Oklahoma Panhandle State forward Will Stephenson was a one-man wrecking crew on Saturday against Bacone. The Aggies won 87-67 as Stephenson scored 30 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Smacks Bacone 87-67 Behind Stephenson’s 30
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/06/2008
Goodwell, Okla. - Led by a flashy 30-point, 15-rebound performance from forward Will Stephenson, Oklahoma Panhandle State hammered Bacone here on Saturday night, 87-67. The Aggies led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
In the opening minutes of the game, the Aggies came out fast and led by as much as 20 points (40-20), but a determined Bacone team fought back with a 16-2 run and the teams went to the intermission with OPSU leading by just six points (42-36).
OPSU coach Jerry Olson made several adjustments for the second half and his team responded with a 45-point output and a smothering defense that held Bacone to under 30% shooting. Olson also substituted heavily in the last seven minutes of the game.
Stephenson, a splendid 6’6 senior from Chicago, was a one man wrecking crew for the Aggies. He made 12 of his 18 shots from the field, five of seven free throws, hauled down 15 rebounds, blocked two shots and came up with two steals. It was his third straight “Double-Double” and his field goal and rebound totals are both Heartland Conference single game highs this season.
Guards Basil Leslie and Scott Hilton scored 17 and 13, respectively, while forward Luke Ogden scored six to go along with his five rebounds. It was Ogden, a 6’4 junior, who brought the crowd to their feet early in the game with high flying combination rebound- slam dunk.
Antoine Callum, a hard working senior center, pulled down seven rebounds, as did guard Chuck Salisbury. Salisbury was the OPSU assist leader with five and also came up with a pair of steals.
With the solid effort from the starters as well as the excellent play of the bench, the Aggies’ current 6-4 record is their best start in five years.
The Aggies won’t have much time to savor the big win because they will prepare for a trip to Fort Collins for a Tuesday clash with NCAA Division I opponent Colorado State University (6-8). The game will be in Moby Arena on the CSU campus and tipoff time is set for 7 p.m. MST.
Fans can listen to all the CSU-OPSU action live from KGYN via internet broadcast. Log on to www.opsu.edu and click on Athletics to find the link. Fans may also catch the game on PTCI’s DITV channel 150.