moses powered up for 24 points and 12 rebounds Thursday morning to lead Georgetown College to an 83-76 victory over Olivet Nazarene in the first round of the NAIA national men's basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
The seventh-seeded Tigers, who had been knocked out in the first round the previous two years, got out of the gate quickly this time, taking their biggest lead of the first half at 27-18 on a basket by Scott County graduate Rodney Haddix.
Olivet Nazarene (21-12) closed the gap to 40-36 by halftime and moved within three (50-47) with 15:46 to play and got to 63-61 with 8:42 left before Georgetown (30-4) delivered a 12-3 burst to put the game out of reach. Five Tigers scored during the decisive stretch.
The Tigers advanced to the round of 16, where they'll play Friday at 1:30 p.m. against McKendree (Ill.). The victory was Georgetown's 50th all-time in NAIA tournament play.
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Moses, a 6-foot-6 junior who was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Year this season, made all 12 of his field-goal attempts Thursday.
Maurice Pearson added 14 points and nine rebounds for Georgetown. Eddie Gray finished with 11 points and eight rebounds as the Tigers walloped Olivet 42-28 on the boards.
Lindsey Wilson 63, Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 56: Ashley Rainey scored 20 second-half points to finish with 29 and lead fourth-seeded Lindsey Wilson to a first-round win at Jackson, Tenn.
Senior Viktoria Krell added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and her classmates Diondra Anthony and Bethany Spillman each added eight points.
The Blue Raiders (24-8) trailed by 15 with 15 minutes left to play, but Rainey's outburst changed all that. Lindsey Wilson put together a 28-7 run over the next 14 minutes to push in front 59-53. The Raiders will play Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on Friday.
Campbellsville 76, John Brown (Ark.) 51: Whitney Ballinger (Carroll County) had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Courtney Clifton (Lexington Christian) added 14 points and eight boards as top-seeded Campbellsville cruised into the second round in Jackson, Tenn.
The Tigers will face Langston (Okla.) on Friday.