Aggies Lose by a Single Point at Newman, 68-67
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/22/2008
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team was in Wichita, Kansas on Monday night for a battle with Newman University. It was a hard fought game and Newman won a nail biter – 68-67.
The Jets of Newman had a 20-15 advantage with seven minutes to play in the first half, but an OPSU 8-0 run helped put the Aggies ahead 29-25 as the teams went to the halftime break.
The Aggies came out tough in the second half and with 14:18 left in the game, they owned a ten point margin (42-32) but they could not quite shake the Jets and OPSU led 50-44 with ten minutes to play.
The Jets got within a single point (50-49 with 7:50 to play), but eight consecutive points by OPSU junior forward Luke Ogden put the Aggies back on top 58-49 with six minutes to go.
A pesky Newman team refused to go away and with 1:28 left, the game was even at 62. As time was winding down, Newman scored a pair of fast buckets plus two free throws, and even though the Aggies’ Chuck Salisbury launched a successful three with one second left, Newman earned a hard fought 68-67 win.
The 6’4 Ogden challenged Jets players five and six inches taller through the entire game. On the night, the junior from Perryton, Texas scored 22 points, pulled down seven rebounds, blocked two shots and came up with a steal.
OPSU’s Will Stephenson, who entered the game as the Heartland Conference leading scorer and rebounder, was close to his average in both with 20 points and nine boards. Guard LaChawn Anderson scored ten points and hauled down eight rebounds, and forward Fred Durr had nine points, four rebounds and two steals. Salisbury had seven points and he and Anderson each had five assists.
After the game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson said he felt the Aggies played good enough to win, but Newman hit the clutch shots when they had to. He added that the members of his team never quit and that they will be back.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Aggies whose season record now stands at 7-8. Of those eight losses, three have been by two points or less. The Jets raised their season record to 9-5.
The next Aggie action will be in Goodwell on Thursday night for a contest with the University of Texas at Permian Basin. The opening tip for that contest is set for 8:00 and the Aggies will face another Heartland Conference foe (Dallas Baptist) at home on Saturday night at 7:00.