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Historic night

Saturday January 31, 2009

MEN’S BASKETBALL (15-2 OUA, 23-7 overall):

Hosted York (4-13 OUA) Saturday, January 31 (8:00 p.m.)

    Half Game

York     28    76

uOttawa 55     111

Stefan Haynes – 24 points, eight rebounds - York

Josh Gibson-Bascombe – 26 points six rebounds - uOttawa



A pair of guards named Josh gave a former guard named Dave a record he may have already forgotten.  

Fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe scored 26 points Saturday to give the Gee-Gees a 111-76 home win over York, and coach Dave DeAveiro uOttawa’s men’s basketball all-time coaching wins record.

The Gee-Gees improved to 15-2 in the OUA East, scoring 100 points for the first time this season in winning a second straight game. 

DeAveiro, with his 167th overall win in his eighth season as head coach, surpassed the 166 overall wins set by Jack Eisenmann, who coached uOttawa for 12 seasons ending in 2001.

“It means a lot that we can do this for our coach,” said Gibson-Bascombe. “He’s helped me be accountable for my actions on and off the court.”

Eisenmann recruited a 19-year-old DeAveiro from Toronto’s George Harvey High School  to play with the 1984 Gee-Gees, and also gave DeAveiro his first coaching coaching job as a Gee-Gees assistant.

“He played a big factor of me being here as a player and as a coach,” said DeAveiro, 45.

“As far as the record, I don’t think about that stuff.”

The aerial acrobatics of Gee-Gees fourth year transfer guard Josh Wright – who scored many of his 25 points over 22 minutes from the air with four brothers and his parents from Utica, NY looking on - added real entertainment to DeAveiro’s understated milestone.

“It’s an honour and a privilege coming here and try to get him the record,” said Wright, who started his second regular season game and played his seventh since joining the Gee-Gees at Christmas.

uOttawa led 55-28 at the half.

DeAveiro has a career regular season coaching record of 110-61 and is now 167-104. Eisenmann finished 83-115 in the regular season and with a 166-221 overall record while coaching the Gee-Gees over 12 seasons from 1989-1990 to 2000-01.

The Gee-Gees visit Toronto and Ryerson next weekend.