Stars fall short in blue blood battle in NAIA Second Round

OCU Sports
Rich Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georgetown (Ky.) prevailed over Oklahoma City University 91-83 on Friday morning in the NAIA Division I men’s basketball tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

Ridell Camidge delivered a team-high 19 points for Oklahoma City. The eighth-ranked Stars ended their season 24-9.

The blockbuster matchup featured the two top programs in all-time victories and national-tournament wins among current NAIA teams. Oklahoma City ended the season with 1,505 all-time wins and 48 victories in NAIA Tournament play. OCU enjoyed its 1,500th win 75-73 over Central Christian (Kan.) after Jonathan Ellis’ buzzer-beating jumper Feb. 13 in McPherson, Kan.

Oklahoma City fell short of its 15th 25-win season in the tradition-rich program’s history. The Stars earned their first national-tournament victory, consecutive 20-win seasons and Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season championship since 2007-08. OCU rang up its most wins since posting 31 in ’07-08. Oklahoma City owns national championships won in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2007 and 2008, triumphing over Georgetown for its fourth national title 86-80 on March 18, 1996 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Lou Dunbar provided the Stars with 17 points while hitting 5 of 9 from 3-point range, while Ivan Saicic and Samuel Williams tallied 12 points each. Saicic, a senior from Belgrade, Serbia, added 13 rebounds and two assists.

Terence Bonhomme, a senior from St. Martinville, La., chipped in 10 points and two assists, while Ellis, a senior from Powder Springs, Ga., dished out a game-high seven assists. Eric McCollum, a junior from Newburgh, N.Y., hauled in 12 rebounds.

Camidge, a senior from Wilmington, N.C., connected on 4 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc as OCU nailed 10 treys. Dunbar, a senior from Seabrook, Texas, finished his career with 209 3-pointers made to fall short of OCU’s all-time record of 212 treys set by Charles Weekly in 1985-90. Bonhomme completed his five-year Stars tenure with 1,292 points.

Shadell Millinghaus led ninth-ranked Georgetown (27-6) with 28 points, eight rebounds and four 3-pointers.

The lead changed 17 times between the two teams. OCU scored the game’s first eight points as Camidge sank back-to-back 3s, the second of which came with 18:27 left in the first half. Camidge nailed his third trey of the game to give the Stars a 13-4 advantage at the 16:57 mark.

Georgetown seized the lead with a 13-0 run. Millinghaus and Quan Poindexter sank consecutive 3s to key the run. Elijay Cowherd scored to put Georgetown ahead 27-20 midway through the first half.

Mark Howell chipped in a pair of baskets during an 11-0 onslaught as OCU took a 41-40 edge on Bonhomme’s lay-in with 2:39 to go in the first period.

Cowherd capped a 9-0 run with foul shots to put Georgetown on top 68-60 with 12:27 remaining.