Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Men's Basketball Falls to UTPB —By Laura Nelson on 01/13/2013 Odessa, Texas—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University men's basketball team started an exciting game against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Saturday afternoon with Damar Hill hitting a 3-point shot followed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Carlos Tapia-Ponce.
Another trey by Bill Lee put the Aggies up 12-0 early in the game. OPSU remained in the lead until UTPB tied it up 18-18 with 9:20 left in the half. OPSU fell behind by four, and tied it at 22 all at the six minute mark, but UTPB scored 11 and held OPSU to two as the Falcons went to the locker room ahead 33-24 at halftime.
The Aggie scoring fell apart in the second half, especially from beyond the arc as it dropped from 54.5 percent in the first half to only 30 percent in the second half. The Falcons led the entire second half, eventually closing out the game with a 65-49 win. Head coach Jerry Olson said, "I thought we played hard, we just didn't make shots." UTPB is now 5-7 and 1-3 HC and OPSU is 4-11, 0-4 HC.
Bill Lee earned a double double with 12 total points and 10 rebounds. Tapia-Ponce and Krys Randolph each contributed nine points.
The men take on Newman University Thursday, Jan. 17 at home in conference play at approximately 7:30, following the women's game that begins at 5:30. The games will be sponsored by Wirtz Lumber and Stanfield Printing.
Admission to OPSU basketball games is $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and senior citizens aged 65 and above. Children under five and OPSU students are admitted free. OPSU faculty and staff and immediate family will also be admitted free with an ID.