KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georgetown College has it rolling again.
Knocked out in the first round the past two years, the Tigers returned to the NAIA national men's basketball tournament this week looking for redemption.
So far, so good.
Georgetown made 56 percent of its shots in the second half Friday and cruised away from McKendree University of Illinois for a 77-59 victory that put the Tigers into Saturday's quarterfinals.
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Seventh-seeded Georgetown (31-4) will face No. 2 Concordia University of California (32-3) at 5 p.m.
Georgetown, which made 50 percent of its shots for the game (30-for-60) limited McKendree to 31.3 percent shooting (21-for-67).
Senior forward Maurice Pearson led Georgetown with 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Vic Moses had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Georgetown led 37-33 at halftime before opening things up with a 15-6 run to start the second half.
Eric Hobbie led McKendree (21-13) with 20 points.
Pikeville 80, Azusa Pacific 75: The Pikeville Bears are the comeback kids of the NAIA men's basketball tournament.
Two days after overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit to win its tournament opener, Pikeville climbed out of a 12-point hole midway through the second half Friday to beat No. 8 seed Azusa Pacific of California and advance to the NAIA quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 and for only the second time ever.
"We play with a lot of heart, so much that it sometimes surprises me," Coach Kelly Wells said. "They work hard and play hard, and it works out on the scoreboard."
Senior guard Vance Cooksey made all 13 of his free throws and scored a game-high 22 points for unseeded Pikeville, which knocked off No. 9 seed and defending champion Oklahoma Baptist on Wednesday.
Pikeville (27-7) meets No. 1 seed Robert Morris University of California in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. EDT.
The Bears trailed 40-39 at halftime Friday and appeared to be headed home when Danny Nugent's basket stretched Azusa Pacific's lead to 59-47 with 10:15 remaining.
But Cooksey, Ryan Whitaker and Justin Hicks made three-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that quickly closed the gap to 59-57 with 8:12 to go.
Azusa Pacific, last year's national runner-up, briefly opened its lead back to seven points but Pikeville hung in and finally took the lead, 67-66, on a three-pointer by Mason County graduate Trevor Setty at 2:46. The lead seesawed until Setty converted a three-point play to give the Bears the lead for good, 75-72, with 56 seconds remaining.
Cooksey added six assists, four steals and three rebounds for Pikeville.
"Our shooters should take that guy to dinner at least once a week," Wells said of Cooksey. "He drives and gets to the basket and draws the defenders, which leads to a lot of open shots for them."
Setty finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three steals. Hicks, a Hazard native, added 15 points and six rebounds. Quincy Hankins-Cole contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Marshall Johnson led Azusa Pacific with 18 points.
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 71, Lindsey Wilson 67: Ashley Rainey put together another stellar performance for the Blue Raiders, but it wasn't enough in the second round at Jackson, Tenn.
The Bowling Green native and University of Louisville transfer had 23 points and 19 rebounds for fourth-seeded Lindsey Wilson, but the top seed held on thanks to a balanced scoring attack.
Viktoria Krell added 14 points and five boards for the Raiders (24-9).