This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

Presented by Courtyard By Marriott at the University of Delaware

University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some memorable dates in Blue Hen history.


FEBRUARY 6, 1963

Late Jumper by Osowski Sends Delaware to Tense 58-56 Victory Over Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Backup Mike Osowski's jump shot with 45 seconds left to play gave the University of Delaware men's basketball team a thrilling 58-56 victory over host Bucknell before a crowd of 1,200 fans.

The rough, tense Middle Atlantic Conference contest, which saw Delaware surrender leads ranging as high as 17 points, ended in controversy. With 10 seconds remaining, a tussle broke out between Delaware's Ron Smith and Bucknell's Lorry Hathaway resulting in a jump ball situation.

The ball was tossed in the air for some eight seconds and was finally knocked out of bounds by a Delaware player. As the Bison started to bring the ball back into play, the buzzer sounded to end the game. Bucknell's bench contended that the clock never stopped when the ball went out of bounds but the decision held.

Delaware star Nate Cloud (at left) led the Hens with 22 points while Dave Sysko added 11 points. Cloud, Smith, Pete Cloud, and Tom Lyons each played much of the second half with four fouls but none of them fouled out.

Delaware snapped a three-game losing streak while Bucknell, despite 24 points from John Matthews, dropped its seventh straight game.