Hilltoppers Overcome Aggie MenBy Laura Nelson on 02/24/2013 Goodwell, Okla.After recognizing seniors Chris Capinia, Damar Hill, and Jared Messer, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies faced the St. Edward's Hilltoppers in their final home game of the season on Saturday.
The action was fast and furious at the beginning of the game as Conner Kjer popped a three to get the Hilltoppers on the scoreboard. The Aggies took a one-point lead when Michael Patterson made a two followed by a crowd-pleasing dunk from Tavien Rosemond. The lead changed three more times and then Hill made a layup and converted it to a three-point play at the free throw line to put OPSU up by two. Kjer hit back-to-back threes to give the lead back to St. Ed's. In the next three minutes, the visitors pulled ahead by as much as 15, but the Aggies kept fighting back and cut the Hilltopper lead to six with just over eight and a half minutes remaining in the first half. At the buzzer, St. Ed's led, 36-27.
Kjer struck again with a trey at the beginning of period two, but Krys Randolph had other ideas. In the next four minutes of play, he was the only Aggie scorer, putting in two short jumpers, two from downtown, and two free throws to catch OPSU up to within four of St. Edward's. Tough play continued with the teams trading shots, and with just over 12 minutes left in the game, the Aggies trailed by three. The Hilltoppers began a solid scoring run, and even with four minutes left and losing by 19 points, the OPSU men did not know the meaning of quit. They continued to battle it out, but at the end, the Hilltoppers took a 70-58 win.
Randolph led OPSU's scoring with 17, which included 5-5 from the charity stripe and he took down five rebounds. Hill scored 11 and Rosemond had 9 points and five rebounds while Bill Lee matched points with rebounds at eight each. The Aggies are now 5-22 overall and 1-12 in Heartland Conference play.
For St. Edward's, (16-14, 5-7 HC) Shimeek Johnson had 19 points followed by Kjer with 18 and Harley Nussman had eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The men travel to take on Dallas Baptist on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Fans can access live audio on the Patriots' website at www.dbupatriots.com.