Aggies Fall to Dallas Baptist, 85-57
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 2/26/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- With a Heartland Conference post season bid on the line, the Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team was in Dallas on Monday night for a match-up with a good team – the Patriots of Dallas Baptist. The teams met for the first time this season on January 26 in Goodwell when the Aggies earned a hard fought 82-79 victory.
Dallas Baptist came up with the win this time, 85-57.
It was a rough, tough first half with plenty of contact and the Patriots went to the intermission ahead 38-20 after the Aggies had several shots that rolled around inside the cylinder but jumped out into the hands of a Dallas Baptist player. Those “in and outs” helped give the Aggies just a 25% shooting percentage (eight of 32) from the field in the opening half.
With seventeen minutes left in the game, the Patriots stretched their lead to 44-26; however, the Aggies showed the heart they have played with all season and fought back to get the score to 48-36 with 12:20 left on the clock.
Both teams continued to play hard, but the Aggies still had trouble getting the ball into the basket and the Patriots held a 59-39 lead with just under nine minutes to play.
The Aggies fought right up to the final buzzer, but the Patriots came away with the victory at 85-57. The Aggies shot 28% from the field for the game – their lowest output of the season.
OPSU’s Will Stephenson, driving for the Heartland scoring title, led all scorers in the game with 24 points. Luke Ogden was high for the Aggies in rebounds with nine and Stephenson pulled down eight.
The loss dropped the Aggies to 2-7 in Heartland Conference and officially eliminated them from the league post season playoffs. Their overall record now stands at 10-15. It was the eighth straight win for the Patriots (now 5-5 in the league and 13-14 overall).
The Aggies have two road games left to play this season, both of them in Texas – Thursday in Laredo against Texas A&M International and Saturday in San Antonio against the University of the Incarnate Word.