Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Aggie Men Come Close Against West Texas A&M By Justine Gaskamp on 11/20/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University men's basketball team put up a great effort Tuesday evening; but it was West Texas A&M who came out on top with a 65-58 victory as the Aggies' record fell to 0-4.
The Aggie men played hard throughout the entire game against a big West Texas team. The Buffs started the scoring off with a three-pointer on their opening possession, but things were just heating up as the Aggies would soon tie the game at 10-10 with a layup from T.J. Farrell off an assist by Z. Jones; Farrell would even the score again at 16 apiece with a jumper good from the paint. A pair of Aggie turnovers and two fouls helped give the Buffs and eight-point advantage with 3:22 left in the half, but it was all Aggies from that point on as OPSU would score ten unanswered points to end the half. After a Bill Lee dunk followed by a successful jumper and back-to-back threes by Dawayne Matthews and Jeremy Newton, the Aggies headed to the locker room with a 28-26 lead over the Buffs.
Lee got things going in the second half with a jumper good for two, increasing the Aggies' lead to four. WT took advantage of Aggie turnovers and the on-court battle ensued. Tavien Rosemond continued the Aggie scoring with a slam dunk tying the game at 32, and a three-pointer from Krys Randolph would bring the Aggies back up by one with 16:29 left on the clock. However, the Buffs started turning things up and gained an 11-point lead with under eight minutes left in the game. The Aggies would fight back to within three points but would only find the basket once in the crucial closing minutes of the game which opened opportunities up for WT as they took the win.
Senior Bill Lee, Jr. led the team in scoring with 16 points and three Aggies came in under him with eight apiece: Tavien Rosemond, T.J. Farrell, and Jeremy Newton. Farrell led in rebounds with ten and Krys Randolph and Z. Jones each contributed six assists. The Aggies finished shooting 46.6% from the field compared to WT's 52.1%. One astonishing statistic to note relates to free-throws; WT went to the line 14 times of which they made nine, the Aggies only had two free-throw attempts the entire game and missed both.
Aggies' coach Jerry Olson had this to say: "It was a disappointing loss. We missed good shots which could have kept us even. I was disappointed in our defensive stances in the stretch; we allowed too much penetration down the lane." He added, "I was pleased with how hard we played. Bill Lee did a particularly outstanding job."
Coach Olson was also pleased with his team as they welcomed the Junior Leadership Guymon group into their locker room to visit after the game, and Caley Corbin also got a chance to interact with the team when she was made an official member of Aggie Athletics as part of the OPSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Team Impact project.
The Aggie men will take on Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. Live stats and video links will be available on the OPSU Aggie Athletics website on the men's basketball schedule. The Aggies will remain on the road until their next home game on January 9 against Univ. of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Good luck and safe travels to our Aggie men!