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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Men Lose Another Close One, 62-58
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 1/12/06

Goodwell, OK- The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team traveled to Austin, Texas for a Wednesday night game with St. Edward’s University. The Aggies worked very hard for victory, but St. Edward’s pulled out a 62-58 win in the final minute.

OPSU had won only one game on the season going in, compared to ten for a good St. Edward’s team, but the Aggies were not one bit intimidated and led by as much as seven points in the opening half. However, as the clock wound down in the first period, the Aggies had turnover problems, and the score stood 31-30 at the break with St. Edward’s holding the advantage.

In the second half, both teams came out fast. The Aggies stayed step for step with their opponents, and St. Edward’s was up 39-38 with just over 15 minutes to play in the game. With just under 12 minutes to play, the score was knotted at 42 points each, and the Aggies were fighting hard on both ends of the court.

With 7:32 left, the score was still tied, this time at 49-49. St. Edward’s went on a 6-0 run to take a 55-49 advantage. The Aggies came back rapidly, and the score stood 57-56 for St. Edward’s near the three-minute mark.

The Aggies were patient, and a William Preston bucket put OPSU ahead 58-57 with 1:30 left to play, but with 40 seconds to go, St. Edward’s seized the lead at 59-58.

St. Edward’s closed things out from the free throw line and gained the victory, 62-58. It was the second straight hard luck loss for OPSU, after losing 90-89 at Montana-Billings last Saturday. The Aggies are now 1-14 on the season, and St. Edward’s is 11-3.

Preston led the Aggies with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Eddie Moss scored 14. Aaron Harrison chipped in ten points to the OPSU cause, and Nick Malinowski added nine.

The Aggies will be back on their home court on Saturday for a non-conference game with Johnson and Wales University. Tip-off will be at 5:00 PM.


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