Story By Eric Montgomery | Media Coordinator
Photos courtesy of Referee Photo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Box Score) No. 3-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) opened the second round of play in the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship with a 91-83 win over No. 2-seeded Oklahoma City, Friday morning at Municipal Auditorium. The Tigers will play the winner of No. 4-seeded LSU Alexandria (La.) and Peru State (Neb.) on Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. CDT.
- Georgetown improved its overall record to 27-6
- Oklahoma City finished its season with a record of 24-9
- Shadell Millinghaus led all scorers with 28 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals for Georgetown
- Quan Poindexter added 15 points and six rebounds for the Tigers, one of five Georgetown players to score in double figures
- Ridell Camidge hit four three-point shots to finish with a team-high 19 points for Oklahoma City
- Lou Dunbar recorded 17 points off the bench for the Stars, while Ivan Saicic posted 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Oklahoma City opened the morning session as the aggressor, hitting three-straight shots to start the contest and take an 8-0 lead and held a 15-6 lead at the 15:35 mark
- Georgetown flipped the game over the next eight minutes, outscoring the Stars, 30-11, for a 36-26 lead with 7:08 left before halftime
- The momentum swings continued with 11-straight Oklahoma City points over 3:16, leading to a one-point advantage at the break for the Stars
- After trading leads early in the second half, two free throws by Millinghaus sparked a 9-0 run to give Georgetown a 68-60 lead
- The Stars closed to within three on two occasions, but the Tigers followed with seven-straight points to put the game away
HOW THEY SAW IT
- Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs – “We are used to that. We get a lot of teams that come out with fire. It is good for our guys to see what a team is made of, take a knockout punch early and bounce back from it. I have faith they are going to bounce back. I have a tough group of guys. We had a really good 10-12 minute stretch after a rough start."
- Oklahoma City head coach Vinay Patel – “I thought this was one of the better games so far in this tournament. Georgetown is a very good basketball team, and I give their staff all the credit in the world. I thought they defended us very well, but we didn’t get stops down the stretch when we needed to, but I’m proud of the way the team competed.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Oklahoma City recorded one additional field goal (29-28), but Georgetown had a 27-15 advantage at the free throw line
- Georgetown took advantage of its eight offensive rebounds, tallying 16 points off its own misses while allowing just eight off of 11 offensive rebounds for Oklahoma City
Georgetown is in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship for the 37th-straight season, an NAIA record...The Tigers are 68-36 all-time in the championship, including two national titles, four runner-up finishes and another eight semifinal appearances...The Tigers are back in the quarterfinals for the 19th time, with the most recent appearance before this year coming in 2016 when the Tigers advanced to the national championship game before losing, 100-99 in overtime, to Mid-America Christian (Okla.).... The Tigers stand 14-4 all-time in 18 previous Quarterfinal trips… Georgetown is one of six Mid-South Conference teams in the tournament and one of three to advance to the second round...The Mid-South Conference is 4-3 so far in the tournament...Georgetown is now 2-2 all-time against Oklahoma City in the national championship ... Friday's meeting between the Tigers and the Stars is the first tournament matchup between the schools since 2002 ...The Tigers are 8-5 against 2018 tournament qualifiers ... Coming into the Oklahoma City game, Georgetown had won four of its last five games... Shadell Millinghaus is averaging 31.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game for the Tigers in the national tournament.
The Stars are making their 24th all-time appearance in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship, including five out of the past six seasons.... Prior to its first round victory over No. 7 Xavier (La.) in this year’s tournament, Oklahoma City had lost five-straight first round contests…The Stars are now 48-17 all-time in the championship … The last time Oklahoma City advanced past the second round of the tournament was in 2008, when the Stars defeated No. 10 California Baptist, 69-63, on its way to its sixth national championship title … This is the fourth meeting between Oklahoma City and Georgetown in the national tournament, with the series now being tied at 2-2… The Stars allowed an average of 89.1 point per game this season.