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Old 03-15-2018, 10:48 AM
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Georgetown College men's basketball watched a 15-point advantage be dwindled to four, responded to get back up double digits, only to see Central Baptist College get within a possession. Darion Burns scored his only two points and the No. 9 Tigers (26-6) held off the No. 24 Mustangs (21-9) in the first round of the 2018 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.

GC had its struggles four players with two fouls each in the first half, stretches without scoring, multiple second chance opportunities for the opponents but in true March basketball fashion survived and advanced.

"This is hard out here. You've not played in 11 or more days, which breaks up your rhythm," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I'm proud of our toughness and how we finished. We did the little things, which is what you have to do in March, and took care of business."

Next for the Tigers is a 10 am EDT tip Friday against the winner of Oklahoma City-Xavier University. OKC, second seed in the Naismith bracket, is leading 31-23 at the half.

Shadell Millinghaus missed his first two free throws, but responded by digging in defensively. That energy turned to offense and the senior finished with 34 points in his first game in Municipal Auditorium.

"He let his defense feed his offense," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "He got into his stance and really worked."

Georgetown led by 10 at the break, largely behind 17 points off 11 CBC turnovers. Millinghaus had 20 and Troy Steward had eight in the first half as Jayhyde Gardiner, Eljay Cowherd, Quan Poindexter and Malik Dow all had two fouls.

"The bench is important out here," Briggs said. "We don't have media timeouts so when Eljay and Quan got to quick ones we did well in stealing minutes. Eljay was able to come back in and play four or five minutes there. Getting to the half without anyone having three was important."

However, the veteran coach was not pleased with how easy the Mustangs were cutting through his defense. He reminded them halftime how important it was to stay strong defensively as well as rebound the ball.

GC seemed to respond well, and charge out of the gate to push to the 15-point lead. CBC found a groove in slowing the tempo and getting on the offensive glass. The visitors had just five offensive rebounds after 20 minutes and finished with 12 for the game.

Several players made key plays down the stretch, fueled by the words of Burns.

"I told them (coming out of a timeout) to stay strong," the senior said. "They had made their runs and now we were going to make ours."

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Old 03-15-2018, 11:18 AM
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