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Memory No. 40 will be revealed later today, but this past week GC was recognized first for being the first school to make 30 appearances at the tournament as well as the current streak of 20-straight, which is also a record, this past year.
Yesterday, the Tigers were honored for the battle on the floor in the 2000 semifinal game with Biola University. Georgetown needed four overtimes to advance, 118-108.
"This was absolutely the best game I've been involved in," said former Tiger coach Happy Osborne, "and I think I would have said that even if we lost. Bobbi, walked out about three or four times. We had big shot after big shot in that game to rally each time and keep playing."
Todd Cox grabbed a rare miss by Will Carlton in the final 10 seconds for a putback and a 72-72 game at the end of regulation. In the first three overtimes, it was Cox from the free throw line and a three from Mark Williams inside the final 30 seconds to force the fourth extra session.
"Todd Cox and Julian Bankston were huge for us in those overtimes inside," Osborne said. "Will fouled out and we needed both of those guys to step up. Williams was also huge with his three as we trailed 100-97 in that third overtime. He banked in the shot with 2.1 seconds left."
GC used a 10-0 burst in the fourth overtime to pull away from the Eagles and set up a showdown with Life University in the finals. This was the second longest game at the national tournament, Grand Canyon University defeated Central State University, 88-82, in five overtimes.
"I'm sitting here with Steve Payne, who at that time was an assistant for me and is now the head coach at Tennessee Tech, and he says it was the best college basketball game he has ever seen. It was like a 15- or 20-round prize fight.
"I was so amped up after that I couldn't sleep, which isn't the best way to get ready for the national title game."
GC went on to face Life University, which edged the Tigers by two off a jumper in the final four seconds, 61-59.
"Dave Holmquist, coach of Biola, had his best team that year and probably the best shot to win a national title," Osborne said. "I know it was GC and Life in the finals, but Biola was the best team we played that year."
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