Men's Basketball

Osborne gets win No. 400 on emotional night at Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — Happy Osborne never told his team that a win Thursday would be the 400th of his career.

The Tigers, No. 7 in the NAIA, didn't need any added motivation en route to a 91-57 victory over Ohio Dominican.

After all, it was the Panthers who snapped Georgetown's regular-season unbeaten streak at 51 games last year.

And there was a moving pre-game ceremony to honor Stephen Elrod, a four-year letterman and 2007 graduate who was killed in a traffic accident last July.

The emotions showed as Ohio Dominican (0-2) broke out to a 14-2 lead. The Panthers led 32-31 at halftime.

"We were missing all kinds of easy looks in the first half," Osborne said. "Our guys, you could just see them wanting to do well. They wanted to do it for Stephen, and it's a huge night to honor him. That kid was one of the best guys ever in our program."

The players presented Elrod's parents, Greg and Judy, and brother John with a framed jersey. The courtyard between Alumni Gym and Bush Fitness Center will be named in Stephen's honor.

"It was tough. I knew Stephen. We played together quite a few times," said Matt Walls, who shot 4-for-5 from three-point range and scored 14 points. "He was a very, very great guy, a great young man. Losing a friend like that was tough. Tonight brought back a lot of memories."

Which is why Osborne, 400-72 just two games into his 14th season (that's an average of more than 30 wins a season), kept his milestone under wraps.

"First of all, it was Stephen Elrod's night," he said. "Second of all, at Georgetown it's about our players. There (have been) a lot of coaches successful here. Bob Davis, Jim Reid — two of the best coaches around. I've never taken a charge. I've never dived on the floor. I've never scored. My players have done that."

Vic Moses, a 6-foot-6 sophomore out of Henry Clay, led the victory with 27 points and nine rebounds. Walls and Eddie Gray each scored 14. Maur ice Pearson had 13 points and eight rebounds before landing awkwardly on a slam put-back with 5:51 left. The initial post-game diagnosis on his left knee was no ligament damage, and he might be OK to practice Sunday.

Trailing 35-32 early in the second half, the Tigers went on a 35-16 blitz to build a 71-51 lead with five minutes left.

Moses had 13 of those points. Walls added eight.

"I was proud of our defense the second half," Osborne said. It "was really good, getting our hands on balls."

Georgetown forced 30 turnovers, 17 in the second half. After shooting 11-for-34 (32.4 percent) in the first half, the Tigers went 24-for-38 (63.2) the rest of the way.

■ A ceremony to recognize Osborne's 400th win will be held before the next home game, Nov. 20 against Evangel.

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