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Aggie Men Fall in Exhibition Game at Northern Colorado

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 12/11/2017 The Aggie men's basketball team looks to bounce back after a road loss to UNC.-Rylee Higgins photo The Aggie men's basketball team looks to bounce back after a road loss to UNC.-Rylee Higgins photo

Greeley, Colo.—The Panhandle State men's basketball team took a 104-53 loss on the road Sunday, in an exhibition match against Northern Colorado.

Jace Kerr and Tyler Pate were the team's leading scorers, adding 13 and 12 points respectively. Freshmen Thomas Ellis and Hank Harrel put up seven points apiece off the bench; the Aggie bench accounted for 23 of the team's 32 second-half points.

The Aggies averaged a paltry 27.8 percent shooting in the first half and trailed the Bears 56-21 going into the break. Kerr scored all 13 of his points in the first twenty minutes of play, not taking the court in the second half after suffering a light bone bruise in the first half. Shooting improved to 37.9 percent in the second period with the Aggies landing three of nine shots beyond the arc.

For the game, Panhandle State finished with a 32.3 percent average from the field, while UNC connected on 53.4 percent of their shots. The Aggies struggled from three-point range, sinking just four of 18 long-distance shots. The Bears controlled the court making 18 threes in the game, and sharing shots with a total of 23 assists. UNC also dominated at the boards with 57. The Aggies brought down 31 boards led by Bronson Burns off the bench with four rebounds.

Head Coach Jerry Olson was impressed with their opponents stating, "Northern Colorado played great. They shot it better than I've seen all year. They defended us really well and really hard the entire game." Olson added, "We forced shots that led to run-outs and we got manhandled on the boards and on loose balls. They just played much harder than we did." Although disappointed in the outcome, Coach Olson was happy to be able to play all 14 guys in the game, with everyone getting at least ten minutes of court-time.

The Aggies re-enter Sooner Athletic Conference play this week with a game against Southwestern Christian University on Thursday, Dec. 14. Tip is set for 8 p.m. in Bethany, Okla.; the women's team will also compete against the Eagles with a 6 p.m. start time. Both games offer live stats and video streaming with links available on the sport schedule pages at opsuaggies.com.