Aggies Nail Overtime Win Against Newman, 90-87
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 2/22/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- Close games have been the norm all season for the Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team and Thursday night was no exception as the Aggies topped Newman 90-87 in overtime. OPSU forward Will Stephenson is a bona fide All-American candidate and proved it with a dynamic 35 point performance.
It was a hotly contested game in the first half, and the Aggies went to intermission ahead 34-30.
The Aggies, led by Stephenson and Fred Durr, came out hot in the second half and with 9:20 left on the clock, they led 64-47. However, a good Newman team, led by Colombian sharpshooter Camilo Londono, roared back into contention and held an 81-78 advantage with less than ten seconds on the clock.
With Newman players climbing all over Stephenson, OPSU junior forward Luke Ogden drilled a stunning three point shot as regulation time expired to tie the game at 81-81.
In the overtime, a tough inside deuce by Mark Bultman, followed by a clutch two point jumper by Scott Hilton, and then a three point rocket by Bultman put the Aggies up 88-81, and they closed it out for their ninth win of the season.
In addition to his game high 35 points, the 6’6 Stephenson pulled down 14 rebounds, blocked five shots, handed out three assists and came up with a steal. The Chicagoan was also a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line.
Durr added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals. Ogden had nine points and seven rebounds while Bultman had eight points and six boards.
OPSU’s Jonathan Williams, a 5’6” bundle of perpetual motion, has become a crowd favorite this season. In the victory, Williams nailed both of his three point attempts as part of his eight points. Marques Loftis scored seven for the Aggies and handed out a game high six assists.
Londono’s 24 points led the way for Newman, now 13-11 on the year.
The Aggie win upped their season record to 9-14 and they are headed for a Saturday afternoon showdown with Lincoln (set for 4:00 in the OPSU gym) and a big game in Texas on Monday night against Dallas Baptist.