Trevecca Nazarene University

Trojans lose to undefeated Georgetown in NAIA

In the team's third trip to the NAIA final 16 in four years, Trevecca's men's basketball team fell to No. 1 Georgetown (34-0)--final score 85-83. For NAIA No. 16 Trevecca (25-10), the loss came after the team's valiant effort against the Georgetown powerhouse.

Georgetown trailed by as many as eight points in the first half but overcame the deficit and was leading
84-77 in the final seconds of the game. With only 38 seconds remaining, Trevecca's sophomore guard Matthew Elliott made two free throws to pull the Trojans within five points. Following a Georgetown turnover, junior forward Brian Oduor scored and was fouled. Oduor’s free throw helped the Trojans trim the deficit to 84-82 with 25 seconds to play. The Trojans gained possession after a missed free throw by the Tigers, and senior Rick James was fouled with 14 seconds left. James made the first but missed the second, leaving Georgetown in front 84-83. Junior guard David Graham was fouled on the rebound, and he made one of two free throws to push the Tigers back up by a score of 85-83.

The Trojans held for the final shot, but Elliott was just off the mark with a three-point attempt. Georgetown had a chance to seal the game with 0.6 seconds left but could not convert two free throw tries; however, Trevecca’s shot at the buzzer was not good, and Georgetown remains undefeated.

Senior Josh Helton scored a team-high 21 points and dished out six assists for Trevecca Nazarene. Oduor scored 17 points in a reserve role, while Elliott posted 14 points for the Trojans. Collins Onyando and Marcos Salvi led the team with five rebounds. Onyando had a team high four blocks and four steals.