Texas Team Takes Men's WinBy Laura Nelson on 02/01/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—The Texas A&M International Dustdevils and the OPSU Aggies matched up in Goodwell Thursday night in a physical game that was ultimately decided in favor of the visitors.
TAMI took a quick four point lead in the first half, but a Bill Lee layup followed by a jump shot from Tavien Rosemond tied the score. The Dustdevils answered right back and the teams traded buckets through the eight minute mark when the score was tied for the sixth time at 22 all. TAMI quickly took back the lead and kept it as the Aggies turned the ball over six times and missed several shot attempts, but even with the mistakes, the Dustdevils left the court at the half with only a slim 36-29 lead.
TAMI held OPSU at 29 points through the first minutes of the second half while they increased their lead to 16, and the Aggies got it down to eight with just over 11 minutes left in the game. Spurred by consecutive treys from Johnel Gray, the Dustdevils commanded the rest of the game and won 87-69.
Gray led the Dustdevil charge with an amazing scoring performance, going 8-9 from the floor which includes a perfect 4-4 beyond the arc plus 4-4 at the free throw line to lead all scorers with 24. Four OPSU players earned double digits—Damar Hill with 17, Krys Randolph and Lee with 11 each, and Rosemond with ten. Hill also dished out six assists and had four rebounds.
Head coach Jerry Olson commented, "I was disappointed with our defense in the second half. We let them get to the rim too many times. We're still not making shots like we should. I like our effort, but we can't keep making those mistakes."
The men's and women's teams both play again at home on Saturday against the Rattlers from St. Mary's University. The Rattlers men's team is 12-6 overall and 4-4 in the Heartland Conference while OPSU is now 4-17 and 0-8. The women tip off at 2 p.m. and the men's game follows at 4 p.m. Fans unable to attend can follow the action with live stats and live audio on OPSU website at www.opsu.edu using the Athletics link.