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
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
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.