"We really played well on both ends of the floor tonight,'' Osborne said. "That's what I told the guys. I had no complaints. We shot the ball real well and got off to a good start.
"Defensively, Tharp is pretty good and so's McClung. They had to work for all their points. We did a really good job on them and kept them in front of us and made them work to score.''
It was the second victory for Poca against No. 9 Nicholas (10-6) in three days. The Dots won in Summersville 60-43 on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies, who have lost three of their last four, were playing their fourth game in five days because of a slew of earlier weather postponements. They shot just 29 percent on Friday.
"We just had no legs tonight,'' said Nicholas coach Brian Phipps. "We couldn't defend. We couldn't run off screens. We couldn't set screens. We couldn't run the floor. Our kids were tired. But you've got to get them in when you can get them in.
"Plus, they shot the lights out. What we have to do is forget that and keep building.''
About the only highlight for Nicholas was Tharp scoring his 1,000th career point on a 3 with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
Poca, meanwhile, flashed its usual balanced show, with Matt Chandler (15 points), Noah Frampton (12 points, six assists), Elijah Cuffee (10 points) and Cam Cottrill (four assists) also contributing.
"Now we've got to get ready for Chapmanville,'' Osborne said of Tuesday's home game against the No. 7 Tigers, whom Poca beat 53-43 on Feb. 1. "It's going to be a challenge. They've got a good team. At their place, they were ahead by nine at the half. So we've got to be ready to play.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.