KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Box score) No. 13-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) dominated play in the second half to capture its second national championship in program history, posting an 88-62 win over sixth-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) at the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
"SAGU is a good team, they just couldn't make shots," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. "We guarded them; we got a lot of contested shots. They are a good team; otherwise they would not be in the championship game. You expect them to come back and make a run at you and our guys were tough enough to hold them off and I couldn't be happier for them."
The Municipal Auditorium crowd was treated to a game between the team with the most appearances in tournament history and fifth showing in the title game in Georgetown, matched up against SAGU, a team making just its second trip to the championship and first-ever berth in the title contest.
The Lions raced out of the gate with the kind of start a team with no championship game experience would want, scoring the first five points in the opening 95 seconds and forcing a pair of early turnovers to set the tempo. Georgetown settled the early nerves and scored the next eight points to claim a lead that would never be relinquished. The Tigers ran off a 17-2 spurt overall to grab a 17-7 lead at the midway point of the half.
SAGU would swing the pendulum back in its favor with an 8-0 run of its own, sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Dominique Rambo. The momentum would quickly swing back, however, and Georgetown would reclaim a double-digit advantage before settling for a 33-26 halftime advantage.
Georgetown would see its lead drop to six points early in the half, but maintained its distance from SAGU. The Tigers used a 14-2 run over the next 4:16 to stretch their seven-point lead into a 61-42 cushion with 8:56 remaining.
Instead of resting on its laurels, Georgetown continued to look to finish off the game and stretched the lead to 28 points inside the final five minutes. The 26-point margin was the largest in a championship game since the 1977 title game was decided by a 71-44 ledger for Texas Southern over Campbell (N.C.).
Georgetown dominated the game on the glass, collecting a 61-31 rebounding advantage, while limiting SAGU to 28.6 percent shooting for the game (24-of-84) on the way to 46 defensive boards. Three players posted double-digit rebounding totals for the Tigers, led by Vic Moses and Allan Thomas with 13, while Montavious Marc collected 12 rebounds.
The Tigers shot 73.1 percent in the second half (19-of-26) with three of the misses coming on four three-point attempts. Georgetown knocked down 16-of-19 free throws after intermission and finished the game 20-of-25 at the line to go along with a 58.2 percent overall field goal mark. About the only black mark on the Georgetown resume in the game was a total of 24 turnovers that SAGU turned into 22 points.
Tournament MVP Monty Wilson shared game-high scoring honors with 23 points, hitting 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 three-point attempts. He also tallied six rebounds and three assists. Moses, Deondre McWhorter and Garel Craig chipped in 14 points apiece, while Thomas added 12 points, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals.
Dominique Rambo recorded 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for SAGU, which committed just five turnovers, but finished 8-of-32 (.250) from three-point range and missed 10 of its 16 free throw attempts. Caleb Gentry tossed in 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Lions.
Georgetown closed its season at 28-8 and improved to 59-30 all-time in 32 national tournament appearances. SAGU ended its season at 33-5 overall and fell to 4-2 in two appearances at the National Championship.
Georgetown - The Tigers became the 15th team to win multiple national championships with its first title coming in 1998 ... Of the programs with multiple titles, Georgetown snaps the second-longest drought between championships (16 years) as Oklahoma Baptist went 45 years between triumphs ... The Tigers became the fifth team to appear in five or more championship games, joining Oklahoma Baptist (8), Oklahoma City (5) and Concordia (Calif.) (5) ... Georgetown is the second Mid-South Conference school in the last three years to win the title after finishing third in the conference standings during the regular season - Pikeville (Ky.) pulled off the same feat in 2011.
SAGU - The Lions are the first team from Texas to make the title game since Texas Wesleyan captured the 2006 crown ... The 29 field goal attempts by Dominique Rambo was the most attempts by a player in the 2013 championship ... With 24 forced turnovers, SAGU recorded the second-highest total in this year's event ... The Lions had limited its previous four opponents in this year's championship to a combined 37.1 field goal percentage.
Jordan Dressler, Columbia (Mo.)
Marshawn Norris, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.)
Monty Wilson, Georgetown (Ky.)
Brandon Davis, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Rodney Milum, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Darren Ballou, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Jacob French, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Mike Nwelue, SAGU (Texas)
Dominique Rambo, SAGU (Texas)
Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award: Monty Wilson, Georgetown (Ky.)
Charles Stevenson Hustle Award: Dominique Rambo, SAGU (Texas)
Dr. James Naismith-Emil S. Liston Sportsmanship Award: LSU Shreveport (La.)
Charles A. Krigel Award*: Kyle Blankenship, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Chuck Walden Memorial Trophy (given to Honorary Coaches of championship team): Kissick Construction
Frank Cramer Award^: Wilma Wilcox
2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Year: Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.) & Dominique Rambo, SAGU (Texas)
2012 - 13 Rawlings-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coach of the Year: Chris Briggs, Georgetown (Ky.)
* given to coach of the team that best exhibits respect, civility, integrity and fair play, the qualities that define sportsmanship
^ presented annually to the person or persons who has done the most for the basketball tournament during a period of years