Aggies Fall to League Leading St. Edward’s
By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 2/17/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- Sporting a 17-5 season record, the St. Edward’s University basketball team was on the OPSU court on Saturday night for men’s college action. The Aggies displayed enough heart in the game, but suffered through one of their worst shooting nights of the season as St. Edward’s picked up the 69-58 victory.
The Aggies were more than prepared to make a game of it, and thanks to some very good teamwork and hustle, they went to the halftime break ahead 34-28. However, the Aggies managed just 27% shooting in the second half as St. Edward’s outscored them 41-24.
Fred Durr and Will Stephenson were the only Aggies to score in double figures as both scored 15. Stephenson entered the contest as the Heartland Conference leader in scoring average (20.0) and rebounds per game (9.1). The senior from Chicago also entered the game tied for first in shot blocking at 1.63 per game. On Saturday, Stephenson had nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
Freshman Marques Loftis scored seven points for OPSU while junior Luke Ogden scored six and pulled down six rebounds. Sophomore guard Chuck Salisbury worked hard through the entire game and came up with seven steals, one short of this year’s conference high.
Post game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson said he was not happy with his team’s overall shot selection, but gave plenty of credit to St. Edward’s, especially in their overall team depth.
With their victory, St. Edward’s (18-5 on the year) upped their conference record to 7-1 and they sit in first place. With the loss, the Aggies fell to 8-14 on the season and 1-6 in the conference (sixth place).
Many spectators in the nearly 700 person audience wore at least one article of pink attire as part of the NCAA “Think Pink” nationwide promotion concerning breast cancer awareness. In addition, both the OPSU men’s and women’s games on Saturday were open at no charge to the general public, thanks to the sponsorship of EPIC PCS. Bob and Dian Boaldin and several other members of the EPIC PCS management team were on hand for the games and the Boaldins received a basketball autographed by the OPSU teams.
The Aggies will be back on their home court on Thursday for a contest with Newman University.