Chalk Up Two Big “Ws” for OPSU Men’s Basketball
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/15/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team came up with a pair of VERY big wins against Montana State-Billings over the weekend in the OPSU gym. On Friday, it was a wild one, with the Aggies staging a furious rally for a 69-64 win. On Saturday, the game was close at halftime, but the Aggies simply came on the court and buried their opponents in the closing half for a 62-48 victory.
Aggies 69 MSU-Billings 64
A good Montana State-Billings team came out fast on Friday night and gained a 36-28 halftime advantage over the Aggies. However, the Aggies would have none of it and after a huge surge, a Will Stephenson lay-up put them ahead 55-54 with just under six minutes to play. Playing a hard nosed defense and choosing their shots well, the Aggies stayed their course and won 69-64.
Stephenson, a superb athlete standing 6’6, scored 17 points, hauled down ten rebounds and blocked four shots, with most of those bringing the crowd out of their seats. Crafty OPSU guard E. J. Ollison also scored 17, had eight rebounds and came up with two steals.
The balanced Aggie scoring attack also saw double digits out of Luke Ogden with 13 points and LaChawn Anderson with 11. Dependable inside player Fred Durr did a solid job hitting two key three-pointers as part of his seven points, as well as nabbing seven rebounds, dealing out four assists, and getting two steals.
It was a very big win for the Aggies, who had not played a home game since December 5.
Aggies 62 MSU-Billings 48
On Saturday, the Aggies were in control for virtually the entire game and with some very tough defense held a talented MSU-B team to under fifty points. The first half was close enough, with OPSU ahead 26-21, but the Aggies opened a lead of as much as 17 points in the second half as they cruised to the 62-48 win.
The high flying Will Stephenson again provided a great performance with 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Luke Ogden, a 6’5” sophomore from Perryton, Texas is one of the most improved players in the entire Heartland Conference. Ogden fought his way to a “double-double” on Saturday night with a dozen points and ten rebounds.
Fred Durr, a solid 6’7” and 210 pounds, was again strong in the middle with 11 points and six rebounds, while guard E. J. Ollison handed out a game high seven assists.
Guard Chuck Salisbury, a six-foot freshman from Beaver, Oklahoma got his second start of the season and responded with eight points, two assists and two steals and impressed fans with his full court hustle. Another freshman, Scott Hilton from Ulysses, Kansas also played well. The 5’11” guard scored six points.
The Aggies will stay on their home court for another Heartland Conference game on Monday, this time against Lincoln University. The men’s game will happen following the conclusion of the women’s game at approximately 8:00 p.m. Fans unable to make it to the games in person can catch all the action live from KGYN via internet broadcast. Log on to www.opsu.edu and click on “Athletics” to find the link.