Another Wild Ending in OPSU’s One Point Loss
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 02-08-2008
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies squared off with the University of Texas-Permian Basin in Odessa on Thursday night and the Aggies were hungry for a win. UT-PB won the contest 76-75 and the ending was very nearly the stuff that dreams are made of – for UT-PB fans, that is...
The two teams had played on January 24 in Goodwell and UT-PB left the court with a 68-67 win that night thanks to a last second shot by Quintan Lipkins from well outside the three point arc.
Thursday, it was a hotly contested game from the opening tip and UT-PB went to the halftime break with 40-36 advantage.
With both teams going after each other, the score was even at 46 each with 16:20 remaining and twenty seconds later, a Will Stephenson deuce gave the Aggies a 48-46 lead.
With 12:20 left OPSU was up 54-53, but after some very intense action, UT-PB was ahead 61-60 near the nine minute mark. Near the six minute mark, OPSU’s Scott Hilton drilled a three point rocket and Stephenson quickly followed with a short jumper to put the Aggies up 65-61.
After a Stephenson layup, the Aggies led 71-69 with just under three minutes left, but with 1:30 to go the game was tied for the 12th time (this time at 71-71).
After more intense action, UT-PB was ahead 74-73, but a sensational steal by forward Luke Ogden gave the Aggies the ball back with 23 seconds to play. A courageous tip in heavy traffic by Stephenson gave the Aggies a 75-74 lead with five seconds on the clock.
What came next was hard to believe, in fact, very hard to believe. Once again, and with 1.5 seconds on the clock, UT-PB’s Lipkins got the ball in his hands and nailed a clutch jump shot and the game was over . . . . UTPB 76 . . . OPSU 75, and virtually everyone in the gym was stunned.
Post game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson said his Aggies played with heart, especially in the second half, and went to the boards hard.
Fred Durr led the OPSU scoring with 19 points and Stephenson scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Freshman Marquis Loftis scored a dozen, Hilton scored ten, and LaChawn Anderson put in nine to go with seven rebounds and three steals. Ogden added four points, pulled down eight rebounds, and blocked two shots.
Lipkins scored 16 points for UT-PB, now 8-12 on the year.
With the loss, the Aggies’ season record fell to 8-12 and they stand 1-4 in the Heartland Conference. Their next action will be next Thursday night, with a home game against St. Mary’s.