Late Run Lifts St. Mary’s Over OPSU, 63-53
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/04/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - For most of the way, the Thursday night men’s basketball game in San Antonio between Oklahoma Panhandle State and St. Mary’s was up for grabs. However, a late St. Mary’s run spelled the difference as they earned the Heartland Conference win, 63-53.
OPSU’s LaChawn Anderson hit his first three shots, and the Aggies jumped out to a fast 10-6 lead with just over four minutes gone in the game. The lead changed hands eight times in the first half, and though the Aggies shot 55% from the field, some solid three-point shooting from St. Mary’s gave the home team a 30-29 margin at the end of the intermission.
The game continued to be a virtual dead heat for the early part of the second half, and the score was tied at 40 with 11:27 to play. However, St. Mary’s outscored the Aggies by a 23-13 margin to close the game and even their season record at 6-6.
The Aggies were the stronger team under the baskets with 37 rebounds compared to St. Mary’s 25, but nine three-pointers in the game by St. Mary’s versus just two for the Aggies proved to be a large difference.
OPSU’s Will Stephenson came off the bench and drilled in a game high 20 points, blocked four shots, and grabbed four rebounds and a steal in just 27 minutes on the court. Anderson scored 13 on the night and E. J. Ollison knocked down seven points and had seven boards. Fred Durr added six points and six rebounds.
The Aggies, now 2-9, will stay in San Antonio for another Heartland Conference game on Saturday night with the University of the Incarnate Word, then head to Wichita Falls for match-up with Midwestern State on Monday.