OPSU Comes Up Short in Wild 115-109 Overtime Loss
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/02/2008
Goodwell, Okla. - Two sets of Aggies tangled in men’s basketball on Sunday evening in Lawton, Oklahoma as the Cameron Aggies topped the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies, 115-109. It was as an exciting a college basketball game as one could want and it went to overtime after the score was tied at 100 at the end of regulation.
It was the second close game of the season between the two squads, as OPSU earned an 88-86 home court win on December 3.
On Sunday, Cameron owned a 27-17 lead with just under ten minutes to play in the first half, but OPSU battled their way back and trailed 47-42 at the halftime break.
Both teams had their sights set on victory and OPSU’s Chuck Salisbury scored a layup to put his team ahead 54-53 with 16 minutes to play in regulation. Six minutes later, the score was tied 69-69.
OPSU took a 72-71 lead on a Scott Hilton three-point bomb with just over nine minutes to play and both teams kept battling. OPSU’s Fred Durr nailed a three pointer with six seconds left on the clock to tie the score at 100 and send the game to overtime. However, Cameron outscored OPSU 15-9 in the extra period to gain their win.
OPSU’s LaChawn Anderson led his team with 24 points and five of his teammates also scored in double figures – Will Stephenson and Basil Laslie (21 each), Durr (14), Luke Ogden (13), and Salisbury (11). Stephenson’s ten rebounds gave the senior forward his second consecutive “Double-Double.”
Salisbury also dished out five assists and came up with four steals. Stephenson also had five assists and OPSU’s 58-point second half featured a blistering 68% shooting from the field.
Cameron’s Maurice Cubit led all scorers with 35 points.
OPSU head coach Jerry Olson was not pleased with his team’s defensive effort, but his offensive arsenal continues to be productive, averaging 85 points through nine games.
According to Cameron University Sports Information, Cameron head coach Maurice Leitzke was very complimentary of OPSU, saying, “Oklahoma Panhandle State is a very good team, and they will compete at the top of the Heartland Conference this year.”
OPSU is now 5-4 on the season and their next action will be this Saturday on their home court with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Bacone.