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Bill Lee scored 13 and pulled down 13 rebounds in Saturday's win against UTPB.—Laycee Collins photoBill Lee scored 13 and pulled down 13 rebounds in Saturday's win against UTPB.—Laycee Collins photo
**For Immediate Release** Aggie Men Hammer Out a Win By Laura Nelson on 02/10/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University men's basketball team (5-18, 1-9 HC) took fans on a roller coaster ride in Oscar Williams Field House on Saturday, leading the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Falcons (10-9, 5-5 HC) at one point by 13, then plunging in the second half, taking until the last seconds to win by one.

Even though the Falcons scored first, the Aggies went to work quickly. A steal by Michael Patterson set up a three-point shot by Damar Hill to put OPSU in front by four with three minutes off the clock. That prompted an Aggie scoring run as they scored 15 points to the Falcon's seven to lead by 13 with about eight minutes left in the first half. OPSU left the court for halftime with a 31-22 lead.

The Aggie men maintained a comfortable lead through the first five minutes of the second half, but the Falcons began to cut into the OPSU lead with two three-point shots plus a steal and subsequent layup. Meanwhile, OPSU could not get shots to fall, and with 12 minutes left in the game, they held a precarious two-point lead. UTPB took a one-point lead, their first of the second half, with just over six minutes left on the clock. Lee hit a trey to put the home team up by two and Falcon Keith Martin tied it at 49 all with a layup. The Aggies again took the lead, but the Falcons responded and took a one point lead again with three minutes left in the game. What followed seemed like an eternity for fans sitting on the edge of their seats. OPSU missed four agonizing shots and the game dragged out with both sides calling time outs. With just over a minute left, UTPB missed a trey, and OPSU missed a jump shot. Finally, with seven seconds left, Patterson hit the game-winning layup.

Lee earned his first double double of the season with 13 points matched by 13 rebounds. Patterson added 10 points and Damar Hill chipped in nine.

The men play on the road next week, traveling to Wichita, Kan. for a game with Newman University on Feb. 14 and continuing on to the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith on Feb. 16.

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