No. 13 Georgetown used a 12-point halftime advantage to pave the way for a 80-67 victory over 4th-seeded John Brown (Ark.) in the NAIA Division I men's second round in Kansas City, Mo.
Vic Moses turned in his second double-double of the tournament, posting 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Georgetown. Monty Wilson and Deondre McWhorter each had 18 points to lead the Tigers, while Garel Craig chipped in with 16 points and five rebounds.
"I think our team played very well today," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. "We knew they were going to be tough to guard — they're constantly moving. I thought our defense was really good. We broke down a couple of times, but that's to be expected against a team that moves as much as they do."
The Tigers (25-8) used a marked size advantage to claim a 48-31 rebounding edge, including 17 offensive rebounds that led to 22 second-chance points.
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Georgetown was effective in the paint, recording 42 points in the lane on the way to a 30-of-62 (.484) shooting performance.
Moses scored six points by the 13:47 mark as the Tigers jumped out to a 14-4 lead. John Brown battled back to tie the game at 27 with 4:42 left in the half, but Georgetown scored the last 12 points of the half with each bucket coming in the paint.
The second half started with another surge as the Golden Eagles controlled the first 10 minutes of the half to cut the deficit to one. The third and final tie of the game was achieved on a three-pointer by Abel Galliguez with 5:44 to play, but the Tigers responded with a 15-2 run over 3:43 and never led by less than nine points the rest of the way.
The Tigers will play the winner of Culver-Stockton (Mo.)/Concordia at 5 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.
Maryland 83, No. 2 Duke 74: Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset No. 2 Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Wells shot 9-of-13 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11).
They never trailed, held the league's best team from three-point range to 4-of-25 shooting from beyond the arc, and bolstered their NCAA tournament credentials with their second straight win over Duke.
Mason Plumlee had 19 points to lead second-seeded Duke (27-5).
No. 19 Syracuse 58, No. 5 Georgetown 55 (OT): Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and No. 19 Syracuse advanced to the Big East championship game with a victory over No. 5 Georgetown on Friday night in the final conference clash of their storied heavyweight rivalry.
The fifth-seeded Orange (26-8) will make their 15th appearance in the tournament title game and go for their sixth crown Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against fourth-ranked Louisville, the defending champion, or No. 24 Notre Dame.
Triche, James Southerland and backup center Baye Moussa Keita each had 13 points for Syracuse.
Butler 69, La Salle 58: Rotnei Clarke led five players in double figures with 14 points in Butler's 69-58 win over La Salle in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. Former Eastern High School standout Kameron Woods added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who face regular-season champ Saint Louis in Saturday's semifinals.
Women's NAIA Div. I games
Freed-Hardeman 71, Campbellsville 52: Freed-Hardeman ran its win streak to 20 games to break the program's record with a win over Campbellsville, advancing to Saturday's quarterfinals in Frankfort. FHU dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Lady Tigers 44-20 while grabbing 19 offensive boards.
Senior Mrashi Karumba was the only Lady Tiger in double figures with 11 points.
Lubbock Christian 93, Georgetown 69: Lubbock Christian punched its ticket to the quarterfinals with a victory over Georgetown. Lubbock Christian, a 2012 semifinalist, set a program single-game record with a 68.5 percent (37-of-54) shooting night.
Lizza Jonas and Devon Golden paced Georgetown with 14 points each.