Men's Basketball - Fri, Feb. 10, 2012
Georgetown College men's basketball has a grand history
of winning and excellence inside the NAIA. Something the organization is also
recognizing during its top 75 moments leading up the 75th national tournament.
The NAIA began unveiling a historical event or memory in early January and will
continue to do so every day until March 20, the day of the finals for this year's
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."