Aggies Blast Their Way Past Lincoln, 89-84
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 2/24/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- It was another barnburner of a men’s basketball game on Saturday in the Oklahoma Panhandle State gym as they Aggies battled their way to a big Heartland Conference win over Lincoln, 89-84. It was the second straight win for OPSU and they are still in the hunt for a league playoff spot.
In a ceremony prior to the game, OPSU seniors LaChawn Anderson, Antoine Callum, Fred Durr, Will Stephenson, and Adam Maas were honored at the their final home games in Aggie uniforms. The game was open at no charge to the public courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative.
The contest featured a great deal of athleticism from both teams and fine scoring performances from Stephenson (27 points) and Durr (19 points). Lincoln countered with their own pair of sharpshooters – Richard Williams with 19 points and Jared Boone, who led all scorers with 31 points.
The Aggies led by a single point at the halftime break (44-43).
With both teams raging at each other, Lincoln held a 57-55 lead with 14:40 left to play, but thirty seconds later a thunderous slam dunk by Stephenson brought the crowd to their feet and the game was tied at 57 each. Forty seconds after that a three-point rocket by Durr gave the Aggies a 60-57 advantage and they held the advantage for the rest of the game.
Marques Loftis, a hardworking 6’5 freshman from Amarillo put in 14 points for the Aggies, sophomore Chuck Salisbury scored eight and handed out six assists, and Anderson scored seven to go with his eight rebounds. Stephenson pulled down seven boards and also had five steals.
Post game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson was very proud of the senior leadership, especially by Durr and Stephenson and added that Durr’s defense was a major factor in the game. Olson also gave plenty of credit to the scrappy Lincoln team.
Olson and the members of his team are a very determined group and the Aggies (10-14 on the season, and 2-6 in league play) will put it all on the line on Monday night in Texas against Dallas Baptist. The top four teams in the Heartland Conference qualify for the league playoffs and an Aggie win will keep them in the hunt for the fourth spot while a loss will eliminate them.
The OPSU-Dallas Baptist game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off and fans can listen to all the action live from KGYN via internet broadcast. Log on to www.opsu.edu and click on Athletics to find the link. Fans may also catch the game on PTCI’s DITV channel 150.