**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Lose Double Overtime Heartbreaker
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 02/06/06
Goodwell, OK - Regulation was not enough, and neither
was an overtime. In fact, it took two extra periods in Silver
City, N.M. to decide the winner of the Oklahoma Panhandle State – Western
New Mexico men’s basketball game on Saturday night. It
was everything college basketball has to offer and more as
WNM picked up a 96-87 double overtime win.
With a hand in his face and seven seconds
on the clock in regulation, OPSU guard Eddie Moss drilled
a stunning 3-point bomb to tie the score at 73. Moss’ bucket
sent the game into overtime, and the two hard-working teams
took it right to the wire. However, the score was knotted
83-83 at the end of the first extra period.
The high drama continued in the second overtime. Both teams
continued to rage at each other, but WNM hit some very big
shots and closed it out for a 96-87 victory and their fourth
win of the season.
The Aggies entered the game on a five-game winning streak
and were intent on making it six. It was an exciting game from
beginning to end played in front of a loud and pumped up WNM
crowd. The home team held a 39-32 advantage at the half before
the Aggies roared back after the break.
Moss led the Aggies with 26 points. Nick Malinowski scored
seven points, which is seven under his average, but the high-flying
senior pulled down a game high 17 rebounds. William Preston
added a dozen points and seven rebounds, and Juan Carson came
off the bench to contribute 11 points and five rebounds. Center
Aaron Harrison had 16 points and seven rebounds.
It was the second game of the season between the two teams
decided in overtime. On Jan. 21 in the OPSU gym, the Aggies
picked up an 82-81 overtime victory.
The Aggies are now 6-16 and will be in
San Antonio to play Incarnate Word on Thursday and St. Mary’s