Kansas City, Mo. - (Box Score) Monty Wilson connected on the game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift No. 13-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) to a 90-88 victory over LSU Shreveport (La.) in the semifinal round of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Tigers will advance to the championship game to play Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.
Wilson was the Tigers' hero for the second-straight game as he hit the go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left of an 86-82 quarterfinal-round triumph over Culver-Stockton (Mo.). He finished the game with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists and hit 12-of-20 shots from the field.
"We wanted to try and attack the rim and get into the lane, but it just so happened that Monty came in on the back side right there and banged another shot," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. That's what he does. He's a gamer and he wants the ball when it's crunch time."
Georgetown (27-8) trailed 80-70 with 6:01 remaining following a three-pointer by the Pilots' Rodney Milum, but used a 13-2 run over the next 3:36 to take an 83-82 lead. It was the first lead of the game for the Tigers, who had trailed for all but three times to that point and were behind since the 12:42 mark of the second half.
The teams traded one-point leads five times over the next 2:16, capped off by a pair of free throws from the Pilots' Tevin Hall with 8.6 seconds remaining after Garel Craig had pushed Georgetown in front with 35 seconds left on a runner in the lane.
Following the free throws, Craig brought the ball up the floor and went around a screen at the top of the arc. With his path cut off, he handed the ball to Wilson, who rose up for a straightaway jumper that helped the Tigers win a second-straight tournament game when trailing at the half.
Despite shooting 50.0 percent from the field in the first half, the Tigers faced a 46-38 deficit coming out of halftime. LSU Shreveport was 17-of-35 from the field (.486) in the first half and hit 6-of-14 three-point shots while taking advantage of six Georgetown turnovers to tally 14 points.
Georgetown trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half before Wilson finished the opening stanza with four-straight points. Rodney Milum pushed the lead back to double-digits with the first field goal of the second half on a transition bucket, but the Tigers rallied to tie the game twice prior to LSU Shreveport claiming the late 10-point lead.
The Tigers shot 19-of-38 (.500) in the second half and used a 27-16 rebounding edge to finish the game with a 45-33 ledger on the glass. The total included 18 offensive rebounds to spark 24 second-chance points. Craig and Allan Thomas each tallied 17 points while Vic Moses posted his fourth double-double in as many games, collecting 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Brandon Davis posted team-high totals of 31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals for LSU Shreveport. Milum chipped in 21 points and five rebounds, while Hall and Aaron Jones each finished with 11 points on a combined 7-of-9 shooting.
LSU Shreveport ends its season at 27-7.
Georgetown - The Tigers improved to 5-8 when playing in the Fab Four, snapping a four-game semifinal losing streak with the last win at that stage of the tournament coming in 2000 ... Georgetown moves to 58-30 all-time in 32 trip to the Division I Men's Basketball National Championship with this year's appearance its tournament-record 22nd-straight showing ... The 32 points by Monty Wilson matched the second-best total in this year's championship and was one point shy of his personal season-high ... The Tigers will be making their fifth appearance in the national championship game, becoming the fourth program in the 76-year history of the tournament to qualify for at least five title games (Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City, Concordia, Calif.).
LSU Shreveport - The Pilots finished the tournament with an all-time record of 8-9 in their 9th appearance in the national tournament ... LSU Shreveport finished the event with an advantage of 89-50 in made free throws ... With 10 three-pointers in the contest, the Pilots finished with an average of 7.3 per game in four games of this year's tournament ... Brandon Davis and Rodney Milum were the highest-scoring teammates with at least two appearances in this year's tournament heading into the game, combining to average 48.0 points.