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Aggies Edge out Exhibition Win over SWOSU with Buzzer-Beating Three

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 12/09/2017 Jaedon Whitfield hit the game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Aggies an 84-83 victory over SWOSU.-Beverly Hintergardt photo (11-27-17 Ecclesia) Jaedon Whitfield hit the game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Aggies an 84-83 victory over SWOSU.-Beverly Hintergardt photo (11-27-17 Ecclesia)

Weatherford, Okla.—Panhandle State men's basketball opened their four-game December road stint with an exciting win over Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Friday evening.

The Aggies stripped the 84-83 victory from the Bulldogs as sophomore Jaedon Whitfield sunk a last-second, long-distance shot for three just before the final buzzer. Whitfield came away with 17 points and ten rebounds for his eighth-straight double-double of the year. His game-winning three was the only shot he connected on from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Tyler Pate and junior forward Jace Kerr led the game in scoring with 24 and 23 points respectively. Kerr was the team's second-leading contributor at the boards with seven rebounds, all defensive; he also had a game-high of four steals for the Aggies. Whitfield topped the charts with three blocked shots and had one steal and two assists for a well-rounded performance.

While SWOSU outscored the Aggies 38-12 off the bench, the Aggies proved superior in the paint 34-26. Panhandle State posted 17 points off turnovers with seven steals in the game. The Aggie men averaged 47.5 percent from the field, scoring on 9-23 three-point attempts and 19-24 shots from the line. The Bulldogs held a 42.4 shooting percentage and went 10-25 beyond the arc and 17-22 at the line. SWOSU's leading player was Charles Beauregard, who earned a double-double on 20 points and 12 rebounds; Beauregard also led the game in assists with seven.

Head Coach Jerry Olson commented after the win, "Our guys never quit and just kept battling the entire game. We've shown a lot of toughness lately." In the absence of point guard DK Sumo (ankle injury; one week), Olson was pleased to see other players step up, "Everyone that played did a great job." He specifically noted the efforts of Kerr, Pate and Whitfield.

The SWOSU game was the first of three exhibition matches the Aggies are set to compete in this month. The team travels to Greeley, Colo. for a performance against Northern Colorado this Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.-MST. From there the Aggies meet up with Southwestern Christian in Bethany, Okla. for a Sooner Athletic Conference game on Thursday, Dec. 14, before continuing on to New Orleans, La. for their final exhibition matchup of the season on Dec. 18 against the University of New Orleans.

As exhibition contests and scrimmages do not count in season records, the Aggies stand 5-2 with a 1-1 SAC record. Fans unable to attend road games may keep up with live stats and video as offered by the opponents; links are available at opsuaggies.com on the men's basketball schedule page.