Luke Ogden drives inside during the UT-PB game Thursday night. - Hector Cobos photo
**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Fall on a Last Second Shot, 64-61
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 01-25-2008
Goodwell, Okla. -- After 39 minutes and 59 seconds of exciting college basketball, the game between the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies and the Falcons from the University of Texas-Permian Basin was deadlocked at 61-61 and virtually everyone in the OPSU gym was gearing up for overtime. However, and with just that single tick on the clock, the Falcons’ Quintan Lipkins nailed an NBA-range three point rocket to give his team a heart stopping 64-61 win.
The Aggies’ Luke Ogden got the first bucket of the game and the inside play of both teams in the early going was especially rugged. OPSU led only briefly in the opening half but at the break, the Falcons led by just two points at 33-31.
There was plenty of banging under the boards and the 6’4 and 210-pound Odgen and the Falcons’ Robert Harris (6’5, 239) went after each other especially hard.
A deuce by sophomore Mark Bultman followed by a pair of Ogden free throws gave OPSU a 47-36 advantage with just over 12 minutes remaining. However, a tough Falcon team fought back and tied the score at 57 each with 2:07 left.
A clutch two pointer by Ogden tied the game at 61-61 with just 2.3 seconds on the clock. However, there was still enough time for the Falcons to get the ball across mid-court to the excellent Lipkins, who nailed the door shut on the Aggies with the buzzer beating shot. For several moments there was question as to if Lipkins actually did beat the buzzer, but the ruling was that he did and the stunned crowd in the OPSU gym watched the Aggies leave the court with a heartbreaking 64-61 loss.
Ogden (a junior from Perryton, Texas) played in front of several relatives and led all scorers with 26 points, most of them coming in heavy traffic. OPSU’s fine senior guard, LaChawn Anderson also fought hard for the entire game and came up 21 points.
Bultman (of Ulysses, Kansas) scored four points and fought his way to a game high 14 rebounds. OPSU guard Chuck Salisbury scored four points and grabbed nine rebounds (one of those coming when he was almost flat on his back after a very tough exchange under the boards).
Lipkins led his team with 20 points.
After the game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson gave the Falcons and their coach, Randy Lee, plenty of credit. He also gave plenty of credit to the gutsy play of Ogden and said he liked what he saw from both Anderson and Bultman. The veteran coach added that the Aggies must take better care of the ball down the stretch.
In the last three OPSU games, they have lost by two points, one point, and three points. Now with a 7-9 record on the season, they will gear up for a Saturday night test with another talented Heartland Conference opponent – Dallas Baptist. Both teams will be ready to go at 7:00 on the OPSU gym.