Hoops season picks up once again at GC
With a big win over Temple Baptist, GC set to take on tougher competition in LouisvilleBy ANDY RUSSELL
This past week the Georgetown men’s basketball team opened up their 2009-10 campaign with Temple Baptist University. They are entering the season looking to avenge a loss last season in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament after a fantastic season where they finished second in the MSC Conference and accumulated 27 total wins with only five losses.
Head coach Happy Osbourne is in his 30th season on campus and coached his 14th straight opener as head coach of the storied program last Thursday. Alongside Osbourne is assistant coach Chris Briggs who enters his third season with the Tigers and assistant coach Kentreal (K.C.) Goodin, who was on the 1998 National Championship Team at Georgetown. The Tigers opened up the season in much the same fashion that they opened the 2008-09 season with a blowout win over their opponent, 115-47. The game was already decided going into the break when GC was up 52-17. They were able to put the clamps down on Temple Baptist early on the defensive end and shot the lights out (23/41 for 56 percent) on the offensive end. They were able to control the tempo early and assert themselves like all good teams do.
When asked how his team performed in their first game, Happy said, “I wished we played at a better level. I feel like we had the jitters early but played through it and ended up playing well. I didn’t like the fact that we gave up 18 offensive rebounds but we played a very unselfish game.” After the half, Georgetown came out on fire and kept it up throughout the rest of the game. They shot 65 percent in the second half compared to Temple Baptist’s 21 percent. Overall, Georgetown shot 60 percent for the game and Temple Baptist shot 19 percent; not exactly identical numbers if I might say. I asked Coach Happy about the performance he got from some of his players and he said, “I don’t want to single out any one player because all of our guys played well. We had a nice rotation going and we played well together. You are going to see some big things this year from this team if we play with this unselfish attitude.”
We saw amazing performances from Vic Moses and Maurice Pearson during the game. Vic Moses scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds for
his first double-double of the season. Maurice Pearson had 12 points on a perfect five-for-five shooting and 15 rebounds for his first double-double as well. Teshawn Byron and Jamel Ferguson were great sparks off the bench for the Tigers with 12 and 18 points, respectively. There were six scorers in double figures in this game compared to the one player for Temple Baptist.
The Tigers were able to dominate in their season opener. The next games for the Tigers are huge ones against the University of Louisville, Mississippi State and Florida State. These three games are big not only for the team and their record, but for the program as well. There are not many NAIA schools that get to play teams from the SEC, ACC and Big East. This is a great opportunity for our school and our team to show the rest of the country that NAIA schools can compete on the Division I level. I want to wish the Tigers the best of luck as they head to Mississippi here in the next couple of weeks.
Personally, with no bias at all, I think that we match up pretty well with the Bulldogs. After they take on these tough opponents from out of conference they are looking to take on some stiff competition in the Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament, the Mid-South Classic and the Jim Reid Classic. Both the Jim Reid and the Andrew Elswick tournaments are in Alumni Gymnasium on campus. After these season opening tournaments, conference play will begin in early January. Go out and cheer on the Tigers as they look to make a splash in the Mid-South Conference and in the NAIA National Tournament. It’s officially hoops season for the black and orange.
Who’s better? Who cares?
With college football hitting the half-way mark, we have to look back and see who is worthy of the title. Sorry UK, you aren’t going to be marching anywhere this season. But keep your chins up! Basketball is right around the corner. As for U of L, there’s really nothing to say. Maybe your water polo team will win something soon. From the bottom of the barrel to the top, Florida, Alabama and Texas have been the top three all season and look to stay there. Teams like USC, Iowa, TCU, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech are coming up quick however. Its going to be a wild finish.
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 Oklahoma State The Horns are looking to keep their BCS hopes alive as they visit a gun slingin’, high scoring Oklahoma State team. The Horns are looking for a fight here. Texas in a high scoring affair.
No. 5 USC vs. No. 10 Oregon I was impressed with the way that USC handled the crowd last week at Oregon State. The Ducks are tough at home though. I’m going out on a limb and taking Oregon at home by a field goal.
Georgia vs. No. 1 Florida As the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” ensues Saturday there will be many eyes on this game. Is Florida for real? Can Tebow bounce back? No doubt. Florida by 14.