St. Edward's Gets Win Over OPSU MenBy Laura Nelson on 01/27/2013 Austin, Texas—A close first half against St. Edward's Saturday afternoon seemed to leave the OPSU men's basketball team under-prepared for the Hilltopper's dominance in the second half.
St. Edward's took a quick 7-0 lead at the start of the game, but a jump shot from Tavien Rosemond, a layup by Bill Lee and three good free throws courtesy of Carlos Tapia-Ponce gave the Aggies a one point lead. The first half continued with the teams trading the lead until 10:45 when the Hilltoppers got the advantage and then increased it to eight points with about five minutes left in the half. The Aggies continued to fight and cut the lead to a single point following back-to-back treys by Krys Randolph. St. Ed's responded and took back a six point lead until a T. J. Farrell inside shot cut it to four as the Hilltoppers left the court at halftime ahead 36-32.
To begin half two, St. Ed's scored a quick two and Tapia-Ponce answered with a three-pointer to put the Hilltoppers ahead only by three. Hilltopper Jeff Campbell responded with his own three, and the Aggies turned the ball over six times in the next four and a half minutes of play. St. Edward's profited with 11 points to increase their lead to 20 and at one point, led OPSU by 30. The Aggies continued to fight, but never threatened the lead again, and the Hilltoppers got the 89-70 win.
Randolph led the Aggie scoring with 16 followed by Farrell and Bill Lee with 10 each. Michael Patterson chipped in eight points and Rosemond led the team in rebounds with eight and blocked two shots. For the Hilltoppers, Chris Wacker and Shimeek Johnson both earned double doubles and Campbell led all scorers with 17.
The men travel to deep south Texas to play the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.utpabroncs.com/ by choosing the men's basketball link. Live video is also available from UTPA for a fee.
They resume conference play at home on Thursday, Jan. 31 against Texas A&M International at about 7:30, following the women's 5:30 game.