Men Off to a Cold Start in Alaska Tournament —By Daulton Perry on 11/16/2012 Fairbanks, Alaska—In Fairbanks, Alaska, the temperature was a chilly negative nine degrees at game time for the OPSU men's basketball team, but fortunately, the Aggies played inside and were the home team in their opening game against Colorado Christian at the Alaska Invitational hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Aggies got off to a cold start as they shot just 21.2 per cent from the field and were 3-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Colorado Christian Cougars led at the half 37-24. OPSU came out in the second half shooting much better, but failed to stop the Cougars from adding to their lead. The Aggies came within seven points with 17:27 remaining; however, that would be the closest that they would get. The Cougars ended the game with a 38.1 shooting percentage from the field compared to the 28.4 for the Aggies. Colorado Christian played great defense throughout the entire game, accumulating seven steals and forcing the Aggies to turn the ball over 14 times.
The leading scorer for the Aggies was Tavien Rosemond with 13 and he also came down with 8 rebounds. He was followed by Krys Randolph with 10. The next game for the Aggies is tonight at 5:15 pm CST against the host team, the Alaska Nanooks. Fans can follow all of the action online at www.alaskananooks.com using the men's basketball link.