Men's Basketball Plays Thrilling Final Game

By Laura Nelson on 03/02/2013 Dallas—The Oklahoma Panhandle State men's basketball team played their final season game against Dallas Baptist University Saturday afternoon, and after the Patriots beat them by three at home early in the season, the Aggies hoped to return the favor.

Michael Patterson made a jump shot to put OPSU on the board first and DBU answered right back to tie it up. The Aggies started having trouble scoring and with just over 10 minutes left in half one, they were down 22-9, but they did not know the meaning of quit. Kysahn Sands made a layup and a free throw and T. J. Farrell followed that with a trey. A dunk from Tavien Rosemond and another layup from Carlos Tapia-Ponce put OPSU back to within five with 8:16 left. The Patriots scored another 14 points and held the Aggies to only seven to end the first half ahead, 38-26.

When the game started again, OPSU held DBU scoreless in the first three minutes. Damar Hill netted a three-pointer, Patterson hit two free throws and then a trey to get within four points of the Patriots. The Aggies were within two with five minutes gone in the second half, but the Patriots still maintained the lead, going ahead by 11 with 10 minutes left. OPSU continued to work and Hill tied the score at the 6:36 mark with an inside jump shot. The home team made a layup and Patterson answered with his own layup to tie it again at 60 all. DBU's Nick Fox made a layup and Randolph came right back with a three for the Aggies to take a one point lead. As the battle continued, the Aggies had a four point lead with four minutes remaining in the game, but DBU tied it up at 68 with 2:13 left. With only 16 seconds left, Patterson hit a jumper to tie the score at 72, but an unfortunate Aggie foul sent Jonathan Perry to the line and he made both charity shots. Hill tried a three-pointer at the buzzer, but it did not fall and OPSU lost, 74-72.

OPSU's field goal percentage raised from 28 in the first half to 52 in the second half and they also made 30 points in the paint. DBU's Jason Gentry led the scoring with 17. For the Aggies, Patterson scored 16 and brought down six rebounds, Randolph and Hill each had 14 points, and Bill Lee grabbed an amazing 12 rebounds and scored five points. The men end their season 5-23 overall and 1-11 in the Heartland Conference while DBU improved to 11-15, 7-7 HC.

Assistant Victor Esparza took on the coaching duties for the game as head coach Jerry Olson was away to attend services for a family member who had passed away. Esparza said, "The guys fought hard the whole game and did not give up. I'm really proud of their work and the fact that they brought such a great effort into the last game of the year. I wish our seniors the best as they move on and it was great coaching them this year." Esparza went on to say that this was the fourth time he had stepped in for Olson and said, "I learned from the best, so I'm confident. We did exactly what he would expect from us as a team."


We Are Panhandle

Image Rotator

Staff Highlight: Abby Rice

Abby Rice —Photo Courtesy Panhandle State Campus Communications

Image Rotator

Athletes Honored at Chi Alpha Sigma Banquet

The 2017 class of inductees and graduating seniors for Chi Alpha Sigma joined with University President Dr. Tim Faltyn (back right).—Sarah Brady photo

Image Rotator

Aggie Football Families Recognized at Main Street Oklahoma Event

From left: Head Coach Russell Gaskamp, and players Braylon Chandler, Eddie Thomas and Nate Leota are joined by Rep. Casey Murdock at the 2017 Main Street Oklahoma Awards Banquet. —Justine Gaskamp photo

Image Rotator

A Night of Celebration for Aggie Athletics

Panhandle State alumnus and Aggie Hall of Fame inductee Mario Mendoza of Turpin, Okla. served as the guest speaker at the 2017 Aggie Athletic Banquet.—Sarah Brady photo

Image Rotator

Bolton and Heathington Receive All-Conference Honors

Brooklyne Bolton (DP) and Madison Heathington (C) earned spots on the 2017 All-Heartland Conference Second Team for Softball.

Image Rotator

Oklahoma State A&M Board of Regents Visits Campus

Panhandle State students joined faculty and staff members for dinner at Hunny’s.

Image Rotator

PBL Continues Legacy

Panhandle State PBL had 10 students qualify for nationals at the recent State Leadership Conference. —Courtesy photo

Image Rotator

Etbauer Named Central Plains Region Coach of the Year

Ben Johnsrud competes in the steer wrestling at the Fort Hays State University Rodeo as Josh Frost (left) hazes for Johnsrud. Frost is riding Robert Etbauer’s horse, Rambo, who was named Central Plains Region Men’s Team Horse of the Year for the fifth time. —Photo by Dale Hirschman

Image Rotator

Panhandle State Association of Alumni and Friends Inducts Hall of Fame Ambassadors

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees from left to right: Jerry and Jill Olson and Jessica Lofland. —Photo by Danae Moore

Image Rotator

Third Place National Finish for Panhandle State AITP

From left to right: Cole Tolbert, Martin Jurado, Grant Sparkman, Brian Martinez, Elias Pitterle, Madilyn Rider, Chance Hayden, Travis Pitterle, Jorge Rosas, Allston Hadley, Ricardo Quezadaponce, Kim Tuttle. —Courtesy Photo