With 23 seconds left, UC's diTrapano converted 1 of 2 free throws, leaving Fairmont with the ball and a just three-point deficit. But Douglas, a University of Idaho transfer, stole a pass with 10 seconds left, was fouled and made 1 of 2 with 8.2 seconds remaining to virtually seal the win.
Osborne, a former Glenville State coach, is still learning the conference and his roster but likes his team's intense and unselfish play.
"All I know is we talk about it. We have good kids who try to do it. We try to reinforce it. It's something we talk about a lot,'' he said. "What we say is that the people in this locker room are a family, and we treat each other like family. We don't just throw that word around.''
DiTrapano, a George Washington alumnus, made his second start of the season at point guard and responded with 15 points to share team high-point honors with guard Baptiste Boucharel. Thirteen of diTrapano's points came in the second half, including back-to-back baskets shortly after halftime to help UC construct its 11-point lead. He also had three rebounds and three assists. Aleksander Kesic added 12 points and six rebounds.
"We're getting some good play out of our seniors,'' said Osborne. "Xavier Humphrey's having a great year so far. Denzel's been huge in key moments and had that huge steal. Kesic and Tino are both sophomores. Austin Brewer and Denio are providing some help as freshmen. So it's been a good overall effort.''
Fairmont, which led in the game's early minutes but never again, was led by Thomas Wimbush's 23 points and 10 rebounds. Martins Abele, a 7-foot native of Latvia and a Duquesne transfer, contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.