Big Weekend for Aggie Basketball
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 01/23/06
Goodwell, OK- The Oklahoma Panhandle
State men’s basketball
team battled Western New Mexico this weekend. The Aggies earned
two victories, but had to play tough in two physical games
against a well-matched opponent.
Aggies 80, Western New Mexico 64
Friday night’s game was a battle in the paint between
OPSU’s 6-foot-9 center Aaron Harrison and WNM’s
6-foot-8 Kris Taylor.
The game was close in the first half. Although the Aggies
surged ahead by nine points with six minutes left in the half,
the Mustangs fought back, and the game stood tied at 28 at
Both teams came out determined in the second half, and each
team shot over 60 percent. However, the Aggies dominated the
boards, with Harrison pulling down 13 rebounds in the game.
OPSU put together a strong run with about 10 minutes left in
the game, and a Nick Malinowski steal followed by a flying
slam dunk ignited the crowd and put the Aggies ahead 57-46.
As the clock wound down, WNM tried to
get back into the game, but the Aggies held them off. A dunk
by OPSU’s William
Preston at the 2:14 mark gave the Aggies a 73-58 lead and seemed
to take the wind out of the Mustangs for good. The Aggies closed
out the game for an 80-64 win.
Harrison led all scorers with 23 points and had a game high
13 rebounds. Eddie Moss scored 14 points, and senior forward
Preston had 11 points and six rebounds. Malinowski added nine
points and pulled down seven rebounds.
One of the most notable performances of the night came from
OPSU guard Tim Anderson. The 5-foot-10 senior was all over
the court, scoring eight points, handing out seven assists
and picking up three steals. Anderson hit the floor several
times, but each time jumped up and raced back into the action.
WNM’s Taylor was helped from the
court during the final minute of play with a dislocated knee.
Aggies 82, Western New Mexico 81in OT
Saturday’s game was another physical battle, but WNM
was without one of the their best inside players. Taylor sat
out the game due to the knee injury from Friday night’s
OPSU came out fast in the first half, shooting 56 percent.
However, WNM appeared ready for the Aggies, and the game stayed
close. The Aggies held only a 34-30 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Mustangs and the Aggies continued
to battle it out. With just 1:42 left to play, WNM surged ahead
by five points. Two NBA-range 3-pointers in just 24 seconds
by Moss tied the game at 69 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, fans in Oscar Williams Fieldhouse had a chance
to catch their breath. With nine seconds left, Anderson calmly
stepped to the line, dried his hands on the bottom of his shoes,
and sunk the game winning free throw.
WNM tried to keep the ball away from Moss all night, but the
senior fought his way open and led all scorers with 26 points.
Both Moss and Anderson had six assists on the night and confounded
the WNM offense, coming up with ten steals between them. Moss
had six rebounds.
Preston also came up big with 17 points, and Malinowski scored
a dozen and pulled down a game high rebounds. Harrison continued
his solid play with 14 points, making six of 7 field goal attempts.
The Aggies will continue their home stand
on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at approximately 8:00 p.m. after the
Lady Aggies’ game.
The Aggies play Heartland Conference opponent the University
of the Incarnate Word.