Osbourn senior forward Joe Lane found himself knocked to the floor in a crumpled heap underneath his team's basket late in the fourth quarter last night. Moments later, though, it was Lane who was doing the thumping.

In the final 34 seconds, he scored on a putback, grabbed two defensive rebounds, sank two free throws and contested the potentially game-tying three-pointer in a 48-45 comeback win over Courtland.

"When I got hit in the nose with the elbow, it got me fired up a little bit," Lane said. "I just wanted to go out and do whatever I could."

The win, which bumps the Eagles to 3-0 headed into their Cardinal District opener Friday at Potomac, did not come easy. Courtland, a team Osbourn had beaten by 14 on the Cougars' home floor in the season opener, rattled off the first 11 points of the second half to break open a tie game.

The Eagles did not take the lead until 34 seconds remained. Courtland's 6-foot-9 center, David Johnson, blocked a shot by junior Justin Campbell, but the ball caromed directly to Lane, who scored and was fouled. He sank the free throw to give the Eagles a 46-45 lead.

"My baskets are just cleanup baskets," the 6-4 Lane said. "I get all the junk."

The next trip down the floor, Johnson missed a wide open layup. Lane pulled in the rebound and sank one of two foul shots to put the Eagles up by two. On Courtland's next possession, Ryan Hill missed a shot in the paint that Lane also hauled in--his 13th rebound of the game. Lane made the second of two foul shots to put the Eagles up by three with seven seconds to play.

With Osbourn blanketing the Cougars' three-point threats on an inbound play on the Courtland end with two seconds left, Paul Hibbs inbounded the ball to Johnson, who had drifted out to three-point range. Johnson's attempt, with Lane contesting, did not come close. Johnson and the Courtland bench protested that a foul should have been called; Lane said he never touched him.

Johnson led all scorers with 19 points and had eight rebounds, but none of the boards came on the offensive end. Courtland wavered after point guard Cortez Thompson fouled out with 2 minutes 37 seconds to play. The 5-9 Thompson had scored just six points but somehow had wriggled his way for 11 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end. The Cougars were still up by three when he was disqualified.

Osbourn, which already is just two victories shy of its win total last year, got off to poor starts in each half and missed shots that had fallen the first two outings. Courtland reeled off eight unanswered points early in the first quarter, during which the Eagles managed just one basket the first five minutes. Then there was the Cougars' 11-0 flurry to open the second half.

"They were hungry," Osbourn Coach Mike Dufrene said. "We were almost satisfied. We're not listening to assignments. We're not playing our roles. Offensively, I didn't know what we were doing, and that's not a good sign."

The Eagles' top scorer, senior guard John Horton, made just two of 15 shots but collected nine rebounds. Senior guard Jon Latimer made two of nine but came up with five steals, two of them at crucial times.

"We got by tonight not playing for 32 minutes," Dufrene said. "Friday night at Potomac, we must play for 32 minutes and make it a slow-tempo game. If we don't play for 32 minutes, it's going to be ugly."

Potomac beat Osbourn by 19 and 31 points last season.

Courtland (1-3)--Minor 4 0-0 10, Thompson 2 1-2 6, Hill 1 0-1 3, Blake 0 1-2 1, Pendleton 1 0-0 2, Hibbs 1 1-2 4, McGowan 0 0-0 0, Johnson 8 3-4 19. Totals 17 6-11 45.

Osbourn (3-0)--Belcher 0 2-2 2, D'Antignac 3 5-6 11, Stoltz 0 0-1 0, A. Oglesby 1 0-0 3, B. Oglesby 0 0-0 0, Horton 2 4-4 8, Latimer 2 2-4 6, Osborne 1 0-0 2, Lane 3 4-7 10, Williams 3 0-0 6, Campbell 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 17-24 48.

Halftime: 24-24.

Three-point goals: Courtland 5 (Minor 2, Thompson 1, Hill 1, Hibbs 1); Osbourn 1 (A. Oglesby).

CAPTION: Courtland's David Johnson (game-high 19 points) is too late to stop a layup by Joel D'Antignac of Osbourn, which improved its record to 3-0.

CAPTION: Cortez Thompson moves to the ball after Osbourn's Jon Latimer delivers a pass. The Eagles rallied after the Cougars ran off 11 points at the start of the second half.

CAPTION: Heading for the basket, Osbourn's Alan Oglesby is surrounded by Courtland's Cortez Thompson (5), Brandan McGovan and 6-foot-9 center David Johnson (50).