Aggies Lose Tough One to Dallas Baptist, 68-67
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 02/05/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - It was a wide open men’s college basketball game in the Oklahoma Panhandle State gym on Saturday night and a well planned Aggie shot with one second remaining fell just short to give Dallas Baptist a 68-67 victory.
The Aggies, behind the hot shooting of LaChawn Anderson, came out fast in the first half, and led by as many as ten points. However, a tough Dallas Baptist squad fought back, and at halftime the Aggies led by just three points at 41-38. Anderson scored 19 in the first half alone.
In the second half, there were nine lead changes, and both teams worked hard for a victory. With five minutes left, the score was tied at 59 each.
Anderson, who had a 38-point night on Thursday, had a chance to win it for the Aggies in the final seconds. The 6’4” junior fought his way through heavy traffic and let loose with a jump shot with just one second remaining. However, DBU’s 6’10 Manny Montano got a hand on it and the ball fell short, giving the visitors the 68-67 victory.
Montano led all scorers with a solid 31-point performance while Anderson led the Aggies with 21. OPSU’s Will Stephenson canned 18 points and was dominant in the paint with 14 rebounds.
OPSU inside players Fred Durr and Luke Ogden scored 11 and nine, respectively, while freshman guard Scott Hilton scored six and had a game high three steals.
The Aggies now stand 6-16 on the season and will not be back on their home court until Feb. 22 when they face Heartland Conference rival St. Mary’s.