OPSU Drops Tough Overtime Game to St. Mary’s
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 02-15-2008
Goodwell, Okla. -- Wild games with fast finishes have been the norm for most of the season for this year’s Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team. Thursday night’s game was between a pair of evenly matched teams – the Aggies and St. Mary’s – and forty minutes of regulation time was not enough. With the contest tied 71-71 at the beginning of overtime, St. Mary’s eventually prevailed 87-83.
It was anyone’s game in the first half, with fine athleticism all over the court. A Fred Durr two-point jump shot with a minute left on the clock gave the Aggies a 36-32 halftime advantage.
The Aggies came out tough on defense in the second half and thanks to some nice shooting by Durr and Will Stephenson, they held a 54-44 lead with twelve minutes left in the game. However, a wild 15-2 run by St. Mary’s put the visitors ahead 59-56 with just under nine minutes to play.
As time wound down, the competition was intense, but neither team could pull away and the score stood at 71 each heading into the overtime.
After a quick breather, both teams entered the five minute overtime period in determined fashion and things went down to the very end of the game before the victor was truly decided – with St. Mary’s getting the 87-83 win.
OPSU’s senior trio of Stephenson, Durr and LaChawn Anderson were all over the court all night. Stephenson’s 29 points led all scorers, while Durr and Anderson knocked down 16 and 14 points, respectively. Luke Ogden and Chuck Salisbury each added eight points.
St. Mary’s victory pushed their season record to 12-10 and they stayed at third place in the Heartland Conference (at 5-3 after the win). The loss dropped the Aggies to 8-13 on the year and sixth place in the league with a 1-5 conference record.