Aggie Men Try to Break the BroncsBy Laura Nelson on 01/30/2013 Edinburg, Texas—The OPSU men's basketball team played the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg Tuesday night, a tough NCAA Div. I team, and while they came home with a loss, head coach Jerry Olson said, "I am so proud of how we didn't quit—the team always gives their best effort to the end of the game."
Through the first seven minutes of the game, the Aggies handed the Broncs an 18-2 lead as shot after shot (11 total) refused to find the bottom of the net. Kysahn Sands broke the spell with a layup, and OPSU finally cut UTPA's lead to eight when Krys Randolph stole the ball and dished it off to T. J. Farrell for a layup with about six minutes left in the first half. In the remaining time, the Broncs again surged ahead by as many as 16 points, but the Aggies put together some scoring plays and went into halftime behind 43-31. Damar Hill and Krys Randolph kept OPSU in the game that first half with 11 and nine points, respectively.
Randolph started the OPSU scoring in the second half with a trey, but UTPA kept hitting shots and again pulled ahead by 15. The Aggies were having none of it. With 11:29 left on the clock, OPSU went on a 15-point scoring spree that was capped with another three-pointer from Randolph to get within two points of the lead. UTPA answered right back, and despite a hard-fought battle, OPSU was behind 76-68 when the clock ran out.
A junior from Chicago, Randolph sizzled, going 8-12 from beyond the arc, adding two free throws to score 26 points. He also brought down six defensive rebounds and stole the ball four times. Hill scored 16 and had nine assists while Bill Lee chipped in 11 and grabbed five rebounds. Tavien Rosemond added four points and had six rebounds. The Broncs had four players scoring in double digits and improved their overall season record to 11-11.
The Aggies (4-16, 0-7 HC) resume conference play this week at home. On Thursday, they play Texas A&M International (10-7, 4-3 HC) at about 7:30, and Saturday, Feb. 2, they meet up with St. Mary's (12-5, 4-3 HC) at about 4 p.m. Game times are dependent upon when the women's games end.
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.