Aggies Lose a Tough One to Lincoln, 91-89
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/20/2008
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s team and Lincoln University are traditionally well matched Heartland Conference rivals and that was exactly the story on Saturday in Jefferson City, Missouri. In a hard fought college basketball game, Lincoln picked up the 91-89 win.
As expected, the going was tough in the paint, and with two teams featuring some excellent athletes who just plain went after each other.
Lincoln came out fast to open the game and took a 13-point lead (31-18 with 8:48 to play in the first half), but the Aggies came back fast and tough and eventually went on a spectacular 18-2 run.
Behind 17 points by LaChawn Anderson, and a good overall team effort, the Aggies went to the halftime break with a 46-43 lead.
OPSU’s Luke Ogden opened the second half with a three-point bomb to take the Aggie advantage to 49-43. However, Lincoln fought back and tied the score at 49 points each with 18 minutes left to play.
The action continued to be fast and furious at both ends of the court and with sixteen minutes left, the Aggies were ahead 55-54. It was obvious to all in attendance and to the listening audience that the game was going right down to the wire and the score stood 76-76 with 7:20 to play.
Both teams continued to rage at each other down the stretch and there was some big time defense by the Aggies, especially by the 6’4 Ogden, who played with authority on the inside for the entire game.
Down to the wire is exactly where it went and with eleven seconds to go OPSU guard Chuck Salisbury made a flashy layup but Lincoln was still ahead at 91-89 and that ended up as the final score of a fine ballgame.
Lincoln’s Jared Boone led all scorers with 35 points.
For the Aggies, Anderson scored 25, Will Stephenson dropped in 16, while Fred Durr and Ogden scored 14 and 11, respectively. Stephenson grabbed eight rebounds and Mark Bultman was right behind with seven. n addition to his five rebounds, Ogden also blocked three shots. Stephenson and Scott Hilton each had a pair of steals.
In his post game comments, Aggie head coach Jerry Olson gave the Lincoln squad plenty of credit and expressed his disappointment with the OPSU rebounding. Lincoln won the battle of the boards 46-32.
With the loss, the Aggie season record fell to 7-7 (0-2 in the conference) and Lincoln jumped to 5-9 (1-2). OPSU will be in Wichita, Kansas on Monday night for a 7:30 match-up with Newman University.