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**For Immediate Release**
Montana-Billings Escapes Aggies, 90-89
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 01-08-06

Goodwell, OK - On Saturday, the Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team was determined to improve over their performance in the previous night’s 88-77 loss to Montana State–Billings. The Aggies came to play on Saturday and opened up a lead by as many as 11 points in the first half, but a good run by MSU-B closed the Aggie margin to 48-47 at the end of the first half.

The game was a dogfight from start to finish with the lead changing hands 15 times, and a free throw with three seconds left gave MSU-B a hard earned 90-89 victory.

Fans in the MSU-B gym as well as the radio listeners were definitely entertained in the second half, as both teams raged at each other in a great example of what NCAA basketball has to offer.

After the halftime break, both teams came out determined to get a victory and the score stood 63-63 with 15 minutes left to play in the contest. MSU-B was able to surge ahead briefly, but at the 11 minute mark, it was tied again at 69-69.

With just under nine minutes to play, MSU-B went ahead 77-76, and a minute later went up 81-76. The Aggies had no intention of going away quietly and continued to fight for victory, and with 4:50 left, MSU-B held a slim 84-82 margin.

The game was physical, and both teams went at each other especially hard in the closing minutes. With 33 seconds to play, MSU-B was ahead 89-86, however, within seven seconds, OPSU’s Nick Malinowski nailed a three point bomb and it was tied again at 89-89.

With three seconds left to play, MSU-B’s Carlin Hughes hit a free throw to give his team a 90-89 margin which would prove to be the final score.

Malinowski led OPSU with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Aaron Harrison notched his second “Double-Double” in as many nights, this time with 15 points and ten rebounds. Eddie Moss also had a good game for OPSU with 20 points and teammate William Preston added 11.

The Aggies will be in Austin, Texas on Tuesday to play a conference game against St. Edward’s University and be back home on Saturday for a contest with Johnson and Wales University.

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